Loads of the same old suspects are among the many candidates for the FCC’s C-band public sale, set to begin on December 8.

The FCC on Monday released the record of 74 short-form candidates signing as much as take part within the public sale. Verizon, AT&T and T-Cell are amongst these registering, in addition to U.S. Mobile, C Spire and Dish Community.

Dubbed Public sale 107, the C-band public sale will supply 5,684 licenses throughout a complete of 280 megahertz within the 3.7-3.98 GHz C-band. 

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Comcast and Constitution Communications are registered as joint bidders, underneath the title “C&C Wi-fi Holding Firm.” The cable corporations’ curiosity within the C-band public sale isn’t shocking; each have been engaged in FCC processes for no less than the previous two years main as much as the public sale.

Nevertheless, funding analysts at New Avenue Analysis stated they’ve been requested why Comcast and Constitution are bidding collectively slightly than individually. The 2 bid individually within the 3.5 GHz Residents Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) public sale.

The analysts stated the almost definitely reply is the license sizes for C-band are a lot bigger than they had been for the CBRS band; they don’t overlap completely with cable franchises. 

“By bidding collectively, the businesses can keep away from bidding in opposition to one another for licenses that contact each of their footprints,” wrote New Avenue’s Jonathan Chaplin. “It additionally isn’t shocking provided that they’ve a JV to develop wi-fi collectively.”

Altice and Cox Communications are also registered, he famous.

Final month, analysts at Morgan Stanley Analysis raised their C-band mid-point public sale forecasts from $23.5 billion in proceeds to about $26 billion, with their high-end estimates at $35.2 billion.

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The New Avenue analysts count on the C-band public sale might fetch $51 billion. Analysts at Raymond James are projecting gross bids of over $30 billion.

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Public sale 107 additionally presents 280 megahertz of spectrum in contrast with 70 megahertz within the CBRS public sale.

“The C-band ought to be extra useful to carriers than the CBRS band that had energy limits, tiered entry and essential incumbent customers (most notably the U.S. Navy in coastal areas),” wrote Raymond James analyst Ric Prentiss. “And contemplating the engaging capability/protection traits of mid-band spectrum for 5G, we predict the C-band will likely be extremely wanted to conduct 5G buildouts, particularly by these missing important low- and mid-band holdings.”

The FCC recognized 38 of the short-form purposes as full and 36 weren’t; those that submitted incomplete purposes have till November 2 to resubmit and qualify for the public sale. The quiet interval for the public sale started on September 22.

Incumbent satellite tv for pc corporations which are presently utilizing your entire 500 megahertz within the band are shifting to the higher 200 megahertz, or 4.0-4.2 GHz, of the band.

The A Block licenses in 46 of the highest 50 Partial Financial Areas (PEAs) are anticipated to be cleared by December 5, 2021, with all remaining licenses anticipated to be cleared by December 5, 2023, Prentiss famous.

“Whereas 74 purposes is nothing to scoff at, we observe the numerous lower from 271 bidders (vs. complete purposes) within the latest Public sale 105 for CBRS spectrum,” he stated. “We look ahead to seeing the ultimate record of certified bidders, as we imagine Public sale 107 will garner dramatically increased bids (>$30B in gross bids) and costs (>$0.35/MHz Pop) than Public sale 105 ($4.6B gross bids, $0.217/MHz Pop).”