On Monday, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended that the base price of 5G airwaves in the 700 MHz and 3300-3670 MHz bands be reduced. The price of the 700 MHz band has been reduced by 40% to Rs 3,927 crore/MHz, while the price of the 3300-3670 MHz band has been reduced by 36%. The 3300-3670 MHz band’s price has been reduced from 492 crores per MHz to 317 crores per MHz.
Recommendation for a ten-band auction
Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea have all cut their prices in order to attract aggressive bidding from the regulator. The existing 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz spectrum bands, as well as new spectrum bands of 600 MHz, 3300-3670 MHz, and 24.25-28.5 GHz, will be auctioned, according to TRAI. That is, a total of ten bands will be auctioned off for 5G spectrum.
The airwaves between 526 and 612 MHz will not be auctioned.
TRAI has recommended a block size of 10 MHz for the 3300-3670 MHz band and 50 MHz for the 24.25-28.5 GHz band to give telecom service providers more flexibility. Airwaves in the 526-612 MHz range will not be auctioned by TRAI.
The goal is to launch 5G by August 15th.
The government had pressed TRAI to submit its pricing recommendations by the end of March so that 5G spectrum could be sold in May. By August 15, India’s Independence Day, the government hopes to have 5G operational. On your smartphone, the 5G network will deliver an incredible download speed of 20 Gb/s, compared to 1 Gb/s on the 4G network. It’s as if you have a fibre optic connection in your pocket at all times.
In a flash, you will be able to download a 3 hour HD movie.
In less than a second, 5G users will be able to download three hours of HD movies. It takes at least 10 minutes for 4G users to complete this task. Buffering during streaming sessions will be virtually eliminated because data transmission on the 5G network will be lightning fast. Data will be delivered in less than one millisecond on a 5G network, compared to about 70 milliseconds (ms) on 4G networks.