Radio spectrum is a scarce national resource, and spectrum policy is key to enable cost effective and quality wireless services. Due to the criticality of 5G networks for India, a supportive spectrum policy is important.
Government of India had put 72,098 MHz spectrum (in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2500 MHz, 3300 MHz, 26 GHz bands) to auction on pan-India basis, of which 51, 236 MHz (71% of the total) has been successfully sold to operators with bid amounting to Rs. 1,50,173 Cr and is ready for commercial roll out. Prominent Bands include 700MHz band (40% sold) with earning of 39,270 Cr, Mid-band/3300MHz band (76% sold) with earning of 80,590 Cr, mmwave/26GHz band (72% sold) with earning of 14,709 Cr.