5G spectrum to be assigned

December 13, 2018

The first batch of 4,100 MHz of spectrum that can be used for fifth generation mobile (5G) services will be assigned in April next year at the earliest for deployment by the operators.


The Government today announced its decision after public consultations.


It said the 4,100 MHz of spectrum in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands will be the first batch available for use for the provision of 5G services.


Among them, 3,700 MHz of spectrum will be assigned for the provision of large scale public mobile services across the city. 


Applications for assignment of the spectrum will be invited before the end of this year.


The remaining 400 MHz of spectrum will be set aside for the provision of localised innovative 5G services to specific groups of users, and applications for assignment will be invited in the second quarter of 2019.


It was also announced today that a total of 380 MHz of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band, 3.3 GHz band and 4.9 GHz band would be auctioned by batches in mid-2019.


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