Telcos vs TV in 5G spectrum allocation

A conflict is escalating between telecom and broadcasting on who gets what spectrum. The government seems to be in a rush to decide.

It seems like the television industry cannot catch a break. 

It has been over a year now that Indian broadcasting companies—from Star India and Sony to Viacom18 and Zee—have been fighting for survival and relevance. A new tariff regime that came into the picture last year and the pandemic that followed have kept the sector on its toes throughout. And before things could have gotten any better, the threat of yet another interruption is looming—the 5G spectrum allocation. 

The recent weeks have seen some chatter about broadcasting executives losing their sleep over the long-awaited 5G deployment in India. To pave …


Harveen Ahluwalia

Harveen is a co-founder at The Morning Context, and leads our Internet coverage, overseeing a team of reporters writing on startups and tech. She has previously worked as a media, consumer and tech reporter at The Ken and Mint. At The Morning Context, she writes on startups, venture capital, consumer and media businesses—from e-commerce to healthtech to streaming.

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