Copenhagen Economics

Switching it up: a closer look at bidding patterns in the US 3.45 GHz auction

The recent US 3.45 GHz auction shows interesting bidding patterns that can have implications for auction design. The auction sold 100MHz as 4060 unique licenses across partial economic areas. The clock phase of the auction concluded on 16th November after, 151 rounds of bidding.

We have identified an interesting bidding pattern in round 37 – a sudden substantial shift of demand into smaller markets. We present three possible explanations for what happened:

Learn more about each of the explanations and their implications for auction design below or click on the following link to access a downloadable copy.

Please reach out to Neil Gallagher or Martha Lahann if you have anything you would like to discuss related to this topic.