Govt frees up 5GHz spectrum

23 Oct 2018

The Indian government has freed a tranche of 5GHz spectrum from licensing requirements for the provision of Wi-Fi and 5G services. The Economic Times cites an official notification as saying that no licence would be required to ‘establish, maintain, work, possess, or deal in any wireless equipment for the purpose of low power wireless access systems, including radio local area networks’ operating in the 5150MHz-5350MHz and 5470MHz-5875MHz bands. The move is expected to help the government’s BharatNet project, under which the state is planning to roll out around ten million Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas, as well as bolstering the deployment of Wi-Fi networks in urban areas by private telcos. Further, reducing the restrictions on the spectrum will simplify upcoming field trials of certain 5G technologies.