U.S. Mobile is asking for the FCC’s permission to conduct checks within the C-band frequency vary of three.7 – 3.8 GHz utilizing gear from Ericsson and Nokia.

The operator’s application lists an meant begin date of October 16 and finish date of April 14, 2021.

U.S. Mobile needs to guage operation, protection, capability and propagation traits of mobile radios within the C-band frequency vary, which it says will assist it assess C-band merchandise for wi-fi 5G deployment.

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Plans name for utilizing two commercially deployed U.S. Mobile towers with cell operations restricted to the check areas in Delavan, Wisconsin, and Belvidere, Illinois. Delavan is about 45 miles southeast of Milwaukee, and Belvidere is a part of the Rockford, Illinois, metro space, northwest of Chicago.

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U.S. Mobile, which bid over $13 million within the Residents Broadband Radio Providers (CBRS) public sale that ended final month, is amongst these anticipated to indicate up for the C-band public sale. Final yr, U.S. Mobile’s CEO on the time, Ken Meyers, referred to as for the U.S. to make more mid-band spectrum available for 5G.

Meyers, who has since retired, was serving as chairman of the CTIA board on the time. Since then, the FCC has set a public public sale date of December 8, 2020, and teed up procedures for public sale members. The quiet interval earlier than the public sale kicked in final week.

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Different wi-fi carriers are additionally pursuing C-band checks forward of the public sale. Verizon, which is anticipated to bid aggressively within the C-band public sale, was granted permission earlier this year to conduct C-band checks in markets throughout the nation; that authorization expires June 1, 2021.

Though T-Cell acquired a boatload of mid-band 2.5 GHz spectrum within the Dash merger, it’s been closely concerned in FCC proceedings coping with the C-band effectively earlier than an public sale date was set. It’s additionally conducting checks. In August, T-Cell was granted FCC permission to conduct C-band checks in Houston, Phoenix, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Las Vegas and Belleview, Washington.