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5G spectrum auction gets Cabinet greenlight as services to roll out soon

A total of 72 GHz of spectrum with a validity period of 20 years will be auctioned by the end of July

June 15, 2022 / 03:17 PM IST
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India’s cabinet has approved a proposal to auction high speed fifth generation, or 5G, telecom spectrum for 20 years starting July 26, according to a statement.

Spectrum totaling 72 GHz will be auctioned across the low (600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz), mid (3300 MHz) and high (26 GHz) frequency bands, the government said.

5G telecom services, expected to roll out soon, will have 10 times more speed and capacity than 4G.

The cabinet has also green-flagged so-called private captive networks using which enterprises and technology giants can have their own networks to enable machine to machine communications, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence applications across automotive, healthcare, agriculture, energy, and other sectors.