FCC to start 24GHz 5G auction on 14 March

4 Feb 2019

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that it will initiate ‘Auction 102’ – its sale of Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service (UMFUS) licences in the 24.25GHz-24.45GHz/24.75GHz-25.25GHz (24GHz) band – on 14 March. Upfront payments from registered participants are due by 19 February 2019.

Auction 102 represents the FCC’s second sale of millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum in recent months. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Auction 101, which comprised spectrum in the 27.5GHz–28.35GHz (28GHz) band, concluded on 24 January, after 176 rounds of bidding. Auction 101 generated total bids of USD702.57 million, with offers for 2,965 of the 3,072 available licences.

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