Auction of 5G spectrum in India will not be delayed: Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav

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Communications Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said on Monday that there will be no delay in the auction of 5G spectrum in India. His statement comes at a time when the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has delayed submitting its recommendations on spectrum pricing and other details to the Telecom Ministry.

Asked whether telecom auctions in India will go as per schedule, Vaishnav said – “Absolutely”. He was speaking to the media on the sidelines of the second National Conference on Cyber ​​Crime Investigation and Digital Forensics.

As per previous reports, TRAI was expected to submit its recommendations for deployment of 5G connectivity in India by the end of March this year, following which the Telecom Ministry is expected to conduct an auction of 5G spectrum in India sometime in May. To review the recommendations of the regulator. The year.

However, a senior TRAI official told PTI on March 29 that recommendations on 5G spectrum pricing and other modalities would be out in the coming seven to ten days, indicating a slight delay. It raised concerns whether the delay in the recommendations of TRAI would also delay the auction of 5G spectrum. However, the Telecom Minister refuted the claims, saying there would be no delay in the auction of spectrum.

Notably, as India nears the 5G spectrum auction, major telecom players in India, including Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, are strengthening their infrastructure in the country. Telecom companies are testing their 5G networks at various sites in India including Delhi, Mumbai, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Lucknow, Gurugram, Gandhinagar, Chandigarh, Pune and Varanasi.

There will be no delay after 5G spectrum auction in India: Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav first appeared at BGR India.

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