Telecom legend Sam Pitroda compliments India on 5G auction


Telecom inventor, entrepreneur and the man usually credited for igniting India’s communications revolution in the mid-1980s Sam Pitroda complimented the nation on its successful 5G spectrum auction and said the technology will open new horizons in different fields.

Pitroda posted on Twitter: “My compliments to @AshwiniVaishnaw, Minister for Communications, Electronics & IT, Telecom Commission, @DoT_India, @TRAI, @CDOT_India, Telecom Engineers, Entrepreneurs, #Startups, Operators, and others for a successful auction of the #5GSpectrum and associated opportunities. 5G.”

He said 5G will not only provide substantial-high speed and low latency, but will open a new horizon for new use cases.

In the next tweet, he said, “The #5G will not only provide substantial-high speed and low latency but will open a new horizon for new use cases in agriculture, business and finance. Education, health, export, energy and governance will improve productivity, efficiency, affordability scalability and sustainability.”

On August 1, India concluded 5G auctions across 40 rounds and seven straight days, fetching over $18.5 billion, higher than the government’s expectations.

Pitroda termed this as a massive victory for the Indian Telecom community. “In particular, my special compliments for developing 5G related technologies (including C band for tower interconnectivity) and equipment in India, using Indian talent and mfg. resources to produce 5G hardware and Software in India for the Indian and global market,” he said.

He added, “For India to have Indian designed and developed #5G is a huge step forward and deserves global recognition, respect and rewards. Done right, it will create a considerable export potential for Indian Telecom Industry.”

Leading telecom operators Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) and Bharti Airtel (Airtel) emerged as the top bidders at the recently concluded spectrum auction. Adani group and Vodafone Idea were the other two participants in the spectrum auction.