Fact Sheet


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
Qualified Bidders
Licenses Won:
Total Licenses:
Net Bids
Gross Bids:

Event Date
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
Auction Start
Auction Closed
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).


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. )