5G Spectrum Auction To Be Held On Track: Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

The spectrum auctions are scheduled for 2022 and the rollout of the 5G mobile services in 2022-23. A senior TRAI official had told PTI last week that recommendations on spectrum pricing and other modalities will be released within the next 7-10 days.

5G Spectrum Auction

TRAI had released a detailed consultation paper last November to discuss recommendations for multi-band spectrum auctioning. This document contained 74 questions for industry-wide discussion and covered critical aspects such as 5G spectrum valuation and reserve price, block size, spectrum quantity, eligibility requirements, spectrum cap, deployment obligations and spectrum surrender. .

A standard is being developed for new frequencies such as 526-698MHz and millimeter band of 24.25 – 28.5GHz, in addition to 00MHz, and 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2300MHz, 2500MHz and 3300-3670MHz bands.

According to the Department of Telecom, only 13 cities will be able to experience 5G services for the first time this year. These include Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Gurugram, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, Jamnagar, Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow and Gandhinagar. The 5G network is expected to provide users with 10 times faster download speeds than 4G services.


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