5G spectrum auction without reserve price: ITU-APT

ITU-APT Foundation of India has called upon the finance minister to allow auction of 5G spectrum in mid band and mm wave bands without any reserve price so that the goal of “Atamnirbhar Bharat” could be achieved.

Speaking at a virtual event to mark the national celebration of World Telecom Information Society Day 2020, Bharat Bhatia, President, ITU-APT called upon the government to work on four major initiatives – Low-cost 5G spectrum for operators in 3.6 GHz and 26 GHz through immediate spectrum auctions without any reserve price; Delicense E and V bands for backhaul as well as last mile; Delicense additional 1200 MHz for WiFi in 6 GHz with technical conditions to protect satellite uplinks; and small area and captive telecom licensing to be delicensed to support industrial, captive and campus based networks to realize Prime Minister’s dream of an Atamnirbhar India.

Dr. RS Sharma, Chairman, TRAI said, “TRAI has endorsed many of these telecom reforms and have recommended these to the DoT however, 5G spectrum auctions without any reserve price may be difficult to be accepted.”

Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary General, ITU, Geneva while thanking ITU- APT Foundation for leading India’s participation in the ITU activities thanked India for hosting the next ITU standardization meet and underlined the importance of the private sector in participation in various ITU activities.

Supporting the proposal for the low cost spectrum, Rajan Mathews, Director General, COAI said that the spectrum is the building block of our industry and we need it at low prices.

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