2.5GHz auction planned for July, FCC boss confirms

2 Mar 2022

Speaking at the Mobile World Congress 2022 event in Barcelona, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has announced that the US watchdog expects to stage its next 5G-suitable spectrum auction in July this year. She told delegates: ‘Now for the big reveal. I’m excited to announce today that the United States will hold another mid-band spectrum auction. This July we will kick off our auction of the 2.5GHz band. This is the single largest swath of contiguous mid-band spectrum we have below 3GHz and the airwaves available in this auction are going to help extend 5G service beyond our most populated areas. Then, no rest for the weary, we will turn our sights to working with our federal partners to open up the next tranche of mid-band spectrum in the 3.1GHz-3.45GHz band.’

Intriguingly, Ms. Rosenworcel also suggested that the US is ready to lay the groundwork to support its future 6G agenda. She noted: ‘In fact, I believe for 6G we need to start planning now to identify spectrum in the 7GHz-15GHz range that can support faster speeds and wider coverage. I also believe it’s not too early to harmonise these efforts across the world.’

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