5G Launch 2022: The first 5G calls in the country are expected in the months of August-September this year. According to government sources, after its launch, India will not only make a big leap in 5G telecom technology but will also strengthen its position as a trusted player globally.
Sources also say that indigenous 5G will be attractive and economically viable for private companies. On the question regarding the timing of the first 5G call in the country, it has been said that it will be possible in August-September. For this, the spectrum auction process is on the right track to be held between June and July. However, there is no clarity on whether the spectrum allocation in the auction will be for 20 or 30 years.
Telecom regulator TRAI has drawn up a plan for an auction of over Rs 7.5 lakh crore at base price across multiple bands for allocated radio waves over 30 years. According to the Telecom Minister, this auction will happen on time.
If the government allocates spectrum for a period of 30 years, then for this TRAI has recommended for auction of one lakh MHz spectrum. If the allocation is done for 20 years, then its total value on the basis of reserve price will be close to Rs 5.07 lakh crore. Even though TRAI has recommended a 39 per cent cut in spectrum prices for 5G, telcos still believe that 5G spectrum prices in India are still higher than in the world.
What will be the price of spectrum
However, the government argues that as far as TRAI’s recommendations related to spectrum prices are concerned, a good solution will be found soon. This is indicating that there may be some more changes in the prices in the coming days. Industry concerns regarding prices will also be addressed.
According to the Ministry of Telecom, how much will the companies pay for 5G spectrum. There is currently no consensus between TRAI and telecom companies on this. To make the auction process competitive, TRAI has recommended a 40 per cent reduction in the prices of 700 MHz.
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