Trial applications submitted by Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) for 5G spectrum are likely to be cleared in the approaching two weeks with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
DoT officers had earlier this week held conferences with the telcos to talk about the 5G trials roadmap. An individual aware of the matter informed ET “The DoT secretary’s office is directly involved in the discussion along with other officials. They are driving discussions with telcos on approvals for 5G trials.”
However, Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and BSNL had initially submitted their respective 5G trial applications in January 2020. These applications had been adopted by “priority vendor” applications by all telcos in September that 12 months, when all 4 telcos named European and US gear makers as most popular companions for 5G trials.
Further, both Jio and Airtel have already claimed their end-to-end readiness to launch industrial 5G companies in the nation shortly after the provision of “adequate” spectrum.