Canada postpones 5G spectrum auction

4 months ago 27
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OTTAWA:

Canada

has postponed its 3500MHz spectrum auction process by six months to allow

telecoms companies

to focus on providing essential services during COVID-19 pandemic,

the innovation ministry

said in a statement.
The band is key for telecom companies rolling out fifth generation (

5G

) mobile networks, which will have speeds fast enough to download a movie to a

smartphone

in seconds, while allowing businesses to run "smart" factories using connected robots, devices and sensors.
The auction will now be held on June 15, 2021, because Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains wanted "to allow the telecommunications industry to maintain its focus on providing essential services to Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic," the statement said.
The auction was initially scheduled to be held in December. Bains said the government will begin the consultation period in August for the 3800MHz band, also key for 5G networks.

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