India plans to accelerate the deployment of ultra-high-speed networks
By the end of July, three operators—Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd., Bharti Airtel Ltd., and Vodafone Idea Ltd.—will battle intensely for 5G radio waves in India, in preparation for the implementation of ultra-high-speed networks.
The Indian government proposes to sell 72 gigahertz of telecom spectrum for 20 years, according to a statement from the Ministry of Communications.
The auction will be held in various frequency bands
The ministry said in a statement that “it is expected that telecommunications service providers will employ the medium and high-frequency bands to offer services based on 5G technology.”
The Indian government’s coffers will benefit from the 5G radio wave auction as it funds a $26 billion inflation-fighting package that includes lower gasoline taxes and import duties.
The spectrum auction will also be the next battleground for Mukesh Ambani and Vodafone Group Plc. in India, who intend to construct 5G networks and sign high-end consumers.