India’s Upcoming 5G Spectrum Auction: What You Need to Know

India prepares for a new 5G spectrum auction, commencing May 20, with operators vying for key frequencies. The government of India confirms the 5G spectrum auction starting on May 20, with operators applying until April 22.

What Frequencies Are Up for Grabs?

Various bands, including 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, and more, will be available for sale.

Operators have until April 22 to apply, with a mock auction scheduled for May 13-14.

Limited Bidders Expected

Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea likely to participate mainly for renewing existing frequencies.

The auction excludes the 600 MHz band due to ongoing studies regarding satellite interference concerns.

Past Auctions and Rollout Progress

Reliance Jio led the previous 5G spectrum auction, with Airtel and Vodafone also securing spectrum.

Reliance Jio Infocomm has already deployed 5G technology, while Airtel aims for nationwide coverage by March 2024.

Equipment and Providers

Airtel employs Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung for its 5G infrastructure.

Source: RCR Wireless

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