A US sale of C-Band spectrum (3.7GHz to 4.2GHz) got off to a strong start yesterday (8 December), with more than $1.9 billion bid on the opening day of an auction analysts flagged as key for operators’ 5G plans.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai stated the latest auction was a “big day for American consumers”, as it will pave the way for provision of “fast 5G wireless services”.
The agency noted the C-Band proceeding was its “largest mid-band 5G” auction to date, with a total of 280MHz of spectrum and 5,684 licences up for grabs.
In a research note, MoffettNathanson senior analyst Craig Moffett highlighted the sale as potentially “the most important wireless auction of our time”, explaining “there is precious little additional mid-band spectrum in the FCC’s pipeline, and nothing with similarly large block widths”.
CCS Insight director for consumer and connectivity Kester Mann tweeted the sale is “particularly important to Verizon which lags its rivals in the low/mid-band”.Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back