Industry body demands to defer 5G spectrum auction

Industry body demands to defer 5G spectrum auction

The Department of Telecom intends to auction 5G spectrum sometime this year only after having already missed their 2019 deadline.

PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a trade and industry body, on Thursday asked the Department of Telecom (DoT) to delay the auction of 5G spectrum by at least 3 to 5 years from so that the government gets proper valuations of 5G spectrum.

“If 5G spectrum is auctioned now, the license fees would be frozen for the next 20 years and the government will lose money. Also the operators will also lose since they will be able to monetize bandwidth only after 3-5 years” said Sandeep Aggarwal, Chairman - Telecom Committee, PHDCCI at the curtain raiser of Telecom Summit 2020 with the theme ‘5G Technology: Forging Ahead into a Smarter India’.

The Department of Telecom intends to auction 5G spectrum sometime this year only after having already missed their 2019 deadline.

The government should not charge license fee to the operators for the next 2-3 years after the auction. The government should also charge reasonable prices for 5G waves to make it sustainable as present economic scenario is not good, he suggested.

PHD Chamber in its budget suggestions also recommended to declare ‘Broadband a ‘utility’

According to Sandeep Aggarwal, the Centre, State and Local authorities should be obliged to improve building codes to include common duct along all roads from National highways, colony roads. Local bodies will also need to make arrangements so that all new houses/ buildings should have high quality broadband connections.

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