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Spectrum costs become sticking point in India's 5G plan

Review of base price to soothe debt-laden companies

The telecom department has asked the regulator to review all its recommendations related to the spectrum sale, including the reserve price of 5G airwaves.   © Reuters

MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- As Indian telecommunication companies continue to balk at the price of spectrum for ultra-fast fifth-generation networks, the government appears to be softening its stance, suggesting better participation at an auction of airwaves due by year end.

The telecom department has asked the regulator to review all its recommendations related to the spectrum sale, including the reserve price of 5G airwaves, a top department official told reporters late Thursday. The current recommendations are not aligned to the government's plan to create a digital India, the official said.

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