Green Bay, WI (June 19, 2019) – Cellcom invested nearly $1 million to pick up another key piece of the 5G puzzle in a recent auction hosted by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The regional wireless carrier secured winning bids for 24 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum in the FCC’s first-ever auction of millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum licenses. This type of spectrum will be key in the delivery of the fastest version of 5G networks.
Cellcom spent $928,550 for 28 GHz spectrum winning licenses in six Wisconsin counties: Buffalo, Calumet, Dunn, Pepin, Price and Sawyer County. In the second auction of millimeter wave spectrum earmarked for 5G, the company invested $51,000 and secured two 24 GHz licenses in the state, which covers Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Waupaca and Waushara counties.
“Successfully competing in 5G requires the right combination of coverage, network and devices. Securing additional millimeter-wave spectrum is preparing Cellcom for 5G coverage and meeting the future needs of our customers,” said Mark Naze, CEO of Cellcom.
High-band spectrum like mmWave offers higher speeds and more capacity because more spectrum at these frequencies can be used. In addition to the newly acquired 24 GHz and 28 GHz licenses, Nsight has significant spectrum holdings throughout much of northeast Wisconsin to be used in its 5G deployment.
“This purchase complements our existing spectrum properties and allows us to continue to strategically enhance our network with next generation of wireless technology,” said Naze.