The telecom department has written to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to set the reserve price for airwaves in the 4G bands of 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz, and for spectrum in the 3400 MHz to 3600 MHz bands that are used for 5G services, according to a leading financial daily.
Fifth-generation (5G) airwaves are expected to be used for a host of services, such as machine-to-machine communication, Internet of Things and even connected smart cities, say analysts.
The impending sale is likely to include spectrum that remained unsold in the 2016 auction, including the pricey 700 MHz band. There is however no clarity on when the government will hold the next sale.
TRAI is expected to shortly begin consultations, which will be the first step in a long-drawn process for arriving at the base price for airwaves, the official said.