Budget 2022-23: Spectrum auctions to be conducted in 2022 to roll out 5G services: FM Sitharaman

“Our vision is that all villages and their residents should have the same access to E services, communication facilities and digital resources as urban areas and their residence”, says FM

In 2020, smartphone brands began the movement of proposing 5G devices to offer users future-ready phones and to dominate the highly competitive Indian smartphone market. However, the real uncertainty was where is 5G, and when will India get it? How long will it take?. However, clearing the board and making a step forward Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman announced that 5G spectrum auctions will be carried out in calendar year 2022 and hence enabling launch of services within FY22-23.

Announcing the plan in Parliament during the Budget, Finance Minister said, “To Enable affordable broadband and mobile service proliferation in rural and remote areas, 5% of annual collections under the universal service obligation fund will be allocated. This will provide and this will promote R&D and commercialization of technology and solutions. Our vision is that all villages and their residents should have the same access to E services, communication facilities and digital resources as urban areas and their residence”.

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Further, clearing the picture for the development of project FM said, “Private industry will be encouraged in collaboration with DRDO and other bodies”.

Earlier, last month, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) announced that 13 cities in India would get 5G services this year. These comprise Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Gurugram, Chandigarh, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, Jamnagar, Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow and Gandhinagar. The 5G trials were initially performed at these places, which is why people who are in these places will be experiencing 5G first.