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AT&T, US Cellular talk spectrum strategy post millimeter wave auctions

June 19, 2019

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has been bullish on millimeter wave spectrum for 5G, recently wrapping up auctions for 24 GHz and 28 GHz airwaves with plans to auction licenses for parts of the 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz bands beginning in December. The regulator is also working to open up mid-band frequencies, all in keeping with the vision of 5G as including low-, mid- and high-band frequencies.

Following the most recent rounds of auctions, which raised a total of $2.7 billion, AT&T and US Cellular both provided some insight into how they’ll put new millimeter wave frequencies to work.

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