India is intended to start its 5G trials in the next 100 days and after the trials, a mega spectrum auction for 5G and other radio waves will be held in the current calendar year, the newly appointed Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday.
The minister also said “I am of the belief that in the current calendar year, we will auction spectrum. We have adequate spectrum available.” The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI) has suggested auction of about 8,644 MHz of Telecom frequencies for 5g services. The auction is expected to have an estimated base price of Rs 4.9 lakh crore.
“Trai has given its recommendation on the spectrum. We have a system of a standing committee, finance committee, they are examining it. Once they come with a solution…whether there is a need for more consultation with Trai, we will have to look into it. Then, we have to go to the Cabinet and appoint auctioneer.” said Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The minister also said that the trials for 5G network will begin in 100 days. They will be trying to endeavour 5G technology to be useful for deprived sections, social causes, education and health, and for bringing technology to rural people.