Millimeter wave spectrum-- stretching from 28 GHz to 39 GHz to 37 GHz to the 64-71 GHz band-- has been identified as a key element of forthcoming 5G networks. And according to new maps provided by Allnet Insights & Analytics, there is a lot of millimeter wave spectrum currently under control by the FCC.
The incentive auction of prized 600 MHz spectrum still faces some major challenges, but the FCC is clearly off to a good start.
The FCC today announced it will be able to offer a whopping 126 MHz, or 10 paired blocks, of licensed spectrum on a near-nationwide basis in the forward portion of its 600 MHz incentive auction. That's a huge victory for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and it potentially creates an opening for a new wireless carrier to launch in the United States.
The FCC today announced an initial spectrum clearing target of 126 MHz for the 600 MHz incentive auction, a figure that represents the maximum amount of spectrum the commission had hoped to offer.
Dish Network executives were predictably opaque during Wednesday's earnings call regarding the company's plans to leverage its spectrum assets. So analysts continue to speculate about what the spectrum is worth, who might eventually use it and how.
EE director of regulatory strategy Inge Hansen called on the UK government to ease planning restrictions covering deployment of fresh infrastructure, arguing that moves to free up additional spectrum alone will not enable operators to match future mobile data demand.
The FCC's upcoming incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves likely won't generate as much money as last year's auction of AWS-3 spectrum, according to Evercore ISI analysts.
The FCC's long-awaited incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum effectively kicks off tonight as the Commission begins to reconfigure TV broadcasters' airwaves for use by mobile service providers. But while the auction has been six years in the making, much work is yet to be done.
T-Mobile announced plans to issue $1 billion in bonds to fund the acquisition of more 700 MHz A Block spectrum and other airwaves.
The National Association of Broadcasters again protested the FCC's 39-month timeline for repacking TV spectrum following the upcoming incentive auction, saying the Commission "has not done any serious analysis" of the work required to move broadcasters to new channels.