T-Mobile spends USD9.3bn on C-band spectrum; will use to bolster 2.5GHz 5G rollout

12 Mar 2021

T-Mobile US has confirmed that it spent just over USD9.3 billion in the recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Auction 107 sale of C-band spectrum. The mobile giant says it won an average of 40MHz of C-band spectrum ‘in key areas home to nearly 225 million people’, which it will deploy to add additional depth to its existing 2.5GHz ‘Ultra Capacity’ 5G network.

Neville Ray, President of Technology at T-Mobile, commented: ‘Simply put, Verizon and AT&T bet on the wrong horse – went all in on millimetre wave – and now they’re scrambling … and writing big checks … to try to catch up. Meanwhile we’re on track to deploy Ultra Capacity 5G nationwide before they can even get their hands on C-band.’

TeleGeography notes that Auction 107, which comprised frequencies in the 3.7GHz-3.98GHz band, generated net winning bids totalling USD81.114 billion, with 21 bidders winning all of the 5,684 available licences.

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