“The government is considering sending a reference to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), seeking its recommendations on issues involved in auction of spectrum available for International
(read: 5G) services,” minister of state for communications Devusinh Chauhan instructed Rajya Sabha Thursday.
He, although, didn’t reveal any particular 5G auction timeline.
India’s prime telcos have repeatedly urged DoT to lower 5G spectrum base costs rapidly, failing which they’ve warned that the nation may very well be gazing a 3rd failed auction within the close to future. In reality, they’ve known as on the federal government to push Trai to reset the reserve worth of the coveted 700 Mhz band, by bringing it on par with these of different sub-Ghz bands similar to 800 Mhz and 900 Mhz within the upcoming 5G spectrum sale.
In the current March spectrum auctions, the telcos for the second successive sale gave the 700 MHz band a miss, due to what they mentioned was its excessive base worth.
The DoT, on its half, has indicated beforehand that unsold 700 Mhz spectrum could also be supplied within the 5G auction together with these within the 3.3-3.6 Ghz bands, at present earmarked for 5G companies.
The DoT has already allotted 5G trial spectrum within the 700 Mhz, 3.5 Ghz and 26 Ghz bands to the telcos paving the way in which for Reliance Jio,
and to accomplice with community distributors and develop India-relevant use instances on the next-gen quick wi-fi broadband expertise.