Though smartphones makers are aggressively launching the 5G-enabled phones in the Indian market, even there is no 5G network availability in the country.
And as per the latest report Indian Government is likely to push 5G auctions till the end of the year. The one of the main reason of delays are due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and because decisions on spectrum and pricing in India are still pending.
5G Network Launch Date in India
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is “currently preoccupied” with ensuring network stability amid the coronavirus pandemic and is awaiting decisions on spectrum availability and pricing, sources told The Economic Times.
“It is unlikely that auctions will happen this year and will get postponed. The focus currently is on keeping networks stable,” a senior government official told the paper. Meanwhile, industry sources said they expect the sale between January and March 2022. Moneycontrol could not independently verify the report.
5G Network Test in India
Another official said there is “no pressing need for early stage sale” and pointed out that trials for use and applications of 5G technology have just started and will continue for at least six months. DoT gave Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) permission for trials on May 4.
The six-month trial period includes a two-month period for procurement and setting up of the equipment, as per an official statement.
Officials also noted that the trial period could be extended “depending on the progress made”, in which case the 5G auctions “may be pushed further”.
“There is a possibility that telecom companies (telcos) ask for more time for 5G trials, especially for the indigenously developed 5Gi technology,” one of the officials added.
Officials and industry executives also pointed out operational issues such as pricing of the 700 MHz spectrum band and consideration of telcos demand to auction the 26-28 GHz millimetre waves so as to make the service more affordable “need sorting out”, the report added.
While on the other hand, Telcos say E band spectrum – between 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz – and those in the V band – 57-64 GHz – can transmit data at lightning speeds of about 1,000 megabits per second, which is perfect as they brace for 5G.
So far, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has set aside spectrum only in the 3.3-3.6 GHz bands for 5G services and pegged based price for 5G airwaves at Rs 492 crore/unit – which telcos say is “too high and would not find any buyers”.
This news report was originally published on moneycontrol