New Delhi : The countdown to the launch of the 5G service to provide high-speed internet service in the country has started. The Department of Telecommunications (DOT) has issued allotment letters of 5G spectrum to telecom service providers (TSPs).
Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Thursday asked the private sector telecom service providers to expedite the preparations for the launch of 5G service. He said this after issuing spectrum allotment letters to these companies. In fact, for the first time, DoT has issued spectrum allotment letters on the same day that successful bidders have made their advance payments.
Dot received approximately Rs 17,876 crore from private sector telecom service providers Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Adani Data Networks, and Vodafone Idea, all of which participated in the 5G spectrum auction.All other telecom operators have opted to pay in 20 annual instalments, while Bharti Airtel has paid Rs 8,312.4 crore, equivalent to 4 annual instalments.
According to the Department of Telecommunications, 5G service will be started in 13 cities first in the country. These cities include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Gurugram, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, and Jamnagar, Pune, and Lucknow. Before this, all the trials regarding 5G have been completely successful.