The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) is likely to clear applications for 5G trials submitted by telecom companies (telcos) in two weeks. This comes on the heels of the Parliamentary Committee on IT questioning the DoT regarding delays in starting trials to deploy 5G technology in India.
As per news by The Economic Times the applications submitted by Bharti Airtel, Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL), Reliance Jio and Vodafone Idea (Vi) are likely to be cleared in the coming two weeks. A source told the paper the DoT secretary’s office and other officials are “directly involved in the discussion with telcos.”
There have been no responses to the queries by Airtel, BSNL, Jio and Vi as per the report. The Parliamentary Panel in February told that the 5G trials will begin after a span of 2-3 months.
It further noted: “The government has allowed all applications for 5G trials in a limited area and for a limited time to test potential 5G India specific use cases,” and questioned the delay when DoT has “categorically stated that there are no major issues confronting trials in the country.”
The Panel also asked for reasons for the delay given that TSPs had submitted their applications in January 2020, and added that trials are an essential prerequisite for building 5G ecosystem, and the DoT needs to take the issue of early conduct of 5G trials “more seriously.” It added, “Any further delay will only have an adverse impact on building India’s 5G ecosystem and launching of 5G services.” There had been 16 applicants for the he 5G field trials in January 2020.