|Bands||3.3 - 3.8 GHz, 3.7 - 4.2 GHz|
|Location||Brazil, Canada, France, US|
|Tags||3.3 - 3.8 GHz, 3.7 - 4.2 GHz, 5G, Brazil, C-band, Canada, France, United States|
The C-Band, comprising frequencies around 3.5 GHz, are widely considered crucial for 5G networks. Canada’s nationwide operators, only able to bid on a limited portion of the 3450 – 3650 MHz, competed aggressively this Summer and ended up paying an average of $2.61/MHz/POP, a new record for the band.
The regulator, ISED, has long pinned its hopes on the country’s regional operators to drive competition in the market. ISED established set-asides which allowed the operators to buy licences for only $0.75/MHz/POP.
- Canada 3450 – 3650 MHz: An auction with regional incumbents and significant set-asides.
- USA 3550 – 3700 MHz: Low-power shared access coordinated through Spectrum Access Systems. Priority Access Licenses for the band sold for $0.22/MHz/POP in August 2020.
- USA 3700 – 3980 MHz: An auction with generous payments to encourage incumbents to vacate the band quickly. Mobile licences sold for $0.94/MHz/POP in January 2021. In absolute terms, this was the most expensive auction ever, raising $81 billion for the US Treasury.
- France 3400 – 3800 MHz: A hybrid approach where each operator is assigned 50 MHz in exchange for coverage commitments, and then competed over the remaining spectrum. The auction raised $0.15/MHz/POP in October 2020.
- Brazil 3300 – 3700 MHz: Operators principally compete on how much they will spend on their mobile networks. This auction is expected to take place in the next few months.
These profiles are available as part of PolicyTracker‘s Spectrum Research Service.