In a letter dated August 10 to Division of Telecom Secratory Apurva Chandra, the Mobile Operators Affiliation of India — whose members embrace Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, and so on — has requested the Division of Telecom to incorporate the 6 gigahertz spectrum within the public sale and assist its allocation for cell telecommunication on the world degree.
COAI stated that the 6 GHz band is the one further contiguous spectrum obtainable in mid-band for IMT (Worldwide Cell Telecommunications), past what has already been put up in public sale.
“Therefore, it will be significant for future development of 5G and past applied sciences, together with the roadmap for 6G introduction in India. This spectrum can be essential as India companies up an motion plan for Bharat 6G. Delicensing this vital chunk of spectrum will critically hamper the deployment of 5G+ and 6G In India,” COAI Director Basic SP Kochhar stated within the letter.
The business physique has cautioned the division that heeding the demand of Wifi service suppliers to make the 6 GHz band freely obtainable will result in income loss to the federal government.
“We perceive that some business physique(ies) have approached your good workplace, demanding that this band be delicensed for selling Wifi companies within the nation. We imagine that this spectrum may be utilised way more effectively for the advantage of the nation and our residents by augmenting 5G companies in India,” Kochhar stated.
The DoT had delicensed or made the 600 megahertz of spectrum freely obtainable within the 5 GHz band in 2018.
COAI stated that delicensed 255 MHz within the 600 Mhz spectrum is totally unutilised within the absence of gadget ecosystem assist.
“We imagine that not utilizing the obtainable spectrum optimally and demanding extra spectrum on high of that might result in waste of such a scarce obtainable worthwhile useful resource,” Kochhar stated.
In response to the business physique’s letter, the highest velocity of Wifi will stay the identical in 5 GHz and 6 GHz bands at 9.6 gigabits per second, which is not going to result in any actual worth addition for end-consumers.
The COAI DG stated that any delicensing of 6 GHz or half thereof will scale back the spectrum for 5G and thereby restrict the expansion of 5G and 6G, which might be the principle drivers of broadband within the nation.
“For example, the latest mid-band (C band) spectrum auctions of 2022 in India have derived a sale worth of Rs 317 crore per MHz. This clearly signifies the massive potential implication of the choice on licensing or de-licensing the 1200 MHz spectrum (of 6 GHz band) to the federal government exchequer,” Kocchar stated.
COAI has requested the DoT and Wi-fi Planning and Coordination Wing (WPC) to proceed supporting the higher a part of the 6 GHz band, which is a frequency vary between 6425-7125 MHz for cell telecommunications within the Asia Pacific Telecommunity Convention Preparatory Group for World Radiocommunication Convention 2023.
The convention is organised by a UN physique Worldwide Telecommunications Union to determine on spectrum use in varied bands.
The sixth assembly of the APG began on Monday and can proceed until August 19.
“DoT to kindly take additional resolution on inclusion of the decrease a part of the band, i.e. 5925-6425 MHz in IMT. The above resolution will go a good distance in creating certainty round essential spectrum required for 5G/IMT applied sciences and can clear the trail for public sale of this spectrum,” Kochhar stated.