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DoT to clear 5G trial applications after a prolonged delay

In a recent report by the parliamentary committee on IT, the Department of Telecommunication is set to clear applications for 5G trials submitted by telecom companies.

This includes applications from telecom companies likeReliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL).

Within the next two weeks, these applications are expected to be cleared by the DOT.

Moreover, there was persistent delayin holding 5G trials despite submissions from all telcos and industry bodies.

Due to this, the IT panel, through its report, pulled up the DoT demanding response and swinging into action.

Previously, DoT had announced the commencement of 5G trials which was reportedly supposed to begin in two to three months.

The IT Panel further added that the 5G trials not being approved is contrary to what the DoT had informed the committee earlier in February 2020.

Also, DoT had categorically stated that there are no major issues obstructing the trials in the country so far.

Initial plans of DoT were aimed at holding the trials in early 2019 which kept on getting delayed, initially over rules and then spectrum allotments.

Lack of clarity on the fate of China’s Huawei is also considered to be one of the major reasons behind it’s delay.

The applications submitted were followed by “priority vendor” applications by all telcos in September that year.

This took place when all four telcos named European and US equipment makers as preferred partners for 5G trials.

As a result of this, Chinese companies like Huawei shut down.

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