In 2022, 5G services will be launched in major cities like Gurugram, Delhi and Hyderabad: DoT

The government plans to auction spectrum for 5G in March-April 2022

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said in an official statement that in 2022, 5G services will be launched for the first time in Metro and major cities like Gurugram, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune.

The government plans to conduct a spectrum auction for 5G in March-April 2022. In September this year, DoT sought recommendations from TRAI, the regulator of the telecom sector, for auction of spectrum in terms of reserve price, band plan, block size, amount of spectrum. TRAI has initiated discussions with industry shareholders on its behalf.

“Regarding the rollout of 5G services, telecom service providers (TSPs) – Messrs. Bharti Airtel, Messrs. Reliance Jio and Messrs. Vodafone Idea – have decided to expand their services to Gurugram, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi The statement said. , Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Pune, Gandhi Nagar. These metros and big cities will launch the first 5G service in the country next year. “

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Experts point out the need for more clarity on the regulatory front regarding 5G rollouts.

Ericsson’s CTO Asia Pacific Magnus Iverbring told the Indian Express in a recent interview, “The most important thing right now is the regulatory aspect. It’s about providing spectrum and, in good terms, licensing it.”

He added, “It is up to each country to decide exactly what it is. Whether the price of spectrum is too expensive has been discussed and I think a lot has been done to ensure that.” It can be said that there is money to be made for coverage. For the Indian people. “

“If that happens, 5G will go away very quickly. Smartphones are ready, operators are ready. We need clarity about any frequency band and other terms,” ​​he said.

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