Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai has announced that the agency has certified four Spectrum Access System (SAS) administrators, paving the way for ‘full commercial operations in the 3.5GHz band. Last year, the FCC approved these SAS administrators – CommScope, Federated Wireless, Google and Sony – for initial commercial deployments. At that juncture, all parties had satisfied the FCC’s laboratory testing requirements.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the FCC has proposed to stage Auction 105 – its sale of 5G-suitable spectrum in the 3550MHz-3700MHz (3.5GHz) band – on 25 June 2020. The auction will offer seven Priority Access Licences (PALs) in each county-based licence area, for a total of 22,631 PALs nationwide. Each PAL will be a ten-year renewable licence, consisting of an unpaired 10MHz channel.