The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just reached a multibillion-dollar deal with satellite companies to release spectrum that can be used for 5G services,media reported. On Thursday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai unveiled details of the plan, including requiring satellite companies to release valuable C-segment spectrum critical to 5G deployments. To do so, the agency will provide $3 billion to $5 billion in compensation to microenterprises to switch to other non-conflicting bands.
(From: FCC, via Cnet)
The FCC will also provide $9.7 billion in accelerated incentives to C-band operators for revenue from 5G spectrum auctions.
Satellite companies, including Intelsat and SES, that use the C-spectrum spectrum to service television broadcasting and cable network operators will benefit.
It follows months of consultations on the matter. At the same time, the wireless industry has been pushing for the redistribution of spectrum to build its own 5G commercial network.
Segment C spectrum is within 3.7 – 4.2 GHz, and many believe the mid-band is critical to 5G deployment steam because wireless carriers can plan high and low spectrum combinations for both connection rates and coverage as needed.
Verizon CEO Hans Verstberg said Ajit Pai’s C-segment 5G spectrum proposal is important.
In addition, according to a report released last month by the Global Mobile Providers Association, 23 markets have auctioned or allocated C-segment 5G mobile spectrum, including Australia, Italy, Germany, Finland, South Korea and the United Kingdom (France is also on the verge of catching up), and the United States clearly does not want to fall behind.