T-Mobile US seeks special temporary authority to trial 3.45GHz spectrum

19 May 2022

T-Mobile US has requested special temporary authority (STA) from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to test spectrum in the 3.45GHz-3.55GHz band in and around Dallas, Texas, Kansas City, Missouri, New York City, New York and Seattle, Washington. The STA, which was unearthed by RCR Wireless, was requested by holding company T-Mobile License and covers the period from 2 May to 29 October. Grant of the STA will permit T-Mobile to test the band – in cooperation with equipment manufacturers – in advance of providing services to the public.

T-Mobile US was a successful bidder in the FCC’s recently concluded 3.45GHz band auction (Auction 110), after submitting more than USD2.89 billion in gross bids to secure 199 licences covering 79 Partial Economic Areas (PEAs).