Adani Group, the company headed by one of India’s richest men Gautam Adani is bidding in the upcoming 5G spectrum auction in India. As soon as the news broke, the rumors buzzed around that Adani wants to mount a challenge on Jio, the telecom company headed by Mukesh Ambani, another affluent businessman of India. However, the Group has denied its interest in commercial telecom venture.
Earlier, the conglomerate confirmed its entry into the 5G spectrum auction soon to be held in India. This led to speculations that Adani Group was seeking an entry in the commercial telecom market. However, the latest “clarification” will drown the excitement for many.
Adani Group in 5G spectrum auction for private networks, not the consumer market
As per the statement, Adani Group is seeking a 5G spectrum for private network solutions outside the consumer market. Along with that, it says, the company wants to provide “enhanced cyber security in the airport, ports & logistics, power generation, transmission, distribution, and various manufacturing operations.”
The statement released by the spokesman of Adani Group said the 5G spectrum would help it further its commitment to other service sectors. Earlier, the company had announced to bolster its investment in healthcare, education, and skill development. Each sector benefits from 5G networks and improves the digital economy for higher financial yield.
In addition, the company will use the 5G spectrum for its digital platform comprising super apps, and edge data centers. Meanwhile, it is also investing heavily in industry command and control centers. For this, the company says it requires fast data transmission capability through high frequency and low latency combination.
India is auctioning 5G spectrums this later month. Heavyweights Airtel, Jio, and Vodafone Idea are expectedly spending big bucks to get their most vital 5G resources. These major telecom companies have already applied to participate in the auction.
The Indian government is auctioning the spectrum in all the low, mid, and high bands.
For the low band, the government calls for bids for 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, and 2300 MHz frequencies. The mid-band frequency 3300 MHz, and the high band (mmWave) frequency 26 GHz will also be up for bidding.
As per the reports, the Indian government is set to acquire ₹ 4.3 lakh crore from the auction. The auction will sell a total of 72,097.85 MHz spectrum. Likewise, the results of the auction will be released in July.
India has also lowered payment terms for the participants in the auction. Besides, bidders won’t have to pay upfront for the bands. This is to lift the burden of some financially troubled telecom companies.
India is the world’s third telecommunications market. The launch of 5G network is expected to leap forward a digital transformation and help for a better digital economy in the future.
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