Latest FCC auction shatters spectrum myths


Source: GigaOm
Author: Peter Rysavy
Coverage Type: op-ed
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Rysavy Research, Hood River, OR, 97031, United States

[Commentary] The Federal Communication Commission’s Advanced Wireless Services-3 (AWS-3) auction, which is in its final rounds, has harvested close to $45 billion for the US Treasury, more than twice the amount of any previous auction. It’s also shattered prevailing myths about the value of mid-band and high-band spectrum.

  • First, the record sums that are being paid for relatively high-band spectrum at 1.7 and 2.1 GHz obliterate the notion that low-band spectrum below 1 GHz is the holy grail.
  • Second, the mountain of dollars carriers are willing to spend to obtain more of the precious asset proves that more infrastructure or more efficient technology cannot be the sole solution for adding capacity to wireless networks.

[Peter Rysavy is the President of Rysavy Research]

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