The requisite spectrum auctions will be held this year, according to the Finance Minister, to permit the launch of 5G mobile services by 2022-23. The universal service obligation fund will be allocated 5% of annual collections to enable affordable broadband and mobile service proliferation in rural and isolated locations.
While the DoT had issued M2M guidelines in May 2018, the clause related to their provisioning was not part of the telecom licences. The DoT in the licence amendment has incorporated M2M with pan-India permit, limited to circle level and district level, according to a circular. The entry fee for the circle level category has been fixed at Rs 2 lakh, PBG Rs 2 lakh and FBG at Rs 20,000.
This was India's first 5G network demonstration in a rural geography. The telecom major said that the trial showcased the massive potential offered by 5G towards bridging the digital divide by enabling access to high speed broadband. As per the statement, 5G site infrastructure was powered by Ericsson's 3GPP-compliant 5G radio.
The company also claimed to have recorded 1.5 gbps download speed in the mid-band spectrum in Gandhinagar and Pune. The DoT had approved applications of Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone in May, and MTNL later. Jio had revealed in June to have recorded a peak speed of 1 gbps and Airtel is also said to have recorded the same level of peak speed in July.