India finalises rules for private 5G spectrum leases
This will provide telcos with a new revenue stream from 5G.
The Indian government has finalised rules that will allow its telecom companies to lease spectrum to enterprises for private 5G networks.
Local reports said that India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is set to release new rules soon that will allow any entity with a private network to obtain spectrum from one or more telcos on terms tailored to their requirements.
According to the DoT, once a telco signs a spectrum leasing deal with a private network owner, it will have 15 days to inform the Department about the details such as which spectrum will be leased, how much spectrum, the lease period and the geographic area.
Private network operators will need to obtain clearance from the Standing Advisory Committee On Frequency Allocation (SACFA) before starting operations. It will also be up to both parties to ensure the private network using the spectrum doesn’t interfere with public networks.
The new rules are expected to provide Indian telcos with a long-awaited new revenue stream from 5G.
With this, the DoT said telcos will be able to count revenue earned through private spectrum leasing in their gross revenue.