Spectrum acquired through 2021 Auction can be used for 5G: Dhotre

Spectrum acquired through 2021 Auction can be used for 5G: Dhotre

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Reduced notice period for offering new technology will offer flexibility to TSPs

Dhotre explicitly says that spectrum acquired through 2021 Auction can be used for 5G

DoT had earlier responded vaguely to TSPs question on NIA not mentioning 5G technology

The Minister of State for Communications Sanjay Dhotre today in the Lok Sabha said that reduced notice for offering any technology would offer flexibility to telecom service providers. Unlike earlier, telecom service providers can now offer any new technology base station site for testing while rolling out networks for compliance with roll-out obligations in reduced notice period of six months.

Dhotre further clarified that spectrum acquired through auction can be used to provide services using any technology including 5G. Notably, when telecom service providers had explicitly asked DoT about 5G deployment using spectrum acquired through the recent auction, DoT had answered vaguely by reducing the notice period and saying any new technology could be deployed using the spectrum acquired through recent auction.

Reduced notice period for offering any new technology base station site for testing while rolling out networks for compliance of roll out obligations will provide more flexibility to telecom service providers (TSPs) for deploying new technologies. TSPs are free to deploy any technology using spectrum acquired through auctions/liberalized spectrum. The 5G services are to be introduced gradually and will advance to full range of services as ecosystem and demand for services grow,” said Sanjay Dhotre in Lok Sabha.

DoT had in January amended its notice inviting applications (NIA) for Spectrum Auction 2021 allowing telecom service providers to deploy spectrum for new technology with only 6 months prior information. The NIA amendment allows TSPs to launch 5G services within 6 months of the notice period.

In case of switching over to a different technology (other than GSM/WCDMA/LTE/CDMA), while rolling out the networks for compliance of roll out obligations, information regarding the new technology to be given, before any new technology Base Station site is offered for testing, is reduced to six months from one year, read DoT’s NIA amendment.

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Dhotre's clarification about Spectrum sold in this month's auction being usable for 5G right away cuts the 6 months notice period which would otherwise have delayed the 5G launch by operators. Now we can expect commercial 5G launch by Jio and Airtel as early as June July. Both will want to grab the first mover advantage. Jio is better placed to have a Pan India rollout on band 40 and Airtel might do it on band 3 in select cities.

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Dhotre's clarification about Spectrum sold in this month's auction being usable for 5G right away cuts the 6 months notice period which would otherwise have delayed the 5G launch by operators. Now we can expect commercial 5G launch by Jio and Airtel as early as June July. Both will want to grab the first mover advantage. Jio is better placed to have a Pan India rollout on band 40 and Airtel might do it on band 3 in select cities.

this was also notified in NIA before aution.

secondly as u said before, jio may roll out 5g on older 20mhz from band 40 and shift 4g operation to newly acquired 20mhz of band 40.

same can be true for band 41 of vi.

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this was also notified in NIA before aution.

No that's the whole point, the NIA had no word on liberalised spectrum being usable for 5G from the time of allotment. It specifically said it can be used for GSM, CDMA, HSPA, LTE right away and for every other technology (including 5G NR) the operators need to give a 6 months notice period (which was earlier 1 year). Now Dhotre has clarified that the spectrum can be used for 5G right away, no need for even the 6 months notice period.

secondly as u said before, jio may roll out 5g on older 20mhz from band 40 and shift 4g operation to newly acquired 20mhz of band 40.

That would be needed to avoid the 6 months waiting period, after Dhotre's clarification Jio can very well use the newly acquired band 40 spectrum also for 5G.

same can be true for band 41 of vi.

Yes Vi can utilise it's entire band 41 spectrum holding for 5G if they want.

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So any guess on how much speed this pseudo 5g will give us?

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