Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Regulators must resist the urge to cash in on 5G spectrum, or risk jeopardising India’s $1tr ‘golden decade’ of progress

Chris Kelly
Friday 02 August 19

India’s mobile network operators spoke with one voice at the ET Telecoms 5G Congress in Delhi this week, as they called for a big reduction in 5G spectrum pricing

India’s telecoms regulators must resist the urge to make a fast buck from 5G when it puts spectrum up for auction later this year, or risk jeopardising the dawn of a ‘golden age’ of technological progress and prosperity in the world’s most populous democracy. At the ET Telecom 5G Congress in Delhi this week, a host of industry experts gathered to chart the course of India’s long road to 5G. Among the chief complaints from operators and vendors alike was that spectrum costs in India are simply too high. Earlier this year, India’s Ministry of Telecoms revealed that the government hoped to raise 9.83 trillion rupees ($84 billion) when it puts 8,600MHz of spectrum up for auction over the  coming two years. The spectrum on offer will cover 4G and LTE usage, as well as airwaves for TV services but the vast majority of the $84 billion revenue target is expected to be raised through the sale of 5G spectrum…

India’s telecoms regulators must resist the urge to make a fast buck from 5G when it puts spectrum up for auction later this year, or risk jeopardising the dawn of a ‘golden age’ of technological progress and prosperity in the world’s most populous democracy. At the ET Telecom 5G Congress in Delhi this week, a host of industry experts gathered to chart the course of India’s long road to 5G. Among the chief complaints from operators and vendors alike was that spectrum costs in India are simply too high. Earlier this year, India’s Ministry of Telecoms revealed that the government hoped to raise 9.83 trillion rupees ($84 billion) when it puts 8,600MHz of spectrum up for auction over the  coming two years. The spectrum on offer will cover 4G and LTE usage, as well as airwaves for TV services but the vast majority of the $84 billion revenue target is expected to be raised through the sale of 5G spectrum…

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