The Federal Communications Commission, Anatel of the United States, informed this Wednesday, 25/3, that it decided to postpone the auction of the 3.5 GHz band, the band from 6/25 to 7/23, by approximately one month. average considered most important for 5G applications.
The reason is the coronavirus epidemic. “After consulting the agency’s technical area with the relevant authorities, we determined that it is in everyone’s best interest to make these changes. But we remain committed to conducting the 3.5 GHz auction this summer [in the US] and we hope to start this important bidding for the middle band in July, ”said FCC President Ajit Pai.
Quite different from the plans for the 3.5 GHz band in Brazil, in the USA this band is used intensively for military use, especially in the Navy. Therefore, the offer is restricted to 100 MHz, between 3.55 GHz and 3.65 GHz, and only seven 10 MHz blocks can be purchased by operators in each municipality (or counties, as is the political division in the USA) . In Brazil, the bid notice foresees bidding for 400 MHz. Another auction is expected, in the 3.7 GHz band, in December.
In addition to this postponement in the 5G auction – millimeter bands between 24 and 47 GHz were auctioned at the end of last year and the beginning of this 2020 – the FCC warned that it has indefinitely suspended the offer of 130 new FM licenses in the country.
Source: [Convergência Digital]