The time has finally come for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make the dreams of the industry and 5G enthusiasts in the USA come true. The starting signal for the auction, which will take place over the next 15 months, was given on Wednesday, 14 November. America has now made it onto the list alongside South Korea, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Ireland, and Australia.
Why Frequencies matters
The FCC will first make 1.55 gigahertz of the spectrum available through two auctions and later in the following year three more millimeter-wave spectrum bands.
“Today’s spectrum auction shows that America is continuing to lead the world in 5G, the next generation of wireless connectivity. These airwaves will be critical in deploying 5G services and applications. And we’re not stopping there. Between the auctions this year and next, the FCC will push almost 5 gigahertz of spectrum into the commercial marketplace over the course of the next 15 months. To put that in perspective, that is more spectrum than is currently used for terrestrial mobile broadband by all wireless service providers combined“, said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
Of course, the bidders who are also carrying out tests with the 5G network themselves are included in the bidding. These include AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Sprint Corp and T-Mobile US Inc.
The auction is just in time. The first 5G compatible mobile phones made by Oneplus, Huawei and co. have already been announced for the beginning of next year. A suitable infrastructure is obviously not bad. Who knows – possibly the network will have been expanded at the right time to pave the way for foldable mobile phones and holographic phone calls.