FCC is planning millimeter wave spectrum auctions in 2018 and 2019

Originally posted on RCRWireless.com on July 12, 2018

Licenses for millimeter wave frequencies in 24, 28, 37, 39 and 47 GHz bands focus of proposed auctions

The multi-gigabit speeds 5G is designed to support will require large swatches of high-capacity, millimeter wave spectrum. High-band frequencies, combined with mid- and low-band spectrum will collectively afford end users, whether people or objects, the right mix of coverage and capacity needed to support 5G use cases.

Right now in the U.S., AT&T and Verizon are both tapping millimeter wave frequencies to roll-out commercial 5G services later this year. AT&T is promising a standards-based mobile service in 12 markets by year-end, while Verizon is planning to deploy fixed wireless access to provide residential broadband services in three to five markets by the end of 2018.

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