Spectrum Auction

News: India’s first auction of telecommunications spectrum in five years.

About Spectrum:

  • Telecom spectrum stands for the portion of the electromagnetic wave range that is suitable for communication purposes.
  • The different spectrum bands differ in terms of the frequency of these waves.
  • Frequency is a measure of the number of times the waves repeat themselves in a second. It is expressed in terms of hertz.
  • Hence hertz is a measure of the number of cycles per second, and 1 megahertz stands for 1 million hertz.
  • Spectrum bands have different characteristics, and this makes them suitable for different purposes.
  • In general, low-frequency transmissions can travel greater distances before losing their integrity, and they can pass through dense objects more easily. However, less data can be transmitted over these radio waves.
  • Higher-frequency transmissions carry more data, but are poorer at penetrating obstacles.
  • The 700 MHz band, as also 1,800 MHz, 2,100 MHz, and 2,300 MHz bands, are seen playing an important role in the 5G rollout.
  • In telecommunications, 5G is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, that promises to provide faster speeds lower latency.