BSNL is looking for spectrum worth Rs 61,000 crore in premium frequency 700Mhz, main 5G band

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NEW DELHI: State-run BSNL has urged the government to allocate it spectrum worth Rs 61,000 crore in the premium 700Mhz frequency range as well as the mid-frequency band for 4G services and 5G, according to sources.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had proposed to reserve for BSNL 10 megahertz of paired spectrum — that is, the same quantum of radio waves for uplink and downlink — in the 600 MHz band; 40 Mhz in the 3600-3670 Mhz band; and 400 Mhz in 24 Ghz band. He had sought the opinion of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on the same subject.
However, BSNL in a letter to the DoT about a week ago requested the allocation of 10 Mhz of spectrum in the 700 Mhz band due to the lack of a device ecosystem in the 600 Mhz frequency range.
Based on Trai’s recommended base price, the value of spectrum sought by BSNL in the 700 Mhz band amounts to around Rs 39,000 crore.
It also sought 70 Mhz of spectrum in the 3,300-3,670 Mhz band (the mid-band) worth Rs 22,190 crore, against the 40 Mhz offered by the DoT, as per the letter.
This mid-band is expected to play a key role in rolling out 5G services in the country.
The 700 Mhz band is considered premium because it offers wide coverage of mobile signals and the fewest telecommunications towers are needed to set up a network in this band compared to other frequencies currently allocated to the sector.
If the government sets aside 70Mhz of spectrum in the midband, a total of 300Mhz of spectrum will be left for players to bid on at the next auction.
According to a government official, private telecom players should buy 100Mhz of spectrum in the midband, which can help them with high-speed 5G services, and it will be enough for them even if the government has allocated 70Mhz of spectrum for them. at BSNL.
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