Huawei says contiguous blocks of low-cost 5G spectrum are wanted in India

Huawei believes India should concentrate on allocating contiguous blocks of cost-effective 5G spectrum for a profitable rollout.

Executives from Huawei made the feedback through the firm’s Join occasion in Shanghai. Ken Hu, deputy chairman of Huawei, famous the allocation of spectrum as being amongst India’s present largest challenges in relation to 5G.

“We hope that spectrum resources can be allocated more efficiently. It’s very important to have contiguous resources released to carriers in India,” Hu defined.

International 5G requirements physique the ITU states ‘true’ 5G requires 100MHz of 5G spectrum. Ideally, every operator wants at the least this quantity in a contiguous block.

Talking on the ET Telecom 5G Congress occasion in August, Bharti Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal mentioned:

“Indian operators want 1,000MHz of spectrum every with a purpose to do 5G correctly. There’s a number of work to be performed liberating up mmWave spectrum within the excessive bands.

Even while you speak about spectrum within the mid-band – the 3.5GHz spectrum – each operator goes to wish 75-100MHz of spectrum. In any other case, you will notice a 5G icon displayed in your telephone however, in actuality, you’ll simply be getting a 4G expertise.”

Right here within the UK, cellular operator Three has been promoting that it’s the one community providing ‘true’ 5G as a result of it’s been allotted 140MHz of 5G-friendly spectrum; together with a single 100MHz contiguous block. With 50MHz of spectrum, Vodafone is Three’s closest rival.

“5G is a game-changer for Three, and of course I am excited that we will be the only operator in the UK who can offer true 5G,” mentioned Three CEO Dave Dyson in June.

The Promoting Requirements Authority (ASA) has obtained 5 complaints about Three’s marketing campaign, certainly one of which came from rival EE’s parent company BT.

India can be prudent to keep away from such controversies with its 5G spectrum allocation. Huawei argues that India should guarantee contiguous blocks of 5G spectrum are allotted on a cheap foundation for the nation’s cash-strapped operators, or danger stifling the nation’s 5G rollout.

“We need to see cheaper spectrum resources being released to the Indian carriers,” Hu mentioned.

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