FCC announces winners of 24GHz, 28GHz mmWave auctions

4 Jun 2019

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed the identities of the winning bidders of its recently concluded millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum auctions, Auction 101 (28GHz) and Auction 102 (24GHz).

Auction 101, which concluded in January this year, generating a total of USD702.6 million, was dominated by Verizon, which spent USD505.7 million on 1,066 licences, followed by US Cellular (USD129.4 million for 408 licences) and T-Mobile US (USD39.3 million for 865 licences).

In contrast, AT&T was the big winner in Auction 102, paying USD982.5 million for 831 of the 2,909 available licences. Next in line was T-Mobile US (USD803.2 million, 1,346 licences), followed by US Cellular (USD126.6 million, 282 licences) and BFWA operator Starry (USD48.5 million for 104 licences).

On 10 December 2019, the FCC will begin Auction 103, which will comprise spectrum in the upper 37GHz, 39GHz and 47GHz bands.