According to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) documentation, Auction 105 – its sale of 5G-suitable (3550MHz-3650MHz) 3.5GHz spectrum – has passed the USD675 million mark, ending the tenth round of bidding with total commitments of USD675.2 million.
The auction is offering 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. Los Angeles County is understood to be the county that has witnessed the highest level of bidding demand to date.
The 271 registered bidders include: AT&T Spectrum Frontiers, Cable ONE, Cincinnati Bell, Consolidated Communications Enterprise Services, Cox Communications, Frontier Communications, Mediacom, Shenandoah Cable Television, T-Mobile License, United States Cellular Corporation, Verizon Wireless Network Procurement and Windstream Services. (Note: DISH Network is understood to be bidding as Wetterhorn Wireless.)