As negotiations for India 5G “timely” release resurfaced after a year known as Covid delayed spectrum auction, it is hoped that fifth-generation technology could become a reality in the second half of the year, even though various reports suggest its mass acquisition is years ahead.
The government is not selling the traditional 5G spectrum at the upcoming auction to be held in March, but the change in the invitation invitation has raised hopes that companies will be able to introduce 5G even in existing bands.
The amendment reduced the notice period required by telecommunications companies to provide technology development and development from one year to six months.
The big telecom Bharti Airtel on January 28 successfully showcased 5G live service on the basis of commercial network use in the city of Hyderabad over its already free 1800 MHz band through NSA (non-standalone) band technology – that is, back to the 4G network.
Reliance Industries (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani last month said Reliance Jio would pioneer India’s “5G Revolution” in the second half of 2021.
“We have to see what happens in the next half half of this year,” Neil Shah, Vice President of Research at Centpoint Research, an international industry analyst, told IANS.
“The ecosystem is ready for the 4G or 3G era as we see the average price (ASP) of 5G devices already hitting $ 150 or Rs 10,000 in markets like China from players like Realme, Xiaomi and others in just 12 months – 18 for 5G releases, “he said.
The first quarter of 2020 saw the launch of the first smartphone for 5G in India.
By the end of Q3 2020, exports of 5G handsets to India stood at 1.7 million, a number expected to exceed four million by the end of 2020, according to Counterpoint.
“So there is a way to use technologies like Dynamic spectrum (DSS) to use 4G 5G spectrum but we expect the government to auction the 3.5GHz mid band spectrum this year,” Shah said.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has already recommended the installation of a spectrum on 3,300-3,600 MHz bands.
However, several reports have suggested that mass adoption of 5G would not be quick.
According to the GSMA Intelligence forecast, published in October 2020, 5G connections in India will reach six percent of the population by 2025 -7.2 crore – and 93 percent by 2040.
Swedish gear maker Nokia in a November 2020 report said the 5G subscription in India will exceed 350 million, accounting for 27 percent of all mobile subscriptions by 2026.
While worldwide, more than one million people are estimated to have access to 5G by the end of 2020, according to the “Ericsson Mobility Report.”
According to the Ookla 5G Map, the number of countries with 5G shares increased by 62.3 percent between Q3 2019 and Q3 2020, with 99 countries being introduced to 5G by the end of the third quarter of 2020.
Nokia, however, said it was ready for 5G and ready to help Indian operators unleash the technology once the screen was discovered.
“Today, Ericsson is working with all leading telecommunications service providers in the country, partnering with them to connect to India. Our Radio System hardware has been ready for 5G since 2015, enabling operators to upgrade to 5G by simply installing remote software. it starts, “Nokia India Head Nitin Bansal told IANS.
“In addition, the communications equipment provided by Nokia to Indian service providers is made in India and we also ship 5G radios to other markets from our facility in Pune,” he said.
While security is a major concern for the release of 5G, the participation of vendors such as Huawei and ZTE in building India’s 5G infrastructure could also play a role in the rapid adoption of technology in the country.