Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan on Monday said procedures for the auction of the 5G spectrum are likely to be completed by August 2019.
Amid the global drive on 5G deployment, India has taken a large strive to expand into a high-speed network.
Ms. Sundararajan also said that the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) is working on the recommendations of both the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the 5G task force set up by the government.
“Everybody has already said that since the ecosystem is not ready, it will be (ready) somewhere only after July-August next year,” she told reporters on the sidelines of a seminar on the National Digital Communications Policy. “We expect that we would have completed all the due procedures by then so that you have the spectrum auction.”
The government expects to roll out 5G connectivity in the country in 2020. However, segments of the industry have raised concerns over the feasibility of the target as the sector is going through financial stress. Speaking at the seminar, the DoT Secretary reiterated that 5G connectivity would have an economic impact of over $1 trillion.
5G is expected to reach more than 40 percent global population coverage and 1.5 billion subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband by the end of 2024. This will make 5G the fastest generation of cellular technology to be rolled out on a global scale, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report.