The 5G committee has asked the government to come up with flexible conditions including sufficient quantum and duration of the spectrum, unified license and single-window clearances to conduct the fifth-generation (5G) trials.
“The things should be simpler for experimental license and single window clearance and license for multiple locations should be provided,” a government source told ETT, and added that the panel has also suggested that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) look at awarding non-interfering radio waves for trials.
In February, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has formed a group headed by IIT-Kanpur director professor Abhay Karandikar to make recommendations related to licensing as well as the quantum of airwaves among other aspects for offering experimental spectrum for carrying out 5G pilots.
Earlier this month, the panel has submitted its views which, according to the person privy to the matter, will be taken up in “few weeks” by the Digital Communications Commission (DCC), the highest decision making inter-ministerial committee of the telecom sector.
The Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC), the government’s statutory authority has a category of awarding the experimental license for three months and that too pertains to only radio links and does not encourage full-fledged trials.
The Karandikar-headed group have sought a year as an initial trial duration, and suggested that service providers be allowed to do technology trials by overcoming the existing bottlenecks.
The panel, according to the person aware of the matter, has also recommended the quantum of frequencies, and added that the Narrowband IoT pilots require lesser spectrum, and for 5G New Radio (NR), 100 MHz is needed, while in the mmWave band, as much as 400 Mhz of airwaves have been asked.
On asking whether the expert group has studied or expressed its views on the usage of controversial Chinese Huawei’s 5G gear, the person said that the matter was “beyond the scope of consideration” and no such reference was made.
The panel also dealt with three broad areas for 5G pilots— manufacturing, telecom service and academia.
“For trials in the manufacturing space, multiple licenses for dealers as well as for demonstrations at varied locations are needed that makes the situation rigid,” he added.
Earlier in 2018, the government has asked telecom carriers — Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio and state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) — to partner with telecom gear makers such as Cisco, Samsung, Ericsson and Nokia, and undertake field trials to showcase India-specific 5G use cases.―Gadgets Now