This move comes at the time when telecom companies are seeking relief by way of an extended spectrum payment period for the previously bought spectrum.
The other bands considered for auction include 60% of unsold radio waves of the last round of auction. In addition to providing simply faster speeds, 5G (fifth generation) networks are expected to meet new uses, such as the Internet of Things (internet connected devices), as well as broadcast-like services and lifeline communication in times of natural disaster.
The government is planning to auction the right to use of spectrum in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz, 2500 MHz, 3300-3400 MHz and 3400-3600 MHz bands in the next auction to be held in 2017, TRAI said in the consultation paper.
The key issues discussed in the paper are the quantum of spectrum to be auctioned, optimal block size, duplexing scheme, spectrum cap, roll-out conditions and methods to be used for valuation and estimation of reserve price of spectrum.