More about "United States"
When it comes to spectrum, the business of America really is business
Jun 02, 2022
by Toby Youell

US President Calvin Coolidge famously said that "the business of America is business". This is certainly the case for spectrum trading. The United States possesses the only significant spectrum market with any real liquidity. The reasons for this pro-trade culture is subject to debate. Several companies have procured spectrum from… Read more...

Five countries from four continents complete auctions in Q1 2022
Apr 14, 2022
by Toby Youell

New iteration of PolicyTracker Spectrum Database sees spectrum auction slow down  Five countries from four continents auctioned a total of 726 MHz of nationwide spectrum during Q1 2022. This includes South Africa, which sold almost all of the available spectrum in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.6 GHz,… Read more...

Will private 5G generate demand for mmWave spectrum?
Sep 30, 2021
by Toby Youell

Despite all of the controversy surrounding identifying spectrum for mobile broadband above 24 GHz, most of the recent 5G deployments have been in the mid-band frequencies, specially around 3.5 GHz. Earlier this year, acting FCC Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel, praised the FCC's pivot from high-bands to mid-bands. But as we document… Read more...

New USA profile: country waits for a new spectrum boss
Aug 11, 2021
by Toby Youell

Unlike many countries, the head of the US regulator for commercial spectrum, the FCC, is directly appointed by the President. This means that each change of Administration results in a new Chair. The last Chair, Ajit Pai, took an energetic approach to spectrum management. He quickly implemented the 600 MHz… Read more...

Four countries reveal five ways to sell the C-Band
Aug 04, 2021
by Toby Youell

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… Read more...

Untangling the 6 GHz band
Jul 07, 2021
by Toby Youell

One of the clearest spectrum management trends in the last few years is the allocation of the 6 GHz band for licence-exempt/unlicensed services. With some notable exceptions (such as China), the vast majority of the G20 group, which represents around 90% of global economic activity, have made significant moves to… Read more...

First quarter of 2021 sees most expensive spectrum auction ever
Apr 15, 2021
by Toby Youell

The latest PolicyTracker Spectrum Database quarterly update includes a spectrum auction that raised more money than any other. The wave of expensive 3G auctions in Europe at the height of the dotcom boom has become the stuff of legend in spectrum policy circles. Germany’s 2000 auction of the 2.1 GHz… Read more...

The shape of discussions on a possible future mid-band: 7/8 GHz
Jan 06, 2021
by Toby Youell

The FCC's ongoing auction of the 3.7 - 3.98 GHz band, which has raised $78.5 billion and counting, appears to confirm mid-bands' value for the mobile industry. So what next for the mid-bands? Another high-profile band, 6 GHz, is the subject of a worldwide fight between advocates of mobile broadband… Read more...