5g Spectrum Auction: India launches preparatory work and service rollout between 2022-23

During her budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that 5G mobile services will be available between 2022-23, indicating that India is keen to implement the technology.

“All major telecom companies, including Airtel, Reliance Jio and V, are testing their 5G networks. The government is in talks with telecom operators and other stakeholders that 5G spectrum auctions will be held this year, ”he said.

After a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 5G Tokyo, NEC Corporation Chairman Nobuhiro Endo said on Monday that Japan would contribute, after NEC Corporation Chairman Nobuhiro Endo said he hoped to open up opportunities for cooperation with like-minded partners such as Australia and Japan. Smart City and 5G projects in India.

By 2025, India will need 22 million skilled professionals in 5G-centric technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and cloud computing. With a steadily growing customer base, the industry has seen huge investments and developments. According to data provided by the Department for the Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), FDI inflows into the telecommunications sector from April 2000 to March 2021 amounted to $ 37.97 billion.

Given that telecom providers have previously said that it will take them six months to develop their 5G services after the 5G spectrum auction, Union Minister Vaishnav believes that the 5G service rollout will be around August or September.

That being said, telecom companies have been given an extended deadline of May 2022 to test their 5G networks, giving them the opportunity to expedite the commercial deployment of 5G. Or, as Jio has done in the past through beta testing of its 4G-only network, telcos may roll out 5G services in a limited way before a broad commercial rollout.

Gujarat Minister of State for Communications Debusingh Chauhan told the Rajya Sabha that 5G spectrum would be auctioned soon and the next generation of 5G services was expected to start before the end of the year.

In response to another question during the question, Chauhan further said that four companies have been allotted spectrum to conduct the trials and added that the trials should be completed soon.

In a recent communication, the telecommunications industry watchdog TRAI detailed its auction plans. 37.5 lakh crore airwaves in multiple bands.

TRAI, in this mega 5G spectrum auction, plans to auction a strip of spectrum. All spectra available in existing bands, e.g. 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz and new spectrum bands. 600 MHz, 3300-3670 MHz and 24.25-28.5 GHz will be auctioned, the Saudi Gazette reported.

As part of the rollout, India aims to increase its fiber backbone by 2.5 million kilometers (1.6 million miles) by 2022 from the current 1.5 million kilometers.

In 2021, the global services market for 5G technology was estimated at $ 83.24 billion. It is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23% to $ 188 billion by 2025.

To provide flexibility to telecommunication service providers (TSPs), block sizes of 10 MHz for the 3300-3670 MHz band and 50 MHz for the 24.25-28.5 GHz band are recommended. Spectrum should be allocated contiguously, Watchdog said.

He said the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) should practice harmonization in the 800 MHz, 900 MH and 1800 MHz bands as soon as the 5G spectrum auction is over so that the frequencies assigned to the TSP are consistent.

The reserve value of spectrum allocation in case of 30 years should be equal to 1.5 times the reserve value of spectrum allocation for 20 years for the respective band.

According to the India Brand Equity Foundation, India’s 5G subscriptions will reach 350 million by 2026, representing 27% of all mobile subscriptions.

“For the long-term growth and sustainability of the telecommunications sector, by injecting liquidity and encouraging investment, telecommunications service providers should benefit from simple payment options, including partial payments with flexibility of suspension,” TRAI announced.

In contrast to existing coverage-based installation obligations, considering 5G network deployments in the 3300-3670 MHz and 24.25-28.5 GHz bands, simple installation conditions are recommended for these tapes based on network deployment, the Saudi Gazette reported.

According to the India Brand Equity Foundation, over the next five years, increasing mobile phone penetration and reducing data costs will add 500 million new Internet users in India, creating new business opportunities.

For domestic use and export, Ericsson will start manufacturing 5G radio products in India. By 2025, India will need 22 million skilled workers in 5G-centric technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and cloud computing.

(With ANI input)

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