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Jan 19, 2020, 10.17 AM IST

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Telcos file 5G trial applications

Both Vodafone Idea and Airtel have submitted their applications with Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and ZTE, while Reliance Jio has submitted an application for trial with Korea’s Samsung, which is also the sole gear vendor for its pan-India 4G network. State-run telco BSNL, on the other hand, has submitted the application with ZTE only for trials.

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    The Supreme Court has rejected Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airteland Tata Teleservices plea to review its October 24 verdict widening the definiti...

    “There is a lot of documentation and details required to be submitted to DoT, which is not possible by January 10,” said a senior executive, who did not wish to be identified. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) will write to DoT this week, said the executive.

    Vodafone Idea needs to pay over Rs 53,000 crore in license fee, spectrum usage charge (SUC), interest and penalties – dues linked to its AGR - by January 23, as per a Supreme Court order.

    "We have taken a decision to give 5G spectrum for trials to all players," Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. An in-principle decision has been taken in this regard, Prasad said at an event here. "5G is future, it is speed. We will encourage new innovation in 5G," he added. Sources said all operators and vendors, including Huawei, will be included in trials.

    Technology trends in the coming decade will be dictated not by Internet of Things (IoT) but by Intelligence of Things, which means that artificial intelligence will underscore every facet of commerce and culture.

    Vendors argue it’s too late for trials, telcos say India specific use cases are necessary. 5G tials in India were first scheduled for January 2019 but were delayed on modalities such as pricing and tenure. While the US, South Korea and China, among other major countries, are ahead on testing, India has its own set of challenges to address.

    Indian consumers can expect to start buying the first set of 5G phones as early as in the first half of 2020, with some devices likely to be available in the first quarter, albeit at the higher end. However, the government prepares to auction 5G spectrum only in the April-June quarter.

    The US has been pressuring its allies and friendly countries, including India, to bar Huawei from 5G deployments, flagging security concerns and citing the company’s alleged proximity to the Chinese government. China has on its part warned India of economic consequences if Huawei was excluded from 5G development and deployments.

    This is the first time that India, caught in a diplomatic and economic tussle between the US and China, has taken an official stance permittng the Chiniese firms. It boosts the Chinese company’s hopes of playing a part in the deployment of the next generation technology in India despite US objections. Huawei is said to be at least a year ahead of its rivals in 5G technology development.

    As of November 2019, Samsung accounted for 53.9 per cent of the global 5G smartphone market and led the industry in offering consumers five Galaxy 5G devices globally, including the Galaxy S10 5G, Note10 5G and Note10+ 5G, as well as the recently launched Galaxy A90 5G along Galaxy Fold 5G.

    The meeting on Tuesday, chaired by Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash, lasted for over an hour. An official with one of the telcos said that all operators attended the meeting. A Huawei executive declined to comment on the proceedings. Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said the government will allocate airwaves to all telecom service providers.

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