India planning mass spectrum sale

9 Feb 2018

India is planning to auction more than 3,000MHz of frequencies at the upcoming sale, with spectrum in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2300MHz, 2500MHz, 3300MHz-3400MHz and 3400MHz-3600MHz all scheduled to go under the hammer, the Economic Times writes, citing Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha. The ministry has requested recommendations on pricing for the airwaves from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The auction will be the nation’s largest spectrum sale with the previous mass tender in 2016 – which featured more than 2,300MHz of airwaves – having left more than half of the available frequencies unsold.

Regarding spectrum for 5G services, the minister confirmed that the frequencies will be usable with the new technology once the standardisation process is completed, in 2020: ‘The standardisation is expected to be completed around the year 2020 after which the frequency bands already auctioned and proposed to be auctioned, can be used for the deployment of 5G technology.’