39 bidders line up for US 2.5GHz auction; FCC also receives 54 incomplete filings

14 Jun 2022

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that it has received 39 ‘complete’ applications from bidders interested in participating in Auction 108, alongside a further 54 ‘incomplete’ filings. The auction, which will offer new flexible‐use geographic overlay licences in the 2.5GHz band, is scheduled to begin on 29 July 2022.

Notable bidders on the complete list include: AT&T Spectrum Holdings, United States Cellular Corporation (UScellular), T-Mobile License (T-Mobile US) and Cellular South Licenses (C Spire). (Note: according to Fierce Wireless, DISH Network is registered as Carbonate Wireless.) In the US overseas territories, meanwhile, bidders include AST Telecom (Bluesky) in American Samoa and DOCOMO Pacific, which operates in Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands.

The list of bidders who have filed incomplete paperwork includes the likes of Cellco Partnership (Verizon Wireless) and overseas operators such as Aeronet Wireless Broadband and Puerto Rico Telephone Company (Claro), PTI Pacifica (IT&E) and TeleGuam Holdings (GTA). To become a qualified bidder for Auction 108, each applicant must resubmit its application, having corrected any deficiencies, and make the required upfront payment by the 23 June deadline.