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Users, Internet of Things (IoT) services don’t need 5G as yet: Voda Idea

February 20, 2019 / Danish Khan

Leading telecom operator Vodafone Idea said India should put off 5G spectrum auctions beyond 2020 as there aren’t specific 5G use cases available, and 4G is more than adequate for most customers and Internet of Things (IoT) services in the near term. “The most appropriate time to hold auctions will be somewhere after 2020,” said Vishant Vora, chief technology officer, Vodafone Idea. “We need time to develop India-specific use cases and that takes time. We are working with our partners to develop them. The maturity of that (5G) technology will be there when it makes sense.” Vodafone Idea has, all along, taken this stand on postponing spectrum auctions, calling on the government to fix the health of the telecom sector in the interim. The government, however, is confident about rolling out 5G in tandem with global markets in 2020, and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is expected to hold the next round of spectrum auctions after August.