MUMBAI: Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) is 5G ready but a lot still depends on the viability of used cases , devices , ecosystem and the spectrum.

Anshuman Thakur , strategy head for Jio, said that the telecom company is ready for 5G and has the network and backhaul in place. The only investments would now be in spectrum and electronic.

He said a lot would depend on the viability of used cases , development of ecosystem around the used cases and mentioned that the final spectrum pricing is yet to come in.

Pricing of the spectrum for 5G has been a contentious issue with private players and even Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have raised the issue .

The sector regulator has suggested a base price for 5G airwaves at Rs492 per MHz and proposed a sale of a minimum 20 MHz blocks, which would mean a telco spending close to Rs10,000 crore for 20 MHz, and Rs50,000 crore for 100 MHz.

The regulator has not backed down from reducing its prices and the telecom department will now take the final call. According to sector experts , the department is unlikely to make any changes and will go with what regulator has said .

The government plans to hold the largest spectrum auction later this year, where some 8,293.95 MHz of airwaves at an estimated total base price of Rs 5.86 lakh crore.


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