GS Paper - 3 (ICT)

The Union Cabinet approved auction of 5G airwaves which will be part of the total 72097.85 MHz of spectrum that will be put on sale on 26 July 2022. The formal document that lays down the auction guidelines and procedures, bidders can apply by 8 July 2022. The spectrum will be allotted for validity period of 20 years, and payments for the spectrum can be made in 20 equal annual installments.

More about Spectrum

  1. The auction will be held for spectrum in various Low (600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz), Mid (3300 MHz) and High (26 GHz) frequency bands.
  2. It is expected that the Mid and High band spectrum will be utilised by telecom service providers to roll-out of 5G technology-based services capable of providing speed and capacities which would be about 10 times higher than what is possible through the current 4G services.
  3. There will be no mandatory requirement to make upfront payment by the successful bidders, giving significant relief to carriers' operating costs.
  4. The requirement of submitting a financial bank guarantee equivalent to one annual instalment has also been done away with.
  5. The availability of sufficient backhaul spectrum is also necessary to enable the roll-out of 5G services.
  6. The Cabinet has decided to provisionally allot 2 carriers of 250 MHz each in E-band to the telecom service providers.
  7. The Cabinet also decided to double the number of traditional microwave backhaul carriers in the existing frequency bands of 13, 15, 18 and 21 GHz bands.
  8. The Cabinet also decided to enable the development and setting up of private captive networks.
  9. This will spur a new wave of innovations in Industry 4.0 applications such as machine to machine communications, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) across automotive, healthcare, agriculture, energy, and other sectors.