The post-auction quiet period has ended and plans are being divulge on how spectrum will be used by winners in last month’s Citizen Broadband Radio Service Priority Access Licenses (PAL) auction. This week, Cincinnati Bell that the 56 wireless spectrum licenses it won in 17 Greater Cincinnati, Dayton, and Hawaiian counties that will allow be used to further expand broadband coverage across its operating footprint.
The PALs will be used to deliver fixed wireless high-speed Internet and voice access to residents and business customers that are located outside the company’s fiber network, which spans more than 17,000 route miles in Greater Cincinnati and Hawaii.
Cincinnati Bell also provides small-cell backhaul services to a wireless operator Through the end of 2019, Cincinnati Bell provided cell site back-haul services to approximately 90 percent of the 1,000 cell sites in the Greater Cincinnati market, and 80 percent of the 1,100 cell sites in Hawaii.
Cincinnati Bell successfully bid on wireless spectrum licenses in the following counties:
Cincinnati: Butler, Clermont, Warren
Kentucky: Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Pendleton
Dayton: Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery
Hawaii: Hawaii, Kalawao, Kauai, Maui
NextLink Internet to beef up rural wireless internet
AMG Technology Investment Group, which does business as Nextlink Internet, invested $28.4 million to win a total of 1,072 PALs, covering 491 counties in 11 states. AMG was ranked third in the number of licenses won; third in the number of markets covered; and ninth in invested capital, according to the company.
Nextlink’s plan is to be an internet service provider in small towns and rural markets in under-served areas across the central part of the nation.
Nextlink is already working with major players in the tech and telecom industry to expand and upgrade its networks using the CBRS airwaves. Google is providing both its Spectrum Access System to deliver maximum spectrum availability, and its browser-based network planner, to increase the efficiency of network operations; and Nokia is providing advanced LTE hardware solutions.