India has been preparing for a long time to deploy the 5G wave in India. The BJP led government stated that India won’t miss any 5G bus like India has witnessed the delaying of 2G, 3G, and 4G buses. The main reason behind this is preparing, unavailability of a sufficient spectrum around India. As per an industry executive, DoT has to form a relevant study group and revise the NFAP 2018 to include more spectrum bands as a part of the 5G road map.
Earlier the defense ministry and department of space have demand premium spectrum for their work. In such a scenario, the quantum of 5G airwaves for telcos will be uncertain. Though Government says that the Quantum spectrum is uncertain.
Also, the industry executive is saying that that quantum of spectrum availability, especially in the 3300-3600 MHz also remains uncertain. As the Indian Telecom industry is under financial distress, the Government is planning a host an auction which will be costing 3lakhs crores approximately.
Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) in a letter dated May 12, 2020, has asked the department to start a process by creating a committee along with the industry representatives and review the National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) 2018 for the commencement of new bands.
Telecom Industry is in need of better bands to use it in the best way for 5G. However, if the decision regarding the new bands will be pushed to a future date, the rollout of 5G might take a hit. Since various other departments are already asking for a premium spectrum, the delay in new bands will be beneficial for other sectors. It is also expected that the Department of Space (DoS) might take a claim on the premium spectrum for their use. India miss 5G bus in this case.