The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) declared that 5G internet services will be available throughout India by 2022. According to a press release 13 cities across the country will be getting 5G services in the first phase. These cities include Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune.
The government has not yet confirmed which operator would be the first commercially launch 5G services. Three of the top telecom companies, including Jio, Airtel and Vi (Vodafone Idea) have set up test sites in these cities.
DoT eight has partnered with eight agencies to carry out this project. Indigenous 5G (/topic/5g) Test bed initiative. The project was launched in 2018 and will be completed by the end of December 2021. These agencies include Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore, Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering & Research (SAMEER) and Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT).
“Costing Rs 224 crore, the project is likely to be completed by December 31, 2021, paving the way for end-to-end testing of 5G (/topic/5g) User Equipments (UEs) and network equipment by 5G (/topic/5g) stakeholders developing 5G (/topic/5g) products/services/use cases, including indigenous start-ups, SMEs, Academia and Industry in the country,” DoT said.
DoT further stated that in September of 2021 an application was sent to TRAI to seek recommendations for auctioning spectrum that has been identified to be used for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT)5G in relation to reserve price , band plans and block size, as well as the amount of spectrum that will be auctioned, and the conditions for auctions for 526-698 MHZ, 700 MHZ 800 MHZ, 900 1800 MHZ 2300 MHZ, 2100 Mhz, 2500 MHZ 3300-3670 MHZ as well as 24.25-28.5 bands of GHZ for 5G public and private networks to meet the spectrum requirements of the captive 5G applications in Industry 4.0 (Industry 4.0). The process of assigning frequencies to TSPs will begin in the earliest time possible.