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Telecom Ministry to start identifying new spectrum bands for 5G

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The will start identifying and making available new spectrum bands for access and backhaul segments for timely deployment and growth of networks, according to a ministry note.

The department will also make available harmonised and contiguous spectrum required for deployment of next generation access technologies, a DoT note said.

"Identifying and making available new spectrum bands for access and backhaul segments for timely deployment and growth of networks, making available harmonised and contiguous spectrum required for deployment of next generation for making adequate spectrum available for being equipped for the new era", said the DoT noting.

To offer services (MBB), would essentially require large contiguous spectrum blocks per operator to roll out 5G services, according to a TRAI white paper on 5G. DOT's National Digital Communication Policy also supports this contention.

In India, earlier, only 2.400-2.4835 and 5.825-5.875 were unlicensed bands for indoor and outdoor use of Recently, 5150-5250 MHz, 5250-5350 MHz, 5470-5725 and 5725-5875 frequency bands have been included as unlicensed for use in indoor and outdoor environment. The opening of more unlicensed frequencies will facilitate development of 5G ecosystem, the TRAI paper said.

The department's WPC (Wireless planning & Coordination) wing is also simplifying rules enabling 'light-touch' licensing and delicensing of spectrum for proliferation.

TRAI had recommended auction of about 8,644 of telecom frequencies. The of the telecom ministry has said about 6,000 Mhz of spectrum can be made available without delay for the next generation mobile service. The panel has identified spectrum for across 11 bands, of which four bands -- premium 700 Mhz band, 3.5 gigahertz (Ghz), 24 and 28 Ghz band -- can be made immediately available for the service.

It is likely that the entire spectrum quantum suggested by TRAI will be put to auction .

The 700 MHz band was put for auction last time but was not sold. The 35 MHz paired spectrum is still available for and The 3.5 GHz band has recently been identified in for IMT services. 100 MHz spectrum from 3300-3400 MHz is available on pan basis and out of 200 MHz in 3400-3600 MHz band.

Globally, full scale deployment of is expected to start by late 2019 or early 2020 for which pilots have already commenced. is also not far behind.

The 5G High Level Forum envisages 5G to be deployed in India by 2020 along with the rest of the world.

(Anjana Das can be contacted at anjana.d@ians.in)

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First Published: Sun, May 26 2019. 06:12 IST
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