20 companies have applied for the direct allocation of 5G spectrum from India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
Earlier this year when organising its 5G auction, the DoT decided not to commit to a local spectrum licencing approach. Instead, it said it would study the demand for these types of licences.
Now, local Indian press reports that several companies have applied for spectrum access. Infosys, Capgemini, GMR, Larsen & Toubro, Tata Communications and Tata Power are among the applicants. The DoT says submitting applications at this stage does not guarantee that spectrum will be assigned and has reiterated that it is still assessing demand.
Mobile operators in the country have opposed the regulators’ decision to allow direct spectrum assignments.