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Indian telecom players protest push for pricey 5G spectrum auction

Country risks being left behind as top operator rejects regulator's proposal

People in front of a board promoting the 5G network at a trade show in New Delhi in 2018: India's upgrade to 5G depends on a compromise being struck in the coming months between industry and the government.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India's beleaguered telecom industry has taken a strong stance against the government's plan to hold a fifth-generation spectrum auction in a few months, complaining that the pricing is too high and the sale too early.

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