The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is reportedly working on identifying additional spectrum to address telco’s demand for a larger chunk of airwaves to rollout 5G services.
According to industry sources, DoT has allocated the 3300 MHz to 3600 MHz band for 5G services. However, worldwide, the allocation of bands for 5G services is from 3300 MHz to 4200 MHz. Thus, the department is looking for an additional 150 MHz.
Earlier, telcos had urged the DoT to ensure optimum availability of spectrum in the 3300-3600 MHz mid-band earmarked for 5G services. To this end, the operators have also raised concerns about the availability of just 175 MHz spectrum for all service providers and said that it is grossly inadequate and would impact the rollout of 5G services in India.