The US to buy back satellite frequency bands for 5G network construction


The US government is seeking to add more network frequencies for 5G construction. Although this is not a very popular decision to FCC, it got enough votes to buy back frequency bands from satellite companies. Recently, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed a vote which allows the US government to buy back the frequency bands from satellite companies. After the purchase, the FCC will re-auction these frequency bands to telecommunications companies for 5G network construction. The re-purchase will cost the US government $ 9.7 billion.

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According to the voting results, three of the five members of the Commission supported the plan while two were against it. The Commission will auction the 280 MHz C-band spectrum for the 5G network. It believes that this “mid-band spectrum” will be a key step for the market.

In the shift of frequency bands, some satellite communication companies may have to launch new satellites to free up frequencies. This will not be much of a problem because the government will technically pay for it.  Most of the satellite companies use C-band for television and radio services.

In a couple of months, satellite companies will vacate specific frequencies. The Federal Communications Commission will probably commence auction to operators towards the end of the year. 

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