One of the biggest issues in making 5G a faster reality for India is the pricing of the on-air spectrum. 5G waves are very expensive in the premium range of telecommunications operators. Telecom operators have made it clear that if they have to pay too much for 5G spectrum, they will not spend money on spectrum auctions.
Looking at this, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) sent a referral to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), asking for new base prices for the various 5G and 4G spectrum bands. For 5G, carriers are most likely to purchase waves in the 3.3 – 3.6 GHz bands, the 700 MHz band, and mmWave bands such as 26 GHz and 28 GHz. In addition, the DoT also asked the TRAI to consider a new base price for the 4G bands, which includes airwaves in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2300 MHz bands.
When will the 5G spectrum auction take place?
The 5G spectrum auctions are scheduled to take place between January and March 2022. Some earlier reports suggest the government is most likely to schedule them for February 2022. ET Telecom says the DoT has asked TRAI for new base prices for different spectra . bands.
The reason this is a good move is not only because it will allow carriers to deploy 5G services at reasonable costs, but also because it takes the burden off their shoulders. Most of the debt the telecommunications industry has today is spectrum related. Thus, telecommunications operators would not want to pay too much for the spectrum they buy at auction.
Bharti Airtel has made it clear that if the 700 MHz spectrum band is not priced properly with other 5G waves, it will continue to roll out 5G services using 4G spectrum and Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) technology. .