02 March, 2021

COVIDED! Bear With The Buffering, 5G Technology Will Arrive Late

Usage of the cutting edge 5G services will become mandatory when work-from-home becomes a rule than an exception in post-COVID times

COVIDED! Bear With The Buffering, 5G Technology Will Arrive Late

There is bad news for those who wince at the ‘buffering’ status of videos on their smartphones, cursing the low speed of their connections, who keep a sharp eye out over the brewing 5G contest between China and the West, with a well-thumbed copy of Wired by their side. India, it seems, will delay its auction of 5G spectrum by four-eight months. Scheduled to be held in April 2020, it is likely to be pushed ahead to August-December this year. However, the delay will not impact the government’s estimated revenues in this fiscal year, as long as the auction is held before March 31, 2021. In Budget 2020-21, the finance ministry estimated a revenue increase of 125 per cent from telecom licence fees and spectrum usage compared to the previous year. The launch of 5G services may also remain on track.

For telecom operators, though, the postponement is a huge, albeit a short-term, relief for three reasons. One, the profitability of several players like Vodafone and Airtel was impacted due to lower tariffs dictated by the entry of an aggressive and cash-rich...

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