NEW DELHI: India’s telecom sector is expected to see some major developments in 2021 which will fuel the growth for all telecom operators. The government announced 4G spectrum auctions in March this year even as Reliance Jio expects 5G launch to take place in 2021. Additionally, clarity on BSNL’s 4G tender is expected this year even as other telcos and internet service providers continue to focus on their wired broadband businesses. India is also likely to see some adoption on the OpenRAN front this year.Here are some trends that are expected to emerge in the Indian telecom sector in 2021: Spectrum auction This year, the big 3 telcos Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea are expected to participate in spectrum after nearly four years. The auction is expected to fetch about Rs 55,000-Rs 60,000 crore the exchequer according to credit rating agency ICRA. The government plans to auction 2,251 MHz with a total valuation of Rs 3.92 trillion in March 2021. It will sell spectrum in 700MHz, 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands.The telecom department (DoT) is also expected to release the Notice Inviting Application (NIA) shortly ahead of the spectrum auction scheduled for Q1CY21…. Read full this story
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