India set to postpone 5G auctions due to ongoing deadly wave of Covid

India has reportedly pushed the upcoming 5G spectrum auctions to the first quarter of 2022 calendar year with the country’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) focusing on ensuring seamless connectivity amid the ongoing deadly wave of Covid19. The DoT is likely to postpone “critical” decisions on spectrum availability and pricing for the 5G technology. Another official told the publication that 5G trials will go on for at least six months and the government may also extend the timeframe to discover new use cases. Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel will do 5G trials with Ericsson and Nokia in different circles. Private telecom operators had previously raised concerns over inadequate availability of 5G spectrum for the commercial launch.

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