Kagan Research: Auction 66 will be a chess game

Kagan Research gives some interesting insight on the upcoming auction of advanced wireless services (AWS). The firm says Auction 66 will introduce two new geographic license areas into the competitive mix as well as add more spectrum with the original MSA/RSA boundaries, but at a new frequency. "Bidders face a sort of multi-dimensional chess game in identifying which population groups, which geographies and which clusters they will go after to achieve the best economies and competitive positions at the best prices," said Sharon Armbrust, a senior consultant at Kagan Research. Research highlights from the data sourcebook include:

  • In an unlikely turn, Tampa-St. Petersburg is the most densely populated Economic Area (the continental U.S. is divided into 170 EAs) with 1,014 persons per square mile. The second-ranked New York City-Long Island EA license, while holding a much larger total population, includes some lightly populated geography that lowers its average to 938 persons per mile.
  • The fastest growing EA is Las Vegas, with a 3.21% population growth rate forecast for 2005-2010.
  • Washington D.C.-Baltimore sports the highest mean household income at $64,174 per family.

To read more about Kagan Research's report:
- take a look at this release