AT&T Announces More 5G Spectrum from Auction 103
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 | Comments

AT&T announced that it is the winning bidder for spectrum licenses covering more than 99% of the U.S. population following the close of FCC Auction 103. The company said its winning bids will allow continued improvements and advancements to its wireless network.

AT&T improved its 39 GHz spectrum position to 786 megahertz, an increase of 102%. Prior to Auction 103, AT&T acquired 379 megahertz of 39 GHz spectrum when it purchased FiberTower for $207 million in early 2018. All 39 GHz licenses held by AT&T prior to the auction were exchanged for vouchers. The company spent about $2.4 billion in the auction, or $1.2 billion net of its vouchers.

The value of the FCC issued vouchers was determined by the auction price for the partial economic areas (PEAs) in which the pre-auction licenses were held. The licenses it won cover 411 PEAs. When added to the mmWave spectrum AT&T already holds in the 24 GHz band, AT&T’s average spectrum depth in mmWave increased to more than 1,040 megahertz nationwide.

AT&T said it added more coverage last year than any other wireless provider and the newly acquired spectrum will help it continue that progress. 5G+ is available in parts of 35 cities for customers with compatible plans and devices. Once the network is built with the necessary density for mobile services, fixed services may follow.

“The large, contiguous block of spectrum we won in Auction 103 will be important to maintaining our 5G leadership across the industry,” said Scott Mair, president, AT&T technology and operations. “This win boosts our already strong spectrum position. We thank the FCC for their work and congratulate them on the conclusion of another successful auction.”

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