The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has revealed that it is expecting to raise up to USD10 billion from the forthcoming auction of AWS-3 spectrum which is scheduled to start on 13 November. The sale of 1,614 licences will offer 65MHz of frequencies in the 1695MHz-1710MHz, 1755MHz-1780MHz, and 2155MHz-2180MHz bands. 880 licences will be for the larger ‘Economic Area’ franchises, while the remaining 734 will be for the smaller ‘Cellular Market Area’ franchises. Bidders are likely to include major carriers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T, which will be looking to utilise the additional spectrum to bolster the capacity of their existing 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.
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