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5G services will be rolled out next year, in major cities first

Fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology, which will enable faster and more responsive internet services, will be rolled out in all four subways and other major cities next year, the Ministry of Telecommunications (DoT) said on Monday.

5G spectrum auctions will take place prior to deployment. The dates have not yet been decided, but the DoT in September requested recommendations from the telecommunications sector regulator TRAI on various aspects, including the reserve price, band plan, block size and quantum of spectrum. to be auctioned.

“The process of allocating frequencies to TSPs (telecommunications service providers) would be launched as soon as possible,” the DoT said in a statement.

“Regarding the deployment of 5G services, the telecommunications service providers (TSPs) – M / s Bharti Airtel, M / s Reliance Jio and M / s Vodafone Idea – have established 5G test sites in Gurugram, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Pune, the cities of Gandhinagar. These subways and large cities would be the first places to launch 5G services in the country next year, ”the statement said.

The three private telecom players, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, urged the DoT to establish a clear roadmap for spectrum allocation and 5G frequency bands, so that they are able to plan the deployment of services accordingly.

“The most important thing we need now is clarity on the regulatory side. The idea is to license spectrum to make it available and make it available on fair and reasonable terms. What exactly is has to be determined by each country. There has been some discussion as to whether spectrum prices are too expensive. I think a lot can be done to make sure there is money to build coverage for the Indian people, ”said Magnus Ewerbring, chief technology officer for Asia-Pacific at Ericsson. Indian express in an interview recently.

“As soon as that (regulatory clarity) happens, 5G will go really fast. Smartphones are ready, operators are ready. We need clarity on frequency bands and other terms and conditions, ”Ewerbring said.

The government has recognized the frequency bands 526-698 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz, 3300-3670 MHz and 24.25-28.5 GHz for 5G both public and private networks.

While public 5G networks will serve telecommunications users in general, private 5G networks will be used for captive applications within the concept of Industry 4.0, which has been touted as a major use case for 5G networks.

Industry 4.0 will see sectors such as manufacturing and logistics adopt 5G networks to automate their processes, given the significantly higher speeds and lower latencies with the next generation of telephony.