On Thursday, April 21, telecom operator Bharti Airtel urged the government to keep the spectrum fees low on the 5G network. It stated that launching a next-gen network is more beneficial than the collection of revenue.
Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, Sunil Bharti Mittal said at a conclave that “5G is important and that’s why we keep on requesting the government to make the 5G as an enabler for hundreds of things that we develop in the country, to keep the spectrum at affordable pricing, to not load the industry too much.”
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended a 39% reduction in spectrum fees including the 5G network.
Mittal further stated to focus on the rollout of the network instead of acquiring the spectrum. “I will say the multiplier impact that a faster, high-speed, low-latency network can have for a country is many times more than what can be achieved by picking up some money upfront,” said the chairman.
Recently TRAI reported the number of fixed-line service providers for February 2022, in which Bharti Airtel had recorded 57.66 lakh subscribers.