Minister of State for Communications Devusinh Chauhan in a statement to Lok Sabha on Wednesday said telecom companies have asked the government to ease payment terms for 5G spectrum in the upcoming spectrum auction. In response to a question in parliament, the minister said some of the TSPs have asked for easier payment terms for 5G spectrum. Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal as well as Vodafone Idea Managing Director Ravinder Takkar recently spoke about the need for reasonable 5G spectrum pricing.
The current scenario
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India is ready to submit its long-awaited recommendations regarding the operation of the 5G spectrum auction and its pricing in about 10 days, as informed by a prominent TRAI official. The government has asked the telecommunications regulator to submit the recommendations by March 31 so that the auction process can be launched in May or June 2022. This would allow the government to roll out the initial services based on next-generation technology. by August 15, which is India’s Independence Day.
The Minister further informed that the deployment of 5G mobile services by telecom operators is likely in FY23, although it also depends on their technical-commercial considerations given the scale of investment in this technology. new generation. The government has reserved a mix of mid-band radio waves in the 3.3-3.67 GHz range, millimeter waves (26/28 GHz) and key sub-GHz bands such as 600 MHz and 700 MHz for 5G services.
Recently, Bharti Airtel Chief Technology Officer Randeep Sekhon had appealed to India’s telecom regulator for affordable pricing of 5G airwaves. Sekhon talked about the important role of 5G radio wave pricing. He advised that expensive spectrum will result in limited cash flow with telecom operators after payment. However, he added that with reasonable prices, the operator will bring in the same money by increasing the footprint faster. 5G will not only promote immersive entertainment, industrial use cases, open up new avenues in education and other fields, but also provide high-speed mobile connectivity.