TECH SUPPLIER Oct 2021 - Market Perspective - Doc # AP47371521

India’s Mobile Market Update: India Is Not Ready for 5G

By: Shiv Putcha, Yash Jethani

Table of Contents

Executive Snapshot

Figure: Executive Snapshot: India Is Not Ready for 5G

New Market Developments and Dynamics

India’s 5G Story So Far

High Cost of Spectrum and Other Liabilities Are Shredding the Business Case for 5G

Quantum of Spectrum Is Also a Major Challenge

5G Trials Have Only Started

India’s Attempt to Introduce a 5G Variant Will Be Counterproductive

The Digital Infrastructure Policy Needs a Major Overhaul

Infrastructure Sharing Must Become Policy

RoW Remains a Bottleneck

The Construction of New Towers and Sites Needs New Policies

Small Cells Will Be Crucial for 5G and Need New Policies

Backhaul Connectivity Must Be Upgraded for 5G

Concerns About Power Supply Must Be Addressed

Advice for the Services Provider

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