USA: FCC starts auction of 37, 39 GHz band spectrum for 5G services

woensdag, 11 december 2019 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal

11 dec. 2019

The US Federal Communications Commission has kicked off a new auction of mmWave spectrum for 5G services. Bidding began 10 December on spectrum in the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz bands, with a total of 3,400 MHz available for purchase.
The FCC said this is the largest amount of contiguous spectrum available in the millimeter-wave bands. The 24 and 28 GHz bands were already auctioned earlier this year, and the FCC plans to release mid-band frequencies for 5G, in the 3.5 GHz and 3.7-4.2 GHz range in 2020.

The latest incentive auction will have two phases: a clock phase in which bidders may bid on generic license blocks, and an assignment phase in which clock phase winners may bid on specific frequencies. Incentive payments will be offered to incumbents who choose to relinquish their spectrum usage rights to make new licenses available, and they can also use their existing holdings as credit towards bids in the auction. If they choose not to give up existing rights, the FCC's order provides for ways to adapt their licences so they align with the new spectrum plan.

US operators, as well as vendors such as Ericsson, Intel, Nokia and Huawei, have already been testing these bands for 5G services, with plans particularly advanced for the 39 GHz band. AT&T is expected to use the 39 GHz band to boost its 5G coverage in urban areas. The company lost out in a bidding war last year with Verizon to acquire significant holdings in the range with the company Straight Path.

Dit gaat dus over frequenties boven de 30 GHz en daarmee zitten ze dus in het mm golven gebied.

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