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India to deploy 5G by 2020 : 100% coverage of 10 Gbps broadband across urban India

India to deploy 5G by 2020

India plans to roll out 5G services for consumers by 2020 and to achieve that objective, the government has set up a high-level forum that will evaluate and approve roadmaps and action plans to bring in the latest technology in the country.  The government has included ministries of telecom, information and technology, and science and technology, in the forum and has set aside a corpus of Rs 500 crore for research and development in 5G, top government officials said on Tuesday. “We missed the opportunity to participate when the standards were being set for 3G and 4G, but don’t want to miss the 5G opportunity. Now when the standards are being set for 5G across the world, India will also participate in the process,” Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha said.

The minister said that India is actively involved in setting 5G standards, which in turn will help the local industry. 5G technology will be leveraged for deployment of next-generation broadband infrastructure, through which the government aims to have 100% coverage of 10 Gbps broadband across urban India and 1 Gbps across rural India. India wants to grab the 5G wave early on and has already begun consultations on holding auctions of 5G spectrum, which would be the first for the country where 4G adoption is still at a nascent stage.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) recently floated a consultation paper, asking stakeholders on the timing and quantum of spectrum in the 3300-3400 Mhz and 3400-3600 Mhz bands to be used for 5G. While some in the government back an early sale of such airwaves, the industry wants it sold not before 2019, noting that the ecosystem around the technology is far from being developed. They add that India will get 5G only around 2021-2022. Indian telcos also point to the financial stress being faced due to continuously intensifying competition.

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