The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Wednesday invited enterprises to study the demand for direct assignment of spectrum to set up captive non-public networks (CNPN).
Private 5G captive networks are about the deployment of high speed, enhanced data capacity, and ultra-low latency applications inside a closed manufacturing unit, hospital, airport and shipping port.
Keeping the spectrum prices exorbitantly high may create unnecessary entry barriers and indirectly promote monopoly or duopoly.
"We intend to launch 5G starting August and extend to a Pan India roll out very soon. By March 2024 we believe we will be able to cover every town and key rural area as well with 5G."
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For other stakeholders, this service will be available at a very nominal rate.
He said that Indian engineers have developed a set of 5G standards, which will facilitate the spread of the 5G network in rural areas.
Pushed by the fast-changing technological changes into the defence Indian Army has begun its catching up process to Absorb 5G (Generation) Technology.
With the completion of the auctions for 5G spectrum, India is well on the way to the next level of the telecommunication revolution.
“Tariff hike environment is right and we won’t hesitate to take leadership in hiking prices," said Ravinder Takkar.
The harmonisation process, critical for 5G services, brings together a bunch of radio wave holdings within a band into one contiguous block with the consensus of all telecom service providers.
Airtel highlighted its long-standing relationship for connectivity and pan-India managed services with Ericsson and Nokia while stating that partnership with Samsung will begin this year onwards.
Telecom operators are expected to raise tariffs for 4G services in the second half of the current fiscal to ensure mass adoption of 5G services.
Adani Group plans to use the airwaves for its data centres as well as the super app it is building to support businesses from electricity distribution to airports, and gas retailing to ports.
Indian telecom service providers (TSPs) on Monday welcomed the result of the 5G spectrum auction and expected 5G technology will accelerate India’s transformation into a digital society.
Both Bharti and Jio have likely built a pan-India spectrum footprint for 5G, with Vodafone Idea's selective participation.
Reliance Jio took the more expensive 700MHz in all 22 circles; the band has a range from 5-10 km which gives good base coverage.
The cumulative spectrum sale crossed the Rs 1.50 lakh crore milestone on the sixth day of bidding on Sunday.
The pitched battle in UP East circle seems to be cooling off now, indicating that the auctions may be entering the final leg, according to industry sources.
5G services in the country are expected to begin by the first week of October, said telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Saturday.