Bidders line up for FCC’s Auction 110

19 Aug 2021

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has revealed that it has received a total of 26 ‘complete’ applications ahead of its Auction 110 spectrum sale in October, alongside a further 16 ‘incomplete’ submissions. Notable companies that have filed complete paperwork include the likes of AT&T Auction Holdings (AT&T Communications), T-Mobile License (T-Mobile US) and United States Cellular Corporation (UScellular). Fierce Wireless notes that DISH Network has lodged an application via a holding company called Weminuche, while Grain Management will bid via New Level III.

The list of incomplete bidders, meanwhile, includes major players such as Cellco Partnership (Verizon Wireless) and Frontier Communications Holdings. The two lists are rounded out with small-scale regional operators, spectrum investors and assorted bidding vehicles. Companies have until 2 September to finalise their incomplete submissions.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Auction 110 will include 100MHz of mid-band spectrum in the 3.45GHz-3.55GHz band. The process will begin on 5 October 2021 and see the spectrum divided into ten 10MHz blocks licensed by Partial Economic Area (PEA), for a total of 4,060 flexible-use licences.