According to Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the government should facilitate creation of indigenous IPR around 5G by developing local use cases in collaboration with start-ups and businesses.

The industry body is of the view that the government should use the intermediate time between now and when it sells the 5G spectrum to carry out the groundwork for 5G. this work can be related to the development of India-specific solutions around the network and usage.

The government is considering holding spectrum auctions for 4G during the latter part of 2020. However, the sale of 5G spectrum is expected to get delayed to next year in view of the difficult financial condition of some incumbent telcos.