The telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said: “We are open to newer bands and a suggestion has to go to the regulator, which can come up with its formal recommendations, although it has already proposed spectrum in the 3300-3600 MHz frequency range for 5G.”
The industry feels that spectrum allocation would be the most critical element in adoption of 5G mobile networks in India given that telcos would need at least 100 MHz each for 5G enablement and deployment.
In August, TRAI had proposed guidelines for the next round of airwaves sale that included 5G spectrum in the 3300-3600 MHz bands, besides the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1,800 MHz, 2,100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2,500 MHz range. It had proposed that a total of 275 MHz in the 3300-3600 MHz frequency range be auctioned. It said that a further 25 MHz spectrum (3400-3425 MHz), which is presently being used by the Indian Space Research Organisation, should be allowed for 5G services after due negotiations with the space body to free up the spectrum.