The telecom department plans to allocate E and V band spectrum, which are necessary to connect mobile towers, through auction instead of fixed fee as suggested by the sector regulator Trai.
An official source told PTI that “The working group on microwave access and microwave backbone at the DoT is largely in favor of allocating E and V band spectrum through auction. The report of the committee will be placed before Telecom Commission in its meeting scheduled for December 21”.
Spectrum in these bands can ease work of telecom operator from laying optical fibre cable. Data through E (71-76 Gigahertz frequency and 81-86 Ghz) and V (57-64 Ghz frequency range) band can be transmitted with speed of around 1,000 mb per second.
Some experts believe that these spectrum can be used for developing ecosystem for 5G services as well; however telecom operators are required to pay huge price for laying OFC to local authorities and frequently maintain it as well.
E-band spectrum should be at Rs 10,000 per annum for per slot of 250 MHz each & there should be initial promotional discount of 50 % for 3 years from the date of allocation of first carrier in this band suggested Trai.
For spectrum in V-band, the regulator has suggested that it should be charged at Rs 1,000 per annum for per slot of 50 MHz each.
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Jatin Bhatia, From ITvoir News Desk