NEW DELHI: Vodafone Idea is worried that the 50% combined spectrum holding limit for sub-1GHz spectrum bands, which can be used for 5G in future, may allow just two carriers to corner the airwaves — a scenario that will undermine healthy competition in the industry.
“While the pricing for the future spectrum is very important, access to spectrum is equally important,” P Balaji, chief regulatory officer at Vodafone Idea Ltd, told ET. “If 5G is the game of the future from 2020 onwards, then it is very important that all telcos should get access to 5G, and not just opportunity to buy 5G airwaves.”
Balaji said the industry has four clear operators — Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio and state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd — which make for a great industry structure.
“The access will allow for a vibrant competitive framework of providing 5G services, just like 2G, 3G, and 4G that are competitive, where the consumer gets a choice while the government’s objective is met,” he said.