Indian Navy’s reluctance to vacate spectrum likely to delay 5G auction

Source: Business Standard

What is the news?

The Indian Navy has expressed reservations in vacating 100 MHz (from the 3300 MHz – 3400 MHz) band of the spectrum, proposed to be sold in the tender expected next year. This could delay the Centre’s plans to proceed with the 5G auctions in 2022.

Why Indian Navy is not vacating the spectrum band?

The 3300 MHz-3600 MHz (or 3.3GHz-3.6GHz) will be auctioned for the first time in the proposed 5G auctions, likely next year. This frequency is halfway between the existing WiFi bands (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and is used by naval radar systems and for satellite ground communications.

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