5G spectrum auction to allot airwaves may not happen before 2023

What is the news?

According to internal consultations in the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), the 5G spectrum auctions will be held in the last quarter of the financial year 2022-23 (FY23).

The 5G auction would include 3,300 MHz to 3,600 MHz bands along with the milimetre waves. The base price for the 5G spectrum is around Rs 3.63 trillion.

How the spectrum allocation process is initiated?

Usually, the telecom department, after internal consultations, sends the proposal to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) seeking its views on the subject. The regulator, after rounds of consultations with the various stakeholders, sends its recommendations to DoT.

These recommendations are then vetted by the Digital Communications Commission, the apex decision-making body in the telecom sector.

After seeking approval from the Union Cabinet, the notice inviting applications is floated by the telecom department.

Source: This post is based on the article “5G spectrum auction to allot airwaves may not happen before 2023” published in Business Standard on 18th Sep 2021.

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