Enough Spectrum To Start 5G Services: Ravi Shankar Prasad
- TRAI has recommended a price of Rs 492 crore per MHz for 5G radiowaves
- The spectrum available for 5G auction include 3300 to 3400 MHz and 3425 to 3600 MHz
According to a report by Business Standard, telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that there is ‘enough’ spectrum available to start 5G services. The report said that while replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, he said that the value of unsold spectrum as on date according to valuation by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in its recommendations on auction of spectrum in 700 MHz, 800MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz, 3300-3400 MHz, 3400-3600MHz bands dated 01.08.2018 is Rs 4.9 lakh crores.
The spectrum available for 5G auction include 3300 to 3400 MHz and 3425 to 3600 MHz. The report also said that Broadband India Forum, in their representation to the government said that the amount of 5G spectrum that has been allocated for the 5G spectrum auction to be held shortly is not enough for a big country like India.
Rs 492 crore per MHz for 5G radiowaves
As per the report,TRAI has recommended a price of Rs 492 crore per MHz for 5G radiowaves. Airwaves in the 3,300-3,600 MHz 5G band will be auctioned in the block size of 20 MHz. The report also said that Trai recommended a base price of Rs 4,651 crore for paired spectrum in the 800 MHz band in 19 circles, Rs 1,622 crore per MHz for the 900 MHz band covering 7 circles, Rs 3,399 crore per MHz in the 2,100 MHz band covering 21 circles, and Rs 821 crore per MHz in the 2,500 MHz band covering 12 circles.