Government May Open Up New 5G Spectrum Bands After Trai Proposal

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Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said, The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is willing to open up new spectrum bands to facilitate ultra-high-speed fifth-generation or 5G services but only after a formal proposal from the sector regulator.

Sundararajan told to ET, “We are open to newer bands and a suggestion has to go to the regulator, which can come up with its formal recommendations, although it has already proposed spectrum in the 3300-3600 MHz frequency range for 5G”.

Sundararajan will deliver a special address at the ETTelecom 5G Congress on Wednesday.

According to ET, In August, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had proposed guidelines for the next round of airwaves sale that included 5G spectrum in the 3300-3600 MHz bands, besides the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1,800 MHz, 2,100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2,500 MHz range.

Trai proposed that a total of 275 MHz in the 3300-3600 MHz frequency range be auctioned. It said that a further 25 MHz spectrum (3400-3425 MHz), which is presently being used by the Indian Space Research Organisation, should be allowed for 5G services after due negotiations with the space body to free up the spectrum.

Sundararajan said that India would have enough radio waves for the roll-out of 5G technology-based services.

Incumbent telecom service providers Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Vodafone Idea and state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, together with multinational gear vendors such as Cisco, Samsung, Nokia, and Ericsson, are already readying India-specific use cases based on 5G radio waves to be showcased early next year.

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