FCC Launches First High-Band 5G Spectrum Auction in US
The FCC officially launched the US’s first high-band 5G spectrum auction last Wednesday, starting the bidding on spectrum in the 28 GHz band, followed by spectrum in the 24 GHz band.
The agency said that it is making 1.55 gigahertz of spectrum available and the auctions will be followed by a 2019 auction of three more millimeter-wave spectrum bands — 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz.
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said that the spectrum being auctioned over the next 15 months is more spectrum than is currently used for terrestrial mobile broadband by all wireless service providers combined. It will also allow faster broadband for applications such as driverless cars, smart agriculture, and telehealth.