5G Spectrum Auction After the completion of the process, Reliance Jio has bought spectrum of the highest value. Akash Ambani, the new chairman of Reliance Jio, after the completion of the spectrum auction process, has hinted that the company can start 5G service in the country by August 15. Jio, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea have been testing 5G for several months. After the spectrum auction, all the three telecom companies are now eyeing to start 5G service.
Jio bought maximum spectrum
Reliance Jio has spent the highest amount of Rs 88,078 crore after the completion of the 5G spectrum auction process. The company has bought 700MHz Airweb in this auction, which has not been bought by any other telecom company and Adani Group.
At present 5G network is not present in India. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has allotted some spectrum for trial to telecom companies Jio, Airtel and Vodafone-Idea. Even after the auction of spectrum, there are many such challenges, without which 5G service cannot be started.
Many challenges in introducing 5G
Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said last week that 5G service can be rolled out in India by October. However, before starting this next generation telecom service, telecom companies will have to focus on many things. First of all, telecom companies will have to allot 5G enabled SIM card users. After this, procedures like network upgrade will also have to be completed.
Telecom companies have been claiming 5G ready network since last year. At the beginning of last year, Airtel first did 5G testing, in which the company said that Airtel’s network is 5G ready. The company is able to start 5G service immediately after the network allocation process is done. However, after the completion of the auction of 5G spectrum, it remains to be seen how long the telecom companies will roll out 5G service commercially.
Current Airwaves of 5G
Reliance Jio has bought a total of 24,740 MHz (700 MHz, 800 MHz, 1800 MHz, 3300 MHz and 26 GHz) airwaves in the auction to roll out 5G service. At the same time, Bharti Airtel Infocomm Limited has bought a total of 19,867 MHz (900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 3300 MHz and 26 GHz) airwaves. Whereas, Vodafone-Idea Limited has bought a total of 6,228 MHz (1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2500 MHz, 3300 MHz and 26 GHz) and Adani Data Network Limited has bought a total of 400 MHz (26 GHz).