Telecom and Postal Sector – Spectrum Allocation, Call Drops, Predatory Pricing, etc

Millimeter SpectrumPrelims Only

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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Millimeter Spectrum

Mains level : Rolling out of 5G services in India


The DoT plans to auction the 24.75 – 27.25 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum in the 5G band in March-April 2020.

Millimeter Spectrum

  • The new spectrum under the 5G band called the ‘millimeter-wave bands’ is separate from the 8,300 megahertz (MHz).
  • The millimeter-wave band or extremely high-frequency frequency spectrum is mainly designed for usage in airport security scanners, closed-circuit television, scientific research, machine-to-machine communication, and military fire control.

What’s so special with this MM spectrum?

  • As the wavelength becomes smaller, the cell size becomes less, which is the footprint of the relay station. This will be used more by the industry.
  • If we you already have fiber connection and want to reach houses, this will be through millimeter bands.

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