What next after 5G? Battle over delicensing of valuable 6-GHz band

Global tech giants want the entire 1200 MHz of spectrum in this band delicensed while Indian telcos want it licensed for 5G services

Illustration by Binay Sinha

The battle being fought in India is the same as in other countries where regulators and the government are accepting two varying models. Illustration by Binay Sinha

Surajeet Das Gupta New Delhi
Global tech companies are again bracing for a battle with Indian telecom companies, and this time it is over delicensing of the valuable 6-GHz band (5925-7125 MHz).

This comes close on the heels of telcos losing out to tech companies, after the Union Cabinet gave clearance for private captive networks.  

The department of telecom­munications (DoT) has already started consultations with stakeholders on the road map for the 6GHz spectrum and whether it needs to be delicesned. Global tech companies such as Google, Meta, Qualcomm, and Cisco (represented by the Broadband India Forum or BIF), are demanding delicensing of the entire 1,200 MHz of spectrum in this band.

First Published: Jun 18 2022 | 06:15 AM IST

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