The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) acquired a total of 15 licences in Auction 108 – the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) sale of unused spectrum in the 2496MHz-2690MHz (2.5GHz band). The telco paid USD970,750 for the concessions, which span five counties. As per FCC paperwork, ASTCA’s chief rival American Samoa Telecom (BlueSky) was also a qualified bidder for Auction 108, but came away empty-handed.

Elsewhere in the US overseas territories, PTI Pacifica (trading as IT&E), which operates in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, paid a total of USD17.690 million for nine licences, while Guam-based TeleGuam Holdings (trading as GTA) paid USD16.565 million for three licences. Finally, DOCOMO Pacific, which operates in both Guam and the NMI, bid USD1.260 million for three licences.

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