5G spectrum auction in India will not be delayed: Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

On Monday, Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Minister of Communications said that 5G spectrum auctions in India would not be delayed. This statement is made at a moment when the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI), which submitted its recommendations regarding spectrum pricing and other nuances, has had delays.

Vaishnaw responded to a query about whether Indian telecom auctions will take place according to the scheduled. Vaishnaw spoke to media at the second national conference cybercrime investigations and digital forensics.

According to previous reports, TRAI had been expected to present its 5G connectivity recommendations in India toward the end of March. The Telecom Ministry would then review these recommendations and conduct the 5G spectrum auction in India in May.

On March 29, a senior TRAI representative told PTI that 5G spectrum pricing recommendations and other modalities would be made in the next seven to ten working days. This indicates a small delay. Concerns were raised about whether a delay by TRAI in recommending 5G spectrum pricing and other modalities would lead to a delay for the auction of that spectrum. The telecom minister denied the allegations, stating that spectrum auctions would continue as normal.

Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel, along with Vodafone Idea, are strengthening their infrastructure as India approaches the auction for 5G spectrum. India’s telecom companies are testing 5G networks at various locations, including Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad as well as Chennai, Kolkata, Jamnagar and Ahmedabad.