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This year is of 5G technology. With this, the speed of our mobile internet will not only increase, but the industrial productivity of the country will increase by 10 times. How important is this year for 5G technology, what is being done in the country right now, Pramod Trivedi of Bhaskar asked Retired Lieutenant General Dr. SP Kochhar, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) talked to. Read the key parts of the conversation.

Q. How will 5G service change people’s lives?
4G is used more for personal use, it will not happen in 5G. In this, people will get more internet speed, but 5G will be used more in industries. The conversion of 5G will be machine to machine. This will bring industrial revolution in the industry. Robotics will work. Schemes like Smart City will be completed faster. Industrial productivity will increase manifold on average.

Q. What is the preparation regarding 5G handset?
Right now 5G handsets are expensive. We are also looking at how cheap 5G affordable smart phones will come. It is very important to reach these people. Our effort is that the price of a 5G phone should be 8 to 10 thousand. We are working on it.

Q. 5G in the country in 2021 Can the service be started?
There will be a trial of 5G this year. But the commercial launch seems unlikely. The government has not yet decided on the auction of spectrum for 5G. Prices will be fixed after auction, network and equipment will be installed. Only then will the 5G network be started. If all goes well, one or two companies may start commercial this year.

Q. What is going to change in Telecom in 2021?
As always, it will be our endeavor that the subscriber gets good facilities, at a better price. According to the way the base price of spectrum auction has been fixed in March, there is less possibility of charge reduction. But there is talk of tax exemption from the government. If it is found, then there will be a difference in price. Data can be cheaper if cost varies.

Q. If the tax is exempt, will the users or companies benefit?
Users will be the biggest beneficiaries of lower tax. Tax should be reduced by assuming necessary service. This will give people better internet at the right price. We have to see that the Lavis and Taxes imposed on telecoms are nationalized and reduced.

Q. What kind of tax exemption do you want?
Telecoms are taxed at up to 40%. In terms of tax, the telecom industry is not considered an essential service, which is not right. Everything like spectrum fees, license fees, USO funds apply to us. We urge that it be reduced.

Q. Government is going to auction spectrum in March. What can be the benefit to Telecom?
The auction that we have is on the old formulas of base price. They then say that they can bid above this. That is why a lot of spectrum was not sold in the last auction. This time also there is a worry whether the entire spectrum will be sold at this base price.

Q. What are the expectations regarding the budget?
We have communicated our point to the government. We are facing GST in many ways, remove it. GST is levied till the auction while service is not included in the auction. GST is levied on buying spectrum. If we give license fee to the government, then there should not be GST on it, because we are paying fees to the government, then how can there be service tax in it.

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