According to TotalTele, the Indian government plans to complete the 5G spectrum auction by the end of November.
Industry insiders told that the price of the auction should be in line with the proposed price before the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRAI). Also, they are going to finalize it in the third week of September.
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Indian telecom operators have been critical of the pricing structure coming from TRAI. Plus, they didn’t accept the minimum service obligations attached to the auction spectrum.
TRAI previously said it hopes to raise up to $84 billion in funding over the next two years through wireless spectrum auctions. However, Indian telecom operators are generally not agree with the proposed price. Vodafone-Idea and Bharti Airtel threaten to boycott auction unless TRAI revises its pricing recommendations.
An executive at Badi Telecom said: ‘In the next two to three years, the ecosystem will not develop, we do not make sense to buy spectrum at such a price level.’
Badi Telecom CEO Gopal Vittal said at an industry conference earlier this year that Indian operators each need at least 1000MHz of the spectrum to provide comprehensive services throughout India.
‘Indian operators need 1,000MHz of the spectrum, each, in order to do 5G properly. There is a lot of work to be done freeing up mmWave spectrum in the high bands. Even when you talk about spectrum in the mid-band, the 3.5GHz spectrum, every operator is going to need 75-100MHz of the spectrum, otherwise you will see a 5G icon displayed on your phone, but in reality, you will just be getting a 4G experience,’ he said.