India Might Miss 5G Bus Because of Insufficient Spectrum

Government is planning to hold auctions for nearly seven bans which are approximately valued at Rs 3 lakh crore

By May 23rd, 2020 AT 5:06 PM

India has been preparing for a long time to deploy the 5G wave in India. The BJP led government in the past stated that it wouldn’t miss out on the 5G bus like in case of 2G, 3G and 4G technologies which were deployed later in India. However, as reported by ET Telecom, India is set to miss the 5G bus. The primary reason behind this is the lack of preparedness, unavailability of sufficient spectrum and uncertainty around radio waves sale for the next generation of telecom services. As per an industry executive, DoT has to form a relevant study group and revise the NFAP 2018 to include more spectrum bands as a part of the 5G road map.

Quantum of Spectrum Availability is Uncertain

Government has already stated that the quantum of spectrum availability is uncertain. Earlier the defence ministry and department of space have demand premium spectrum for their work. In such a scenario, the quantum of 5G airwaves for telcos will be uncertain.

Also, the industry executive has marked that quantum of spectrum availability, especially in the 3300-3600 MHz also remains uncertain. As the entire telecom industry is facing massive financial distress, the government is planning to hold auctions for nearly seven bands which are approximately valued at Rs 3 lakh crore. It is expected that the move will facilitate the government’s Digital India Program.

COAI has Urged to Review NFAP

Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) in a letter which dated May 12, 2020, have asked the department to start a process by creating a committee along with the industry representatives and review the National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) 2018 for the commencement of new bands.

The entire telecom industry has been in need of newer bands to use it in the best way for 5G. However, if the decision regarding the new bands will be pushed to a future date, the rollout of 5G might take a hit. Since various other departments are already asking for premium spectrum, the delay in new bands will be beneficial for other sectors. It is also expected that the Department of Space (DoS) might take a claim on the premium spectrum for their use.

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Prithvi
Prithvi

I have a premonition that this actually may work out well to be in India’s favour because 1) There is a 5G war erupting between US & China and should we buy (into) either or hardware at this time, there will be a huge price to pay in terms of legacy upkeep knowing that one cannot crisscross the other i.e., either we go with the Chinese one which is very risky as they are known to spy pretty shamelessly OR with the US group which may also spy in all possibilities but at least there is some leeway in seeking… Read more »

Biswadeep Mondal
Biswadeep Mondal

well said, and may be if indians develop 5G equipments indegeniously things will get better and affordable by the time there is 5G auction. Few weeks back heard Jio is trying to develop something by themselves if other IT companies join maybe a healthy competion be good for us in long run.

saket
saket

@prithvi.

All points true. But i am still favoring that atlest exiting telco and upcoming start-up should be given acess to 5G spectrum at negligible cost.

Or given spectrum to exiting telco to run NON-commercialized 5G spectrum of quantity : 1 Block. This will feed as innovation from MAde in BHARAT.

Later aution can happen at specified price by avoiding strict price rule like 492 Core/Mhz.

Arena
Arena

“The primary reason behind this is the lack of preparedness, unavailability of sufficient spectrum and uncertainty around radio waves sale for the next generation of telecom services. ” “Lack of preparedness” it’s RG-ish like statement. For 4g massive reform itself many crybabies cried as so much of mess.! Now previously non existent database created. Demand only grows. Soon demand will push for 5G. With Chinese virus mess, everything changed in world order.! It’s an opportunity….Govt may give away 5G airwaves on trail basis for free till 2021 or will give loans basing balance sheet, there by boosting ecosystem in advance… Read more »

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