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India preps for next round of 5G spectrum auctions, seeks pricing recommendations

5G spectrum pricing has been a sticking point for Indian mobile operators, who have claimed that prices are much higher than the global going rate In preparation for the next round of 5G spectrum auctions, India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has reportedly asked telecom regulator...

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)...

Rogers Communications deploys 5G in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Currently, Rogers’ 5G services are available in more than 700 communities in Canada Rogers Communications is bringing 5G to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The network, built with help from Ericsson, is the first and only 5G network in Atlantic Canada, and is also available in communities...

What will be the long term impact of the RDOF auction? (Analyst Angle)

The RDOF auction started with the great promise of bringing broadband to vast swatches of the U.S. that is lacking this essential utility.  It ended with questions of whether that promise can be fulfilled. The RDOF auction was established to provide government funding to deploy...

Four key 5G spectrum auctions to watch in 2021

Australia, India, Brazil and the U.K. have spectrum auctions planned throughout 2021 As 5G deployments accelerate globally, regulators still need to award key 5G frequencies to allow carriers to provide high-capacity services and, in some cases, provide a broader coverage in certain geographies. Here we...

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...

C Band auction nears $3.4 billion

The C Band auction has raised $3.385 billion after eight rounds of bidding.  Auction 107 (aka the 3.7 GHz service auction) shifts to four rounds of bidding today. That total puts the C Band auction on track to quickly exceed the amount raised by the...

C Band auction raises $1.7b in first round, $1.9b in first day

From a field of 57 qualified bidders, the eagerly anticipated C Band auction has raised $1.7 billion in its first round and $1.9 billion in its first day of bidding. Two rounds of bidding were held on Tuesday, each lasting two hours. Starting Wednesday,...

C Band auction is underway, in a shift that will shape 5G

The C Band auction is officially underway, with two rounds of bidding to be held today. It is the Federal Communications Commission's largest auction of midband spectrum to date, offering up 280 megahertz of highly anticipated midband spectrum that, while not immediately available for...

PALs auction surpasses $500 million in bids

Auction moves to three daily rounds After seven rounds of bidding, the Priority Access License auction of Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum at 3.5 GHz has raked in $554 million in bids, as of the close of the seventh round of bidding. The auction continues to...

Malaysia revokes 5G spectrum allocations following backlash

The backtracking is due to the lack of tender, as well legal and technical issues Malaysian regulators have reportedly reversed an earlier decision to assign spectrum to operators in lieu of a bidding process. In a decision Bloomberg called an “abrupt departure” from the original...

FCC sets rules for CBRS PALs auction

PALs auction will offer up 22,631 county-level licenses On the heels of a millimeter wave auction which featured the largest amount of spectrum ever put forth for auction in the U.S., the next Federal Communications Commission auction is chasing a different superlative: the most licenses...

Thailand raises $3.2 billion in 5G spectrum auctions, 48 licenses sold

NBTC Secretary-General: 'Overall 5G network investment in Thailand could reach more than $4 billion this year' Thailand's telecoms regulator The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) held the country’s 5G spectrum auction over the weekend, raising 100.52 billion baht ($3.2 billion) as operators grabbed 48...

Pai’s plan for C Band: Auction 280 megahertz, offer incentive payments for rapid clearing

Pai's plan would set a C Band auction for early December 2020 Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today outlined plans for a public auction of mid-band airwaves that would make 280 megahertz of spectrum available for terrestrial 5G services, raise money for the U.S....

South Africa is still several years away from mass 5G adoption

GSMA: "South Africa will lead the increase in 5G activity expected in sub-Saharan Africa" According to a recent GSMA trade association survey report, the increase in 5G activity expected in sub-Saharan Africa will be led by South Africa, “the most advanced market in the region.”...

mmWave auction crawls past $7 billion

The ongoing Federal Communications Commission auction of millimeter wave licenses has now raised $7 billion in bids, with bidding continuing to slow and jockeying in the most recent round focused on smaller markets. The FCC is now holding five rounds of bidding per day. Between...

mmWave auction bids reach $1.4 billion

Bidding in the Federal Communications Commission's latest auction of millimeter wave spectrum has reached more than $1.4 billion, after three days and eight rounds. Three more rounds will be held today, with three rounds per day to be held next week as well. The latest Spectrum...

FCC’s latest mmWave auction raises $637 million in first round

Editor's note: This story has been updated. Bidding kicked off Tuesday in the Federal Communications Commission's largest-ever spectrum auction. The latest Spectrum Frontiers auction of millimeter wave bands has raised more than $637 million in its first round of bidding. By the end of the...

#TBT: Sprint bows out of 600 MHz auction; Apple’s iPhone 6s sets sales records; Google buys into RCS … this week in 2015

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Googles makes an...

FCC wraps up 24 GHz auction, looks ahead to auctioning more mmWave spectrum in December

The Federal Communications Commission has officially wrapped up its first two millimeter wave spectrum auctions of the year, raising more than $2.7 billion in gross bids for more than 5,800 spectrum licenses from a total of 55 bidders. The agency is already looking ahead...

24 GHz auction’s second phase starts tomorrow

The second phase of the Federal Communications Commission's 24 GHz auction begins tomorrow, in which winning bidders will be assigned their spectrum blocks and can bid for specific blocks. The auction's initial "clock phase" concluded on April 17 after 91 rounds, raising more than...

The Canadian 600 MHz spectrum auction by the numbers (Analyst Angle)

On April 10, 2019, Canada’s ISED announced the 600 MHz provisional auction results.  This was two years after the FCC announced the results for the US broadcast incentive auction which yielded $19.8 billion in gross revenue for 70 megahertz of valuable “low-band” spectrum to...

Auction 102: $1.6 billion and counting

The bids for 24 GHz spectrum continue to go up, with $1.63 billion in bids garnered through the first 32 rounds of bidding. Another three rounds will be held to close out this week. Comparatively, the 28 GHz auction held earlier this year raised only...

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