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3.45 GHz auction surges past $10.5 billion in bids

The 3.45 GHz auction action has jumped in the past few days, sending the total value of bids thus far past the $10.5 billion mark after 34 rounds. Last Thursday, the auction had only raised around $3 billion after 19 rounds. On Friday, the...

3.45 GHz auction chugs past $3 billion

After 19 rounds, the Federal Communications Commission's 3.45 GHz midband spectrum auction has raised a little more than $3 billion in bids from the field of 33 qualified bidders. The auction must meet a reserve price of $14.7 billion. Four rounds of bidding will be...

3.45 GHz auction makes its first billion in bids

The 3.45 GHz auction has surpassed one billion dollars in bidding after eight rounds, with bids totaling $1.185 billion. There's still quite a ways to go before the auction hits its minimum reserve price of $14.7 billion. Three rounds of bidding will be held...

3.45 GHz auction raises $672 million in its first day

The 3.45 GHz auction of 100 megahertz of midband spectrum raised more than $672 million in its first two rounds of bidding. The auction reserve price is $14.7 billion. Three additional rounds of bidding are scheduled for today. Sasha Javid, COO at Bitpath and...

Midband spectrum Q&A: Ed Alfonso, Nokia’s head of Mobile Networks Americas

Midband spectrum is widely recognized to be the sweet spot for 5G deployments globally, due to its combination of large amounts of available bandwidth and better propagation characteristics than millimeter-wave. In the past year, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has auctioned the 70 megahertz...

Midband spectrum strategies: T-Mobile US

T-Mo serves up the layer cake Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of three stories laying out the national mobile network operators’ plans for midband spectrum. The first, on Verizon's position, can be read here. T-Mobile US has been building out its 2.5...

Challenges in midband spectrum

What are technical and operational challenges in the midband spectrum for companies operating networks in the United States? In every spectrum band, there are some sort of challenges that wireless systems have to deal with: Limited channel bandwidth, passive intermodulation, propagation or in-building penetration...

Midband spectrum strategies: Verizon

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of three stories laying out the national mobile network operators' plans for midband spectrum. Verizon has made no secret of where the future of its network lies, and that is closely tied to its new...

Ten notable midband tests and trials

As the telecom ecosystem gets deeper into CBRS deployments and eagerly awaits the availability of C-Band spectrum, carriers and vendors are partnering on numerous tests and trials of various aspects of the two bands. In the C-Band, most testing is focused on pre-deployment work...

AT&T asks FCC for rules around midband spectrum limits

AT&T has asked the Federal Communications Commission to establish rules around how much midband spectrum that a 5G service provider can hold, saying that such rules "are needed to ensure that every provider has a fair and efficient opportunity to acquire the mid-band spectrum...

How much midband spectrum is needed for 5G?

Just how much midband spectrum is needed for 5G, anyway? The default telecom answer to this type of spectrum question seems to be, “As much as we can get” – but here’s a look that offers some more specifics. The GSMA commissioned a report from...

US midband spectrum auctions, recapped

There have been two recent U.S. midband spectrum auctions for spectrum between 3-4 GHz: The shared spectrum of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum and the C-Band auction. How did those fall out in terms of spectrum won? The CBRS Priority Access License (PAL)...

Ligado gets 3GPP nod for 5G deployment in the L-band

Ligado Networks said that it has received approvals from the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) on specifications that will allow the deployment of 5G in its L-band spectrum. Specifically, Ligado said that 3GP approved a new 5G New Radio band n24 and some updates to...

NTIA, FCC release coordination info for 3.45-3.55 GHz

In preparation for the auction of the 100 megahertz of midband spectrum at 3.45-3.55 GHz this fall, the Federal Communications Commission and National Telecommunications and Information Administration have released details on the limited locations in which commercial operators will have to coordinate with federal...

FCC moves to put more midband spectrum in play

The Federal Communications Commission plans to hold an auction of spectrum at 3.45-3.55 GHz by the end of this year, putting additional midband spectrum in play for 5G services. Auction 110, set to begin in early October, will offer up to 100 megahertz of...

55 rounds in, C Band auction clears $78 billion in bids

After 55 rounds of bidding, the Federal Communications Commission's auction of midband satellite spectrum has raised about $78.5 billion in bids. Prices are slowly settling for most of the licenses on offer, with demand equalling the supply of licenses for 305 of the license...

FCC’s auction holiday haul: Closing in on $70 billion

After 45 rounds that have raised $69.8 billion in bids from a field of 57 qualified bidders, the C Band auction is taking a break for the holidays. The auction will resume January 4. The auction's total raised has far exceeded estimates and has...

FCC nudges C Band auction into higher gear

The Federal Communications Commission is increasing the number of daily rounds in the C Band auction from four to five and cutting the round-duration to just 30 minutes each, angling to push the auction toward conclusion. After 29 rounds, the auction has now raised...

C Band auction approaches $8 billion

After 17 rounds, the C Band auction has brought in more than $7.9 billion, as the field of 57 bidders continues to compete for the 280 megahertz of midband spectrum on offer. The 3.7 GHz service auction has already significantly exceeded the amount raised by...

FCC vote to expand use of 4.9 GHz, despite public safety’s protests

The Federal Communications Commission has voted along party lines to expand the use of the 4.9 GHz band, over objections from public safety users. The 4.9 GHz spectrum, which consists of 50 megahertz (4.940-4.990 GHz), was designated for exclusive use by public safety for fixed...

FCC will vote on opening up 3.45-3.55 GHz for mobile networks

Following up on White House and Department of Defense efforts to open up another 100 megahertz of midband spectrum for mobile networks, the Federal Communications Commission is set to vote later this month on plans for 3.45-3.55 GHz. Chairman Ajit Pai announced yesterday that he...

Midband spectrum infusion: 3.45-3.55 GHz will be opened up for 5G

White House and Department of Defense officials have announced plans to commercialize another 100 megahertz of highly desired midband spectrum for terrestrial 5G use, with an auction happening as soon as next year. The airwaves from 3.45 GHz-3.55 GHz are adjacent to the Citizens Broadband...

NTIA looks at more midband spectrum for potential sharing

NTIA: 3450-3550 MHz "is a good candidate for potential spectrum sharing" In its hunt for additional midband spectrum that could be cleared or shared to make more room for mobile networks, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration says has identified a "good candidate": Spectrum from...

271 bidders will compete for CBRS PALs

With just a few weeks to go before the auction of Priority Access Licenses for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service band at 3.5 GHz, 271 bidders are set to compete for the more than 22,000 licenses across the U.S. The FCC's list of qualified bidders...

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