5G India: India’s 5G spectrum auction is on track, according to Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.
The Indian government stated earlier this year that it intends to hold 5G spectrum auctions in the nation in 2022. In the same statement, India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated that commercial 5G deployment will take place between 2022 and 2023. According to a fresh PTI report citing the Indian Minister of Communications, the spectrum auction is on track.
India’s 5G spectrum auction is set to take place on time
According to a report by PTI, India’s Minister of Communications Ashwini Vaishnaw stated that the 5G spectrum auction in India is on track and on time. Vaishnaw told reporters at the second national conference on cybercrime investigation and digital forensics that the 5G auction will be held “definitely” on time.
According to prior reports, TRAI was slated to submit its recommendations for 5G connectivity deployment in India by the end of March, after which the Telecom Ministry will consider the regulator’s suggestions before holding a 5G spectrum auction in India in May.
However, on March 29, a senior TRAI official informed PTI that recommendations on the 5G spectrum price and other procedures will be made in the next seven to 10 days, signalling a minor delay. This raised concerns about whether the TRAI’s recommendations will cause the 5G spectrum auction to be delayed as well. The telecom minister, on the other hand, rejected the allegations, claiming that spectrum auctions will not be delayed.
Notably, as the 5G spectrum auction approaches in India, key telecom firms such as Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea have been expanding their infrastructure in the nation. Telecom firms have begun testing their 5G networks in cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Gurugram, Gandhinagar, Chandigarh, Pune, and Varanasi, among others.
Source: PTI Ndtv Gadgets