FCC Public sale 110 for mid-band 5G spectrum will get $21.9B in successful bids

The newest FCC public sale (#110) of mid-band spectrum for 5G ended Tuesday with a complete of $21.9 billion in successful bids.  That whole is roughly according to pre-auction estimates.

Public sale 110 provided 100 megahertz of mid-band spectrum within the 3.45–3.55 GHz band (the three.45 GHz Service) for versatile use, together with 5G wi-fi. The 100 megahertz of spectrum accessible in Public sale 110 shall be licensed on an unpaired foundation divided into ten 10-megahertz blocks in partial financial areas (PEAs) positioned within the contiguous 48 states and the District of Columbia (PEAs 1–41, 43–211, 213–263, 265–297, 299–359, and 361–411).  These 10-megahertz blocks are designated as A via J.

The clock section concluded on November 16, 2021.  The FCC will launch a public discover inside the subsequent few enterprise days saying particulars in regards to the task section, together with the date and time when bidding within the task section will start.

See the Public sale 110 web site for extra data.


  • Certified Bidders (Clock Part)= 33
  • Licenses Gained=4041
  • FCC Held Licenses=19
  • Whole Licenses=4060
  • Gross Proceeds as of Clock Part=$21,888,007,794

Subsequent up is the public sale’s “task” section, whereby successful bidders can choose the particular frequencies they wish to use. After that section is over, the FCC will announce the identities of the successful bidders. That may not occur till December or January.

Main contributors within the public sale included AT&T, Verizon, T-Cell, Dish Community, Grain Administration and Columbia Capital.

The spectrum on this public sale is right for 5G.  Mid-band spectrum is in excessive demand as a result of it’s extensively considered as offering the optimum mixture of velocity and protection for 5G. Licenses in Public sale 110 bought for a mean of $0.666 per MHz per individual (MHz pop) within the protection space, in keeping with Sasha Javid, chief working officer for BitPath, who has been doing an in depth day by day evaluation of public sale outcomes.

Public sale 110 winners can pay much less per MHz pop as compared with what Public sale 107 (C-band) winners paid however greater than Public sale 105 CBRS band winners paid, in keeping with Javid. These different two auctions additionally included mid-band spectrum and the C-band public sale was report breaking.

Javid notes that the CBRS licenses had been topic to energy restraints, making them much less worthwhile. He didn’t provide an opinion on why Public sale 110 licenses had been more cost effective than Public sale 107 licenses (on a MHz-pop foundation), however maybe the disparity is expounded to license measurement.

Successful bidders might want to buy new radio tools from base station/equipment makers Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung (however not Huawei or ZTE that are banned within the U.S.) to place their spectrum licenses into 5 business service.

Not like previous spectrum auctions, cable corporations together with Comcast and Constitution didn’t take part within the public sale. Primarily based on Dish Community’s latest fundraising, the corporate seems poised to probably account for as a lot as a fourth of the public sale’s whole.

Broadly, the FCC’s 110 public sale of spectrum licenses between 3.45GHz and three.55GHz may be thought of a hit. The public sale began October 5, and bidding crossed the essential $14.8 billion reserve value October 20. That was a crucial milestone contemplating that reserve value is the associated fee to maneuver current, incumbent navy customers out of the band.

The public sale was value round $0.70 per MHz-POP. The per MHz-POP calculation is utilized to most spectrum transactions and displays the variety of folks coated in contrast with the quantity of spectrum accessible, although it may be affected by all kinds of things.

As compared, the latest CBRS public sale of mid-band spectrum drew successful bids of simply $0.215 per MHz-POP, whereas the huge C-band public sale generated successful bids of $0.945 per MHz-POP, a determine that doesn’t account for extra clearing prices.

This FCC public sale is the company’s third-biggest spectrum public sale ever. As famous by Subsequent TV, solely the $45 billion AWS-3 public sale in 2015 and the $81 billion C-band public sale earlier this 12 months generated extra in successful bids. The public sale earlier this month handed the FCC’s broadcast incentive public sale of 600MHz licenses, which ended with $19.8 billion in successful bids in 2017.

The worth of the spectrum licenses on this public sale may rise if interference with plane issues proceed to pull on the C-band.  Nevertheless, CTIA President and CEO, Meredith Attwell Baker in response to the bulletin maintained that 5G utilizing C-band gained’t trigger interference and that well timed deployments are key for 5G management. “5G networks utilizing C-band spectrum function safely and with out inflicting dangerous interference to aviation tools.


https://www.fcc.gov/public sale/110


https://www.fcc.gov/public sale/110/factsheet



FCC Pockets Near $22B in Public sale 110 of three.45 GHz Band Spectrum



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