The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has reportedly circulated a cabinet note seeking comments for conducting spectrum auctions, keeping aside 5G airwaves from the offering.

To this end, the DoT has sought comments on licences about to expire in 2021 and new spectrum in those frequency bands.

According to industry sources, 5G was kept off the table as DoT feels that the industry does not have the appetite to bid for the high technology airwaves as it is reeling from the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) issue.