• Sat. Jul 31st, 2021

The FCC C-band auction has so far raised almost $81 billion


Jan 16, 2021

The C-band auction of 280 megahertz of C-band by the United States Federal¬†Communication Commission has earned almost $81 billion, and it’s not yet over. The assignment process, where firms issued spectrum blocks compete for frequency-definite¬†licenses, is, however, to come. Companies failed to place a starting price on the bandwidth period leading up to the sale.¬† For instance, ACA Connects, a set of cable and internet networks, proposed in 2019 that up to $60 billion might be worth 500 megahertz of coveted mid-band spectrum. Alternatively, the 280 megahertz auction created an $81 million windfall for the United States Treasury.

Armand Musey, founder and president of Summit Ridge Group, an organization that advises telecoms, media as well as satellite firms, stated, “The sum of cash shocked people.” Musey credits the high proposals to the instance of T Mobile set to reuse spectrum to gain high-speed access to the internet via a mechanism called huge multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO), “a trendy phrase for several users in the very same cell at the very same time to reuse the same radio resources as well as beamforming to concentrate a wireless connection in such a particular direction,” T Mobile stated in a 2020 press release. The identities of the successful telecommunications bidders have not been announced by the FCC yet.

Musey informed SpaceNews, “T Mobile has been really effective in getting huge performance out of 2.5 gigahertz bandwidth they obtained with Sprint.” “The remainder of the sector realized they also required a mid-band spectrum.” In addition to paying for C-band bandwidth, C-band auction champions are expected to spend around $13 billion on an aggressive timetable to reimburse satellite providers for clearing spectrum. In 2020, the battle to clear the C-band spectrum led Intelsat as well as SES telecom fleet operators to request a joint 13 satellites. Through changing power in their new fleets, Eutelsat and Telesat are clearing C-band space over the U.S.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an autonomous body of the United States government that oversees radio, cable, television, and satellite as well as cable communications in the United States. The FCC exercises authority in the fields of internet access, equal competition, use of radio frequencies, protection for the media, public security as well as the defense of the homeland. To relieve the radio control duties of the Federal Radio Commission, the FCC was created by the Communications Act of 1934. The FCC has taken over oversight of wire communication from the Interstate Commerce Commission.