Workshop on 5G Spectrum Roadmap: Transforming the Digital Landscape in India, November 20, 2017, Shangri-la Eros Hotel, New Delhi


The telecom sector in India is undergoing a technology and policy flux. Even before the 4G deployments have spread widely and operators had a chance to recoup even a fraction of their investments in 4G spectrum and networks, DoT and TRAI are considering the policy and regulatory issues regarding 5G. The latter is in line with global developments where several operators and equipment makers are undertaking trials for 5G deployments. Several international and national regulatory agencies have identified the initial draft of roadmap for spectrum for 5G, as it promises ultra-reliable, very fast speed and high bandwidth mobile connectivity and support for massive interconnected devices. This makes this technology very supportive of domain specific applications.

Fragmented and lower amounts of spectrum with Indian operators, issues with Spectrum auctions, poor backhaul infrastructure, pressure points regarding IUC, bundling voice and data tariffs and increasing smartphone adoptions that impacts the financial health of the sector are the major aspects that need to be reviewed before 5G roadmap is envisaged as 5G envisages tremendous growth in data usage in the access spectrum. This points out to the need for policy changes in the light of shrinking time frames for introduction of new generations of technology, 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G.

For 5G to take off, policy makers and TRAI would have to recognize that without allocation of large chunks of spectrum in the identified new bands, delicensing new bands, developing new models of spectrum allocation and assignment, and licensing, designing suitable auction methodology, identifying appropriate ecosystem, developing and deploying backhaul infrastructure and ensuring appropriate developments in application domains where large scale deployments of sensors can happen. This would have to be done in a time bound manner in a systematic way, keeping both the national imperatives and the harmonization of spectrum, developments in technology and the perspectives of citizens and operators in mind.


Objectives of the Workshop

This workshop aims to develop a roadmap for 5G in India. The issues specific to India in a global context would need to be addressed for a smooth deployment of 5G. These would be further deliberated upon in the Workshop.

The workshop is designed for senior policy makers from DoT, TRAI, MEITY, and User Industries, Academics, Legal professionals, and Senior Executives from the Private Sector.

Subsequent to the workshop, a report would be circulated to all participants that would capture the deliberations. This report would be submitted to DoT for their review.


Workshop Schedule

Date: November 20, 2017
Time: 11.00 to 16.00 Hrs
Venue: ‘Ganga Hall’, Shangri-la Eros Hotel, New Delhi

Time Program
11.00-11.30 Setting the Agenda
11.30-12.30 Spectrum Roadmap: Spectrum Bands?

a) WPC Perspective
b) Operators Perspective
c) TRAI Perspective
d) Academia Perspective


Spectrum Licensing Instruments: Exclusive, Shared and Common?

a) TRAI Perspective
b) Management and Policy Issues
c) DoT Perspective - Licensing

13.30-14.15 Lunch

Role of Indian Standards for 5G

a) User Departments/Ministries: Identifying the Requirements
c) Start-ups and Standards Process

15.15-16.00 Review and Recommendations


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