The next round of spectrum auction note would come up for a decision at today’s union cabinet meeting, according to PTI.
As much as 300 megahertz of spectrum blocks for 5G services have been identified by the Telecom Department. Out of which, the defense ministry and Department of Space have made claims for about 125 MHz of spectrum, leaving only 175 Mhz of airwaves for telecom companies, the news agency reported.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had recommended a plan to auction spectrum worth Rs 5.22 lakh crore.
Trai has recommended a base price of Rs 492 crore per Mhz unpaired spectrum on pan-India for the proposed 5G spectrum in 3,300-3,600 Mhz band, which amounts to around Rs 50,000 crore for 100 Mhz of 5G spectrum required to deliver 5G services.
The Telecom Department has selected a public sector firm
The public sector firm MSTC will design and develop spectrum auction software. However, due to claims of DoS and the defense ministry, the process of auction got delayed.
Note: This is a developing story. The Union Cabinet will have a press briefing later in the day.