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    Who will win India’s Gigantic 5G Spectrum Auction?

    India’s 5G auction kicks off today ahead of the roll out in 2023.. Bidders will include all the three major mobile operators in India: Reliance Jio, the market leader, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea. The fourth contender was the surprise entry of Indian billionaire Gautam Adani.

    Spectrum is an integral and necessary part of the entire 5G eco-system. The upcoming 5G services have the potential to create new age businesses, generate additional revenue for enterprises and provide employment arising from the deployment of innovative use-cases and technologies.

    The long-awaited 5G spectrum auction is finally upon us. The government has put up 72 Ghz of spectrum for auction with a validity of 20 years. In its entirety, the spectrum is worth 4.3 trillion rupees at base price.

    A total of 72 gigahertz of 5G spectrum will be on the block, for which winning bids will retain the rights for 20 years.

    In total, the four bidders have put up $2.7 billion (218 billion Indian rupees) in earnest money, the mandatory sum required to confirm a contract. The amount of earnest money deposited provides an indication of the amount of spectrum a company wishes to buy.

    India’s 5G Spectrum Auction – Four Big Telecom Players in Fray including Adani

    At the India’s 5G auction that occurs on Tuesday and four local companies will be in the race to bid for the country’s first 5G spectrum ahead of a planned rollout in 2023.

    The surprise entry of Indian billionaire Gautam Adani as the fourth contender could still rock the boat.

    5G Spectrum refers to the fifth generation of high-speed mobile internet which promises super-fast download speeds that can support technologies like driverless cars and virtual reality.

    A total of 72 gigahertz of 5G spectrum will be on the block, for which winning bids will retain the rights for 20 years.

    In total, the four bidders have put up $2.7 billion (218 billion Indian rupees) in earnest money, the mandatory sum required to confirm a contract. The amount of earnest money deposited provides an indication of the amount of spectrum a company wishes to buy.

    There was speculation of a new competitor in the mobile network and data space, which drove up expectations of higher bidding.

    However, the company moved to douse the speculation. When contacted by CNBC, the Adani Group denied plans to enter the mobile phone space.

    “We are participating in the 5G spectrum auction to provide private network solutions along with enhanced cyber security in the airport, ports & logistics, power generation, transmission, distribution, and various manufacturing operations,” the group said in a statement.

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