As the federal government gears as much as conduct the subsequent spherical of spectrum public sale, telecom corporations have sought readability if 5G will be launched on the airwaves purchased by means of this sale. Although spectrum assigned by means of public sale is technology-neutral as additionally the unified licence, the omission of 5G within the discover inviting software (NIA) issued by Division of Telecommunications (DoT) led some telcos to hunt a clarification on Tuesday.
Furthermore, the NIA has particularly mentioned that operators wanting to make use of new expertise have to hunt prior clearance.
Bidding for the public sale will begin on March 1, and airwaves price Rs 3.92 lakh crore might be up on the market. A complete of two,251 MHz spectrum in seven bands starting from 700 MHz to 2500 MHz might be auctioned. Airwaves for 5G (3300 MHz-3600 MHz) gained’t be auctioned this time.
The DoT has requested the operators to ship their written queries by Friday, after which a clarification might be issued.
As per the NIA, spectrum blocks within the liberalised spectrum or acquired by means of auctions could also be mixed if required by expertise and there aren’t any restrictions on the expertise to be deployed for offering providers inside the scope of the service licence, offered it’s appropriate with applied sciences already deployed within the licensed service space (LSA).
The profitable bidder shall present particulars of the expertise proposed to be deployed for operation of its providers utilizing the spectrum block assigned by means of this public sale inside one month of acquiring licence, if the expertise occurs to be GSM/ WCDMA/ LTE/ CDMA. “In case of switching over to a unique expertise (aside from GSM/ WCDMA/ LTE/ CDMA), whereas rolling out the networks for compliance of roll out obligations, info relating to the brand new expertise must be given at the very least one yr earlier than any new expertise base station web site is obtainable for testing,” the NIA mentioned.
The expertise must be based mostly on requirements accredited by ITU/ TEC or every other worldwide requirements organisation. The telcos might be allowed to make use of extra spectrum purchased by means of this public sale to deploy any expertise aside from GSM/ CDMA after changing their whole administratively assigned spectrum into liberalised spectrum in the identical band.
The NIA additional mentioned in case of change of expertise, the licensees should guarantee continuity of protection, provisioning, supply, high quality of providers within the community deployed with earlier expertise. “To be used of expertise aside from GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, and LTE, prior clearance might be required to make sure that dangerous interference will not be precipitated to the already working applied sciences both in the identical band or within the adjoining bands,” the NIA mentioned.
Reliance Jio has mentioned previously that it plans to roll out 5G providers within the second half of 2021, however as 5G spectrum will not be being auctioned, the telco might have to make use of spectrum purchased by means of this sale to launch 5G. The operator has already developed an in-house 5G answer that it plans to deploy to launch providers.