India is gearing up for the roll out of 5G networking. The government is laying the groundwork for spectrum auctions for the newer and faster bandwidth, which is set to roll out by the end of this year.
The news arrives from Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and is in line with our previous reports as well. For those unaware, commercial 5G services in India are set to kick off by next year, with telecom operators are already performing trials in various cities. Furthermore, it is believed that 5G networking will contribute to around 450 billion US Dollars to the Indian economy, with applications helping in accelerating development and creating new jobs.
The Union Minister stated that the 5G roll out will begin sometime in August or September 2022. Telecom operators typically need around six months from the spectrum auction to roll out their respective services, so this would give them enough time to prepare for a commercial 5G launch. Although, the government have already offered the firms extended time up to May 2022 to test their 5G networks as well. So we might see a commercial roll out sooner or possibly a limited manner in certain cities.
Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, stated that “The government is also discussing with telcos and other stakeholders on the spectrum auctions that will be undertaken this year.” To aid this, the government also plans on increasing the fiber backbone in India from 1.5 million kilometers to 2.5 million kilometers by 2022. Gizmochina