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Telecom companies likely to ring in 5G services on Independence Day

Telcos are, of course, taking aggressive steps anyway, such as testing their 5G network capabilities through trial runs

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One key stumbling block of this plan is that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has just recently referred the issue of the base price (which telcos say is too high) of 5G spectrum back to Trai

Surajeet Das Gupta New Delhi
The government is engaged in talks with telecom firms for a launch of commercial 5G services in some cities by Independence Day and has assured them that spectrum auction will take place in April-May, providing them a three to four-month window for the rollout.

A top executive of a leading telecom gear company said the deadline was feasible in some cases. “It can be achieved in some cities as it will take us 4-6 weeks to deploy a network, once the equipment or components have reached India. But to do so, we need commercial contracts with telcos to be finalised by

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First Published: Nov 26 2021 | 6:07 AM IST

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