FCC 126MHz 5G auction

The FCC says that it will be able to offer 126MHz of spectrum space to US cell networks in its upcoming auction.

The American comms regulator set the target with a planned May 31 start date for the auction, in which wireless carriers will bid on spectrum space previously used by TV stations for over-the-air broadcasts.

The auction is expected to fetch billions of dollars for both the FCC and the TV networks that will be selling off their spectrum holdings. The cell networks are expected to use their new radio frequencies to carry 5G high-speed mobile broadband across the country. ®

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