The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the allocation of additional wireless broadband spectrum above 24GHz. A new 1.7GHz portion of millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum for ‘terrestrial 5G wireless use’ has been allocated to support ‘new uses enabled by fibre-fast wireless speeds and extremely low latency’. The FCC also declared that it will not cap the amount of spectrum in the 24GHz and 47GHz bands that a bidder can acquire in an auction, whilst the regulator is incorporating these two bands into the previously-adopted mmWave spectrum threshold for secondary market licence transactions. Furthermore, the FCC is seeking comments on alternative options for terrestrial mmWave licensees to meet performance obligations, which could accommodate Internet of Things (IoT) deployments ‘and other innovative services’. The regulator has also proposed to eliminate spectrum bidding caps in the 28GHz, 37GHz, and 39GHz bands.
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