82 applicants qualified to bid in Auction 108, FCC confirms

13 Jul 2022

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has confirmed that 82 applicants are qualified to bid in Auction 108, which is scheduled to begin on 29 July 2022. Notable bidders on the complete list include: Cellco Partnership (Verizon Wireless), AT&T Auction 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 Puerto Rican operators Aeronet Wireless Broadband and Puerto Rico Telephone Company (Claro); American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) and AST Telecom (Bluesky) in American Samoa; DOCOMO Pacific and PTI Pacifica (IT&E), which operate in Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands; and Guam-based TeleGuam Holdings (GTA).

Auction 108 will offer new flexible‐use geographic overlay licences in the 2496MHz-2690MHz (2.5GHz) band. Up to three blocks of spectrum will be licensed on a county basis, meaning approximately 8,000 licences will be up for grabs.