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India’s INR6 lakh crore spectrum-auction plan: Repeat after us — the 5G horse must be reined in now

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India’s INR6 lakh crore spectrum-auction plan: Repeat after us — the 5G horse must be reined in now

  • Notwithstanding pressure on the government to reassess spectrum pricing, the next auction is tagged as one of the biggest ever in terms of the quantum of spectrum to be put on the block and the expected revenue.
  • But the cash-strapped telecom sector isn’t sharing in the enthusiasm.
  • ET Prime has consistently said this: The government must not rush telcos into 5G. Let them strengthen their 4G game first.
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Amid speculation that India’s mega spectrum auction may be delayed, it continues to generate immense anticipation and anxiety. The reason? The government is estimated to have eyed gigantic proceeds from this round — nearly INR6 lakh crore — though even this number could be passing through a reality check. Given the precarious financial condition of telcos, are they ready
strong need for the regulator to focus on vital prerequisites like phasing out 3G and re-farming 3G spectrum for 4G, and also a phased approach to move 2G subscribers to 4G. Unless the regulator seriously revisits its earlier recommendations and comes up with a realistic plan, there is a high chance that the auction will be a damp squib.
Amid speculation that India’s mega spectrum auction may be delayed, it continues to generate immense anticipation and anxiety. The reason? The government is estimated to have eyed gigantic proceeds from this round — nearly INR6 lakh crore — though even this number could be passing through a reality check. Given the precarious financial condition of telcos, are they ready strong need for the regulator to focus on vital prerequisites like phasing out 3G and re-farming 3G spectrum for 4G, and also a phased approach to move 2G subscribers to 4G. Unless the regulator seriously revisits its earlier recommendations and comes up with a realistic plan, there is a high chance that the auction will be a damp squib.

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