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DoT expects to complete process for 5G spectrum auction by August 2019

India's largest telecom operator Vodafone Idea has urged the telecom department not to hold spectrum auction till 2020

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The government expects to complete processes for by August and the services will be rolled out by 2020, said Monday.

"Trai has given a preliminary set of recommendations, which the working committee at the is looking at. has also given broader set of (spectrum) bands on which we have to work. Everybody has said that since ecosystem is not ready, will be ready after July-August next year," Sundararajan told reporters on the sidelines of a workshop with states and Union territories.

Amid a raging financial crisis in the industry, India's largest Idea has urged the telecom department not to hold till 2020 on the grounds that fresh need for quality radio waves will arise only once the ecosystem is ready.

"We expect to complete due procedure by then (July-August 2019). I cannot say whether it (spectrum auction) will happen by then, but we will be ready post-second half of 2020. When we say 2020, it doesn't mean the whole country will have 5G but it will start. Field trials are going on," Sundararajan said.

The (Trai) on Sunday recommended auction of about 8,644 of telecom frequencies at an estimated total base price of Rs 4.9 trillion, which includes radio waves for

The of the telecom ministry has said about 6,000 of spectrum can be made available without delay for the next generation mobile service.

The panel has spotted spectrum for across 11 bands, of which four bands -- premium 700 band, 3.5 gigahertz (Ghz), 24 Ghz and 28 Ghz band -- can be made immediately available for the service.

During her speech at the workshop on the implementation of the National Digital Communications Policy, Sundararajan said that the roll out of in the country will have an impact of USD 1 trillion on the economy.

The workshop was attended by most of the states and Union territories.

First Published: Mon, December 17 2018. 14:55 IST