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February 04, 2008

700 MHz auction: C block has maxed out?

First, let me give the latest on the FCC Auction 73:

Wireless Strategy has plotted the progress of the auction in their "Cost per MHz-pop by Block" graph.

The C block auction appears to have maxed out with Verizon the suspected winner.

"The B block is still climbing and has reached an average price of $2.59 per MHz-pop, with Chicago topping the $9.00 mark, Oklahoma City and Seattle topping $7.00 and nine more in excess of $5.00." With 734 B block licenses up for auction, there are many bidders involved. However, Wireless Strategy thinks that it's Verizon at work trying to block AT&T who demonstrated their interested in B licenses with their Aloha Partners purchase which "may alter the competitive landscape for both mobileTV and mobile broadband," according to Telecompetitor.

The A block auction is slowing. "Prices in the A block are much more palatable than in B, with only four licenses currently commanding a higher price than the average price in B (Tampa, Boston, Philly and LA)."

Looks like the D block has only one bidder and is destined to race reauction.

Bidding on the E block is still $122M short of the reserve price, with the suspicion that Qualcomm is keeping this auction "barely alive."


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