74 bidders apply for FCC’s 3.7GHz auction

21 Oct 2020

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that it has received a total of 74 short-form applications ahead of its planned auction of spectrum in the 3.7GHz-3.98GHz band. The spectrum sale, Auction 107, is scheduled to commence on 8 December 2020. Of the applications, 38 are said to be complete, while the remaining 36 are incomplete. Companies that have filed incomplete paperwork have until 2 November to rectify any issues and make the required upfront payment.

Notable would-be bidders in the ‘complete’ category include AT&T Spectrum Frontiers, Cellco Partnership (Verizon Wireless), Cox Communications and US Cellular, while ‘incomplete’ applicants include Cellular South (C Spire) and T-Mobile US. Both lists are dominated by smaller, regional providers.

In total, 5,684 licences will be auctioned, divided into 14 sub-blocks in each of the 406 Partial Economic Areas (PEAs). The A-block will incorporate five 20MHz blocks in the 3.7GHz–3.8GHz range; the B-block will include five 20MHz blocks between 3.8GHz-3.9GHz; and the C-block will comprise four 20MHz sub-blocks between 3900MHz-3980MHz; spectrum in the 3980MHz-4000MHz range will be maintained as a guard band and is not available for auction.