Cabinet approves auction of 5G spectrum

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The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to conduct a 5G spectrum auction by the end of next month.

  • The successful bidders will be assigned spectrum for providing 5G services.

  • A total of 72097.85 MHz spectrum with a validity period of 20 years will be auctioned by the end of July 2022.

  • 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.

  • The auction will be conducted for spectrum in various low, medium and high frequency bands.

  • DoT has started spectrum auction and Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) has been issued on 15th June 2022.

  • What is 5G technology?

  • The fifth generation mobile network is called 5G.

  • The 5G network will operate in the millimeter-wave spectrum (30-300 GHz) which can send huge amounts of data at very high speeds.

  • It is the newest upgrade in Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband networks.

  • Internet speeds in the high-band spectrum of 5G have been tested to exceed 20 Gbps (gigabit per second).

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