India said it would reserve part of its next-generation telecoms spectrum for private in-house networks, as the Indian government said a 5G auction would take place by the end of July 2022.
Until now, India’s telecoms services have been run by specialist companies in a market dominated by Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone Idea, and Reliance Industries Ltd’s Jio, which are all part of the telecom group Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).
All three telecom companies aim to begin the rollout of 5G—which it says can provide data speeds about ten times faster than 4G and is considered critical for emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and self-driving cars—by spring 2023.
The government of India approved a recommendation from its telecom watchdog body to set a base price of 3.17 billion Indian rupees ($40.6 million) for prime 5G spectrum, an amount previously described as too high by telecom lobby group COAI.
The Indian government also said in a statement that auction winners would be able to pay in 20 equal installments.
Private 5G networks mirror public 5G. Still, connectivity is limited to a dedicated space such as a factory, a port, or a campus, where 5G’s security and ultra-low latency can be completely used in additional services.
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