Dialling 5G: The players and the playground

Dialling 5G: The players and the playground


, ET Bureau


Just how much 5G spectrum can the government hope to sell, given higher-than-expected reserve prices, the presence of just two strong bidders, ample spectrum supplies, the prospect of annual auctions and marginal appetite of the Adani Group? ET’s Kalyan Parbat takes a look at how the upcoming 5G spectrum sale may unfold.


India’s first 5G spectrum auction — the telecom sector’s most awaited event — starts on July 26. Top carriers — Reliance Jio,


— will bid for 5G airwaves to roll out next-gen mobile broadband networks capable of 10 times faster data speeds than 4G and a host of industrial/enterprise applications across industry verticals. New entrant, Adani Data Networks, too, will pitch for some 5G airwaves, though, primarily for captive usage.

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