TRAI will issue a recommendation on 5G spectrum
Recommendation on 5G spectrum – On Tuesday, telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnav said that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s report on 5G spectrum is expected by March, after which spectrum action will be taken quickly to allow for the launch of the next-generation service.
The minister stated that the Department of Telecom is working on other auction-related activities in tandem in order to commence the spectrum auction as soon as possible.
“Recommendations on 5G are expected by March,” the minister said of the Union Budget 2022-23.
He stated that the budget focuses on increasing indigenous technological research and development.
The minister stated that the government will work to have 5G services available in India by 2022.
Trai has issued a consultation document for a 5G spectrum auction to hear from interested corporations and other stakeholders in order to determine the price and terms of allotment of radiowaves.
Before performing the auction, the regulator will make a recommendation to the Department of Telecom, which will seek approval from higher authorities.
In her Union Budget address for 2022-23, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated that the telecommunications sector in general, and 5G technology in particular, can promote growth and provide job possibilities.
Recommendation on 5G spectrum
She stated that spectrum auctions will be held in 2022 to help private telecom carriers bring out 5G mobile services in 2022-23, and that a design-led manufacturing plan will be introduced as part of the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme to help develop a strong ecosystem for 5G.
“Five percent of annual Universal Service Obligation Fund receipts will be committed to facilitate affordable broadband and mobile service proliferation in rural and isolated locations.” This will encourage research and development as well as the commercialization of innovations and solutions,” Sitharaman stated.
She stated that in 2022-23, contracts for laying optical fiber in all villages, including remote areas, will be awarded through a public-private partnership (PPP) under the Bharatnet project, which is expected to be completed in 2025, to provide all villages and their residents with equal access to e-services, communication facilities, and digital resources as urban areas.
According to Budget papers, the budget also announced a Rs 44,720 crore infusion into the loss-making state-owned telecom operator BSNL in the coming fiscal year.
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