The central government on Wednesday announced the launch of demand studies for direct allocation of spectrum to enterprises with assets of more than Rs 100 crore, desirous of setting up private captive 5G Networks.
Enterprises desirous of setting up CNPN by acquiring net worth of more than Rs 100 crore and spectrum directly from DoT are invited to participate in this exercise.
“Enterprises desirous of setting up Captive Non-Public Network (CNPN) by obtaining spectrum directly from DoT are invited to participate in this exercise,” the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said in a statement.
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“Captive Non-Public Networks (CNPNs) can play a vital role in the growth of industries by providing secure, ultra-reliable, low latency and high throughput communication using advanced technologies,” the DoT said in an official statement.
The demand study comes after the successful 5G spectrum auction, which has brought in over Rs 1.5 lakh crore to the government led by Reliance Jio.
The government had issued ‘Guidelines for Captive Non-Public Network (CNPN) Licensing’ on 27 June 2022 with an aim to establish a legal framework for CNPN.
The guidelines provide that enterprises desirous of setting up CNPN can obtain spectrum on lease from telecom Service Providers or directly from DoT.
These guidelines also provide that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will study the demand for direct handing over of spectrum to the enterprises setting up CNPNs.
The DoT in its notice inviting applications (NIA) for auction of spectrum in various bands has provided clear clarity on the subject of CNPN, or Private 5G Captive Network.
Section 2.4 of the NIA on CNPN stipulates that a CNPN can be set up in any one of four possible ways, wherein CNPNs for non-telecom verticals can obtain spectrum directly from DoT and establish their own separate network. can do.
Private 5G captive networks are about high speed, increased data capacity and deployment of ultra-low latency applications inside a closed manufacturing unit, hospital, airport and shipping port.
Unlike a large number of users in a public network, such networks are single end-users (the enterprises themselves) at a given location.