India starts auctions for 5G mobile communications spectrum

The Indian government has made it possible for 5G mobile communications spectrum auctions

The Indian government has made it possible for 5G mobile communications spectrum auctions to be held for both internal networks used by businesses and for public telecommunications services. 

The Indian cabinet decided to allow corporations to directly purchase spectrum from the government and establish captive “non-public” connections and reopen the 5G spectrum auctions.

“This will spur a new wave of innovations in Industry 4.0 applications such as machine to machine communications, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) across automotive, healthcare, agriculture, energy, and other sectors,”

the government said in a statement.

The opening up of access to non-telcos is generally regarded as a positive advancement that may drive innovation and hasten the creation of new use case scenarios that could increase the possible impact of 5G on the Indian economy.

For manufacturers of telecommunications equipment like Nokia, Ericsson, and Samsung, that have already carried out 5G technology testing in the nation, the announcement is seen as a major potential. In contrast to the mass consumption market, in which Chinese players like Huawei and ZTE have a dominant presence, Kawoosa thinks enterprise 5G would be less price sensitive.

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