5G Spectrum Auction: Four companies, including Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel, took part in the bid for the 72 GHz of radiowaves that are up for grabs in the 5G spectrum auction, which will start on July 26.  During the 5G spectrum auction, the government will put up over 72,000Mhz (72GHz) airwaves for auction, with the reserve price being a whopping Rs 4.3 lakh.

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  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has started pilot testing of 5G network in select areas.The four areas chosen by the telecom body are Delhi airport, Bengaluru Metro, Bhopal and Kandla port.
  • As per the report, the pilot test were done across 11 locations in Bhopal, using traffic signal, street lights, road signage and city bus shelters.
  • The auction will be held for radiowaves in various low-frequency bands (600 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz), mid (3300 megahertz) and high-frequency bands (26GHz).
  • Reliance Jio deposited 140 billion rupees, considerably higher than Bharti Airtel’s 55 billion rupees and Vodafone Idea’s 22 billion rupees, according to data provided by the government.
  • A total of 72 gigahertz of 5G spectrum will be up for bidding, for which winning stakes will retain the rights for 20 years.
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