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AT&T, Dish, and T-Mobile spend billions on more 5G spectrum

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AT&T, Dish, and T-Cell dropped billions of {dollars} in a Federal Communications Fee (FCC) public sale to accumulate extra 5G spectrum licenses within the midrange 3.45GHz to three.55GHz band, in keeping with a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

Whereas AT&T was the most important spender at $9 billion, Dish spent $7.3 billion, and T-Cell adopted behind at $2.9 billion. Verizon was notably absent from the public sale. Various smaller gamers additionally made the listing, like Three Forty-5 Spectrum, which you’ll view on Light Reading’s site.

The public sale formally resulted in November, however the FCC hasn’t publicly disclosed the successful bidders till now (PDF). Whole bids reached about $22.5 billion, making it the third-largest FCC spectrum public sale but. Solely last year’s $80 billion C-band auction (over half of which was contributed by Verizon), and 2015’s $44.9 billion AWS-3 auction high this quantity of spending, as identified by Next TV (through Gentle Studying).

In the case of utilizing the three.45GHz band, nonetheless, Gentle Studying says that firms should deploy new radios on cell towers which have the flexibility to broadcast indicators throughout it. Smartphones that assist C-band could already be able to utilizing the band, Gentle Studying additionally notes, as they each fall beneath the third Era Partnership Undertaking’s (3GPP) n77 technical requirements that cowl 3.3GHz to 4.2GHz, which present 5G smartphones already use.

Though the three.45GHz band operates intently to C-band, the WSJ notes that it’s not as prone to intrude with plane gear. Verizon and AT&T are set to deploy their expanded 5G C-band services on January 19th after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) delayed the rollout twice attributable to plane security issues.

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