5G launch in India: spectrum auction will reportedly happen in May

5G launch in India is expected in 2023 while the spectrum auction is expected in May 2022. Here's what we know so far.

  • 5G spectrum auction in India appears to be right around the corner.
  • The auction is expected in May 2022.
  • TRAI has given participants in 5G spectrum consultation to submit their additional comments by February 15.

After a lot of wait, 5G spectrum auction finally appears to be happening soon in India. As per a new report, India will conduct 5G spectrum auction sometime in May this year if TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) submits its recommendations on the rules regarding the sale processor by March. This is finally good news for the telecom sector in the country and if things go as planned, we can expect the 5G launch in India by early 2023, as promised.

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5G spectrum auction expected in May

According to a senior official of TRAI, 5G spectrum auction is on its way to happen sometime in May, provided there’s no delay (via ET Telecom). Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav revealed earlier this month that TRAI has confirmed that it would submit its recommendations for the 5G spectrum auction by March and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has also been swift to ensure the other processes are taken care of in time to hold the auction at the earliest.

As per Telecom Secretary K Rajaraman, after the submission by TRAI, it will take a month for the DoT to make a decision around it. “TRAI has indicated that they will send it (recommendations) by March. Thereafter, it will take us a month to make a decision around it,” said K Rajaraman.

In the past, the government of India has taken around 60 to 120 days to start the bidding rounds in the auction after receiving recommendations from TRAI, so we can expect a similar process this time around as well. As for the 5G services, 5G is expected to deliver up to 10 times faster speeds than 4G, as per the DoT.