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In low-income data-centric markets, spectrum will be key to providing adequate connectivity

We’ve been saying for long that voice will be just another app. Reliance Jio has made it so. Therefore, we should take statements from the senior managers of that company seriously:

Spectrum allocation will be the most critical element in adoption of fifth-generation or 5G mobile networks in India, Reliance Jio Infocomm president Mathew Oommen has said. The comment comes in the wake of the government last month setting up a high-level panel with a corpus of Rs 500 crore for research and development to facilitate rolling out of 5G-based services by 2020. “The government has set its focus on 5G. It is important for the industry, technology community and academia to work together and also participate (in auction) for getting the right amount of spectrum,” Oommen told ET. “We need building blocks, and the most critical element is the amount of spectrum allocation per carrier.”

Oommen, who heads global strategy, service development and networks at the new entrant, had recently said that the telco was focusing on 4G-based services but was also looking at 5G.

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