Defiance Holdings LLC, parent company of MetaLINK Technologies, Inc. (“MetaLINK”), has announced MetaLINK’s successful bid for five 28 gigahertz spectrum licenses in the FCC Auction 101.
MetaLINK successfully bid on and secured A Blocks of the 28 gigahertz spectrum for deployment of middle and last mile 5G fixed wireless networks.
MetaLINK was successful in winning the bid in the following counties for the spectrum in Defiance and Paulding in Ohio, as well as DeKalb, Steuben, and LaGrange counties in Indiana.
“We are thankful that the FCC allowed locally based entities like ours to bid in auctions that allows us to deploy 5G technology in rural America,” said Phil Maag, president/chief executive officer. “We plan to use this spectrum to offer high-speed Internet bandwidth to neighborhoods deploying fixed 5G technology.
“We are seeing test results that rival Fiber-to- the-Home,” added Maag.
“Our first neighborhood is designed, and we are looking forward to test results before launching in each of the five counties for which we have spectrum,” said Fernando Torres, operations manager.
Auction 101 was the first of three auctions of millimeter Wave (“mmWave”) technology in 2019.
“While mmWave technology is great for providing denser areas of the population with 5G technology at short distances, there is still a need for more spectrum in order to serve the vast majority of rural America with Fixed 5G technology at greater distances, such spectrum is known as midband,” stated Todd Harpest, external affairs and regulatory director.
MetaLINK is hopeful that the FCC, in addition to the Citizen Broadband Radio Spectrum auction, will open additional mid-band spectrum geographically sized to locally based entities such as MetaLINK to participate in the auctions.