India’s space department to spoil telco 5G plans for 26 GHz mmwave band

India’s Department of Space (DoS) is set to spoil Indian telecom operators’ 5G-related plans to develop certain 5G use cases in the country. According to a report by the Economic Times, the unavailability of spectrum in the 26 Ghz band will increase the overall 5G network deployment costs. It is expected that India’s telecom department will only auction spectrum in the 3.3-3.6 Ghz band or the mid-band for 5G next year. Countries like the US, China, South Korea and Japan are currently using the 26 GHz band for 5G deployment and are pushing the ecosystem around the band. However, the Department of Space (DoS) has rejected a proposal of India’s participation in the AWG global study.

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