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DCC may decide on 5G spectrum auction, mobile network in Naxal-hit areas

The Digital Communication Commission (DCC) is likely to discuss regulator Trai s recommendation on the next round of spectrum auction, which includes radio waves for 5G services, in its meeting on Thursday, according to sources. The telecom regulator has recommended the auction of about 8,644 MHz of frequencies across eight signal bands, including in 700 Mhz, 800 Mhz, 3.3-3.4 gigahertz (Ghz), 3.4-3.6 Ghz etc, at an estimated base price of Rs 4.9 lakh crore. The radio waves include frequencies for 5G services. The frequencies in higher bands like 3.5 Ghz are considered suitable for rolling out the next generation services. Trai has recommended a pan-India base price of Rs 492 crore per megahertz for 5G radiowaves in 3.5 GHz band. The commission may also discuss modalities proposed for 5G trials so that companies can discover and demonstrate used cases for the next generation services in India, an official said. Industry body COAI has exhorted the telecom department to recognise the ...

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