Fact Sheet

Date:

Auction 52 began on 7/14/2004 and closed on 7/14/2004.
Round 2 (See PN DA 04-2158)

Winning Bidders:
2 bidders won 3 licenses
Rounds:
2
Qualified Bidders:
2
Licenses Won:
3
Total Licenses:
3
Net Bids:
$12,200,000
Gross Bids:
$12,200,000
 
EventDate
Pre-Auction Seminar
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Window Opens
5/13/2004; 12:00 noon ET
Form 175 (Short Form) Application Filing Deadline
5/21/2004; 6:00 pm ET
Upfront Payments Deadline
6/18/2004; 6:00 pm ET
Mock Auction
7/9/2004
Auction Start
7/14/2004
Auction Closed
7/14/2004
Auction No. 52 offered a total of 3 licenses to use the Direct Broadcast Satellite ("DBS") service allocation in the 12.2-12.7 GHz band (service links) and 17.3-17.8 GHz band (feeder links). These licenses were for unassigned channels at orbit locations of 175° W.L. (32 channels), 166° W.L. (32 channels), and 157° W.L. (29 channels).

Bandwidth

For the DBS service, it is more precise to describe licenses by the number of channels available at a particular orbit location than by the corresponding bandwidth of the frequencies. As stated above, for this auction, the numbers of channels available at the 175° W.L., 166° W.L., and 157° W.L. orbit locations are 32, 32, and 29, respectively. The International Telecommunication Union ("ITU") Plan for the broadcasting-satellite service in the frequency band 12.2-12.7 GHz in ITU Region 2 ("the Plan"), first adopted at the 1983 Regional Administrative Radio Conference, divides the 12.2-12.7 GHz DBS service link (downlink) and corresponding 17.3-17.8 GHz feeder link (uplink) frequency bands into 32 equally-spaced overlapping channels, with 12 megahertz-wide guard bands at the lower and upper ends of the bands. Each channel is nominally 24 megahertz-wide, and adjacent channels are spaced 14.58 megahertz center-to-center. In the space-to-Earth (service link) direction, Channel 1 is centered at 12.224 GHz, and Channel 32 is centered at 12.67598 GHz. In the Earth-to-space (feeder link) direction Channel 1 is centered at 17.324 GHz, and Channel 32 is centered at 17.77598 GHz. Under the Plan, odd-numbered channels at the 175° W.L., 166° W.L., and 157° W.L. orbit locations are transmitted in both directions using right-hand circular polarization, and even-numbered channels are transmitted using left-hand circular polarization.
 
(These licenses can be identified using the FCC’s Universal Licensing System Advanced License Search feature to search for licenses in the Microwave Site-Based Service Group using frequencies in the range from 17700 MHz to 17800 MHz.).
 
Releases P
 
 
6/29/2004
ERRATUM (DA 04-1957)
 
6/28/2004
PUBLIC NOTICE (DA 04-1957)
This Public Notice identifies 2 applicants found to be qualified to bid in the upcoming Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) service auction number 52.
See Erratum
 
6/7/2004
PUBLIC NOTICE (DA 04-1638)
This Public Notice announces the status of three FCC Form 175 applications to participate in Auction No. 52 scheduled to begin July 14, 2004.
 
4/26/2004
PUBLIC NOTICE (DA 04-1085)
This Public Notice announces a free FCC Pre-Auction Seminar for DBS Auction that is scheduled for Thursday, May 13, 2004.
 
4/26/2004
PUBLIC NOTICE (DA 04-1084)
This Public Notice corrects and replaces the list of available licenses released as Attachment A in the Auction Number 52 Procedures Public Notice released February 6, 2004.
 
2/24/2004
PUBLIC NOTICE (DA 04-504)
This Public Notice provides due diligence information, as of February 24, 2004, in connection with the auction of three Direct Broadcast Satellite ("DBS") licenses scheduled to commence on July 14, 2004.
Releases L
 
5/3/2003
LETTER (DA 03-410)
This letter dismisses, without prejudice, an application for authority to construct an International Direct Broadcast Satellite System.

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