AWS-3 Transition

Advanced Wireless Services in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands

In March 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules governing use of spectrum in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands for Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-3). While the 2155-2180 MHz band was already allocated for non-federal use, the FCC, in collaboration with NTIA and the federal agencies, reallocated from federal use to non-federal use the 1695-1710 MHz and 1755-1780 MHz bands. The FCC will assign new licenses for the AWS-3 spectrum by competitive bidding. Most of the incumbent federal systems currently using the 1755-1780 MHz band will relocate out of the band, but the FCC’s rules also provide for indefinite sharing with a limited number of federal systems. The 1755-1780 MHz uplink/mobile band is paired with the 2155-2180 MHz downlink/base station band. The 1695-1710 MHz band will be available for commercial uplink/mobile operations on an unpaired, shared basis with incumbent federal meteorological-satellite data users.

The Commercial Spectrum Enhancement Act (CSEA), as amended, governs the transition planning process through which eligible federal agencies will recover their relocation or sharing costs from a portion of the proceeds from the AWS-3 auction that will be transferred to the Spectrum Relocation Fund. On May 13, 2014, as required by the CSEA, NTIA notified the FCC of the initial estimated relocation and sharing costs and the estimated timelines for the 1695-1710 MHz and the 1755-1780 MHz spectrum bands. These estimates are based on the transition plans submitted by the eligible federal entities and approved by a Technical Panel made up of representatives of NTIA, the FCC, and the Office of Management and Budget. On May 19, 2014, the FCC announced that the AWS-3 auction will commence on November 13, 2014.


July 2014
Other Publication
07/21/2014
Other Publication
07/16/2014
Other Publication
07/16/2014
Press Release
07/16/2014

June 2014
Other Publication
06/06/2014

May 2014
FCC Filing
05/19/2014

November 2013
FCC Filing
11/25/2013
GN Docket No. 13-185

September 2013
Federal Register Notice
09/19/2013
130809701-3701-01

August 2013
Press Release
08/28/2013
Federal Register Notice
08/16/2013
130809701-3701-01