When will 5G be available in India?

India’s 5G spectrum auction has a new timeline, April-May 2022, and the country has a new feather in its hat: 5Gi has become India’s first ever contribution to the world standard for mobile radio interface technologies. As telcos and citizens prep for 5G in their own ways, Computerworld India looks at the progress the country is making towards 5G.

5G in India

The 5G spectrum auction is likely to take place by April-May 2022, union minister for railways, communications and electronics, and information technology Ashiwini Vaishnaw announced during the Times Now Summit 2021. The final date will be announced after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) files a report with its recommendations, likely by mid-February. Vaishnaw also hinted that the telecom sector will witness certain reforms in its regulatory structure in the coming years.

Telcos had reportedly requested the 5G spectrum auction be delayed until May 2022 because the industry wasn’t ready.

It’s not long since the Indian government auctioned off new radio spectrum allocations for existing technologies to Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea, in March 2021.

Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw also said an entire “made in India” stack of 5G hardware and software is around 70-75% ready, and he expects that by February 2022, the 5G stack will be ready in its entirety.

Here’s everything you need to know about 5G in India: what it is, how Indian network operators are preparing for 5G, when the government holds spectrum auctions, and finally when 5G services will effectively roll out in India.

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