More US wireless spectrum to be auctioned

Dec 30 2005 - 03:59 PM ET | 3G, Backpage

The US government will host another wireless spectrum auction. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced it will be cheaper than first thought to move the government out of 1710-1755 MHz. The total cost is expected to come in under a billion dollars, which will be funded by proceeds from the auction.

The new spectrum is expected to help bolster 3G offerings for US carriers. T-Mobile USA may be especially aggressive in the auction as it has waited longer than its competitors to launch 3G thanks entirely to not having the spectrum licenses.