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Why a delayed 5G foray is the opportunity India needs for seamless migration to next-gen networks

India will evolve to 5G networks, but the time is not now. A delayed launch because of the pandemic will help plan a smooth migration to 5G. Crucially, it can help telcos plan a phased exit from 2G and 3G networks and build 5G use cases. The country is not the market for robotic surgery and autonomous cars.
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There is an opportunity in every crisis. 5G spectrum auction in India is unlikely before 2021 given the rampage of Covid-19 and the financial woes of incumbent telcos Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea. But a delayed launch of 5G networks is an opportunity for the government, the regulator, and telcos to build an ecosystem for seamless
increase rural teledensity, which stands at 58% compared to 139% in urban areas as of February 2020. With 5G commercial networks still a couple of years away in India (considering the 5G spectrum auction will take place sometime after mid-2021), there is a big window of opportunity open for all the stakeholders. They must make the most of it.
There is an opportunity in every crisis. 5G spectrum auction in India is unlikely before 2021 given the rampage of Covid-19 and the financial woes of incumbent telcos Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea. But a delayed launch of 5G networks is an opportunity for the government, the regulator, and telcos to build an ecosystem for seamless increase rural teledensity, which stands at 58% compared to 139% in urban areas as of February 2020. With 5G commercial networks still a couple of years away in India (considering the 5G spectrum auction will take place sometime after mid-2021), there is a big window of opportunity open for all the stakeholders. They must make the most of it.

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