FCC reveals 3.5GHz winners in US territories

4 Sep 2020

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has revealed that a number of operators representing the unincorporated US territories have won 5G-suitable 3.5GHz licences in the recently concluded Auction 105 spectrum sale.

In Puerto Rico Claro, bidding as Puerto Rico Telephone Company, committed to pay USD18.888 million for a total of 231 licences, while fixed-wireless operator Aeronet Wireless Broadband offered USD11.213 million for 224 concessions.

Over in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands GTA (bidding as TeleGuam Holdings) paid USD644,000 for four licences, while IT&E (bidding as PTI Pacifica) agreed to pay USD529,400 for 15 licences. Interestingly, DOCOMO Pacific, which launched 5G mobile services in both Guam and Saipan (on the Northern Mariana Islands) in August, came away empty-handed, despite registering to participate in the auction.

Finally, in American Samoa, AST Telecom (BlueSky) offered USD47,600 for twelve licences.

(Note: other companies may have secured licences in the overseas territories, bidding via holding companies.)

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, gross proceeds from Auction 105 reached USD4.586 billion, with the winning bidders securing 20,625 (91.1%) of the 22,631 available licences. The 3550MHz-3650MHz concessions represented the ‘greatest number of spectrum licences ever in a single FCC auction’.