Indian govt is not selling 5G spectrum in the upcoming auction in March, but a tweak in the notice inviting applications has raised hope 5G launch on existing bands. The amendment reduced the notice time period required for telcos to give to upgrade in tech from one year to six months. Mass adoption, however, will take time. GSMA Intelligence report said that 5G connections in India will reach 6% of the population by 2025 and 93 % by 2040.
Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea to push the govt to revise a policy to include the new 5G airwave bands approved by the International Telecom Union for speedy auctioning of the 26 Ghz mm waves for 5G service in India. The govt is yet to clear the air on the timing of 5G spectrum sale, but it may happen later this year. Telcos and DoT want to ensure that both 26 Ghz mm, above and in 3.3-3.6 Ghz mm are auctioned in the 5G spectrum sale.