The government has released some spectrum of 5 GHz bands from the license. According to official notification, no permit will be required for the spectrum of 5150-5250 MHz, 5250-5350 MHz, 5470-5725 MHz, and 5752-5875 MHz band.
Experts said that this step of the government will encourage Wi-Fi service and 5G services in the country. While the 5 GHz spectrum frequency can be used for short-range communications like for coverage within an apartment or shopping centers.
“The frequency range 5.1-5.3 Gigahertz and 5.7-5.8 Ghz is used for WiFi services all over the world. It is a highly appreciable move from government to de-license these bands. The frequency range between 5.3-5.7 Ghz can be used for 5G services.” –SN Gupta, secretary general, APT foundation of India
Officials said that the Government has started ‘India Net’ project to deliver Wi-Fi service to the villages and under this project the target is to set up 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots in the villages. He further said at the same time, the government is also planning to launch a 5G service field trial soon and freeing the license of these spectrum bands will benefit from increasing the access to Wi-Fi and 5G services.
Interestingly, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha had last month told that a committee has been formed with 5G. He had told that when 5G technology will start in the world in 2020, then India will also stand with them. However, the Government’s goal is to provide 10,000 Mbps in urban areas and 1,000 Mbps in rural areas with the help of 5G technology.
“No license shall be required under indoor and outdoor environment to establish, maintain, work, possess or deal in any wireless equipment for the purpose of low power wireless access systems, including radio local area networks operating in the frequency band 5150-5250 MHz; 5250-5350 MHz; 5470-5725 MHz; and 5725-5875 MHz.” –Notification