DoT expects to complete due process for 5G spectrum auction by Aug 2019

DoT expects to complete due process for 5G spectrum auction by Aug 2019
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New Delhi, Dec 17: The government expects to complete processes for 5G spectrum auction by August and the services will be rolled out by 2020, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said on December 17.
“Trai has given a preliminary set of recommendations, which the working committee at the Department of Telecommunications is looking at. Task force has also given broader set of (spectrum) bands on which we have to work. Everybody has said that since ecosystem is not ready, 5G will be ready after july-August next year,” Sundararajan told reporters on the sidelines of a workshop with states and Union territories.
Amid a raging financial crisis in the industry, India’s largest telecom operator Vodafone Idea has urged the telecom department not to hold spectrum auction till 2020 on the grounds that fresh need for quality radio waves will arise only once the 5G ecosystem is ready.
“We expect to complete due procedure by then (July-August 2019). I cannot say whether it (spectrum auction) will happen by then, but we will be ready post-second half of 2020. When we say 2020, it doesn’t mean the whole country will have 5G but it will start. Field trials are going on,” Sundararajan said.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on December 16 recommended auction of about 8,644 MHz of telecom frequencies at an estimated total base price of Rs 4.9 lakh crore, which includes radio waves for 5G services.
The 5G committee of the telecom ministry has said about 6,000 Mhz of spectrum can be made available without delay for the next generation mobile service.