"Communications holds a key to any field of social-economic activity. Technology-enabled tools are virtually enabling the pace of communications," Modi said.
"All telecom service providers are directed to share spectrum in the frequency bands 3.4GHz-3,6GHz as well as 26-28GHz during the event," DoT in a notification order said.
Funded by the telecom department, the 5G testbed set up at IIT Chennai is aimed to encourage industry to take an early lead in network deployments with India-specific use cases that could also transform into commercial rollouts.
The controversy surrounding the Chinese telecom giant was triggered by the US stance that Huawei should be barred from 5G network rollouts due to concerns on alleged cyber snooping.
COAI director general Mathews says funds for the sector from local banks have ‘more or less dried up’.
The company also feels that the Indian government should allow affordable next-generation airwaves to the Indian operators.
Telcos currently don’t charge subscribers for porting but charge them for the SMS they send to generate a porting code.
BSNL Chairman Pravin Kumar Purwar says the cash strapped company is monetising land assets to improve revenue while cutting operational costs in the absence of any financial support from the government.
The cash-strapped company is waiting for the govt to approve its much-awaited voluntary retirement scheme.
In August, the regulator issued a consultation paper aimed at reviewing scope of infrastructure providers, or IP-I entities, which provide towers on rent or sale to telcos, and other assets such as dark fibre and duct space.
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