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The USA’s much-vaunted mmWave auction is attracting lukewarm interest

The quantity of spectrum available in the millimeter wave (mmWave) bands will, of course, mean these never generate the same bidding wars, and resulting high prices, that are sometimes seen in lower bands. However, after the FCC placed 28 GHz at the heart of its Spectrum Frontiers initiative – anointing itself as the world leader in opening new bands for 5G – the results of the still-ongoing (and aptly named) Auction 101 are a damp squib. The FCC is offering two licences, L1 and L2, each for 425 MHz, in each county-sized licence location. The same operator is allowed to buy both, which would give a total of 850 MHz per market – sufficient to support some interesting 5G applications.…

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