Tuesday, 29 November 2022

5G services to be rolled out first in major cities by next year

5G services to be rolled out first in major cities by next year

(5G) Fifth-generation wireless technology, which will allow faster and more responsive Internet services, will be rolling out in the four metros cities and other big cities next year, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said.

5G spectrum auctions will be helding ahead of the rollout. Dates are yet to be not clear cut. Still, the DoT had sought recommendations from the telecom sector regulator TRAI in September on various aspects, including the reserve price, block size, band plan, and the quantum of spectrum to be auctioned.

The DoT said in a statement.

“The process of task of frequencies to TSPs would be initiated at the earliest possible,”

The statement said.

“About the deployment of 5G services, Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) M/s Vodafone Idea, M/s Reliance Jio, and M/s Bharti Airtel have established 5G trials sites in Gandhinagar, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Gurugram, Lucknow, Pune, Hyderabad cities. The metros and big cities would be the first places for launch of 5G services in the country next year,”

Bharti Airtel, Bharti Airtel, and Reliance Jio Infocomm, all three private telecom players, have urged the DoT to set out a clear roadmap for spectrum allocation and 5G frequency bands plan the rollout of services accordingly.

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Magnus Ewerbring, chief technology officer for the Asia Pacific at Ericsson, told in an interview recently.

“The main thing needed now is clarity on the regulatory side. It is licensing of span to make it available and to make it available on reasonable and fair terms. What that entirely is, has to be determined by each country. There has been an argument on whether the spectrum prices are too costly. I think many things can be done to make sure that there is money to build coverage for the Indian people,” 

Ewerbring had said.

“As soon as that (regulatory clarity) happens, 5G will go very quickly. The smartphones are ready, and the operators are also ready. We need simplicity on what frequency bands and many terms and conditions,”

The government has recognized spectrum bands of frequency 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 the public as well as private 5G networks.

While public 5G networks will serve telecom users at large, private 5G networks will be used for captive applications in the Industry 4.0 concept, which has been billed as a significant use-case of 5G networks.