DoT urges space department, defence to vacate spectrum for 5G services

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The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has urged the Space Department and the Defense Ministry to clear airwaves in the medium and high spectrum bands for the deployment of 5G services, sources said. The issue was discussed at a meeting of a committee formed under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba to resolve spectrum issues, they added. Differences between DoT, Department of Space (DoS) and MoD have delayed rollout of 5G services in the country

The government had set a target of launching 5G services by 2020, but sources said the spectrum auction could only take place in early 2021 if the issues were resolved in time. The DoT asked the Department of Defense to release 100 megahertz (Mhz) of spectrum in the 3300 to 3400 Mhz frequency band and to use frequencies in the 3000 to 3100 Mhz band. He urged the DoS to release spectrum in the 3600-3700 MHz frequency band, the sources said. “The DoT is now looking for 400 MHz of contiguous spectrum in the mid-band that can be effectively used by telecom operators to achieve standard broadband speeds for 5G services,” a government source told PTI. Email queries to DoT, DoS and MoD in this regard did not elicit an immediate response. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has given price recommendations only on spectrum in the 3300-3600 Mhz band for the next round of auction based on the benchmark sought by the DoT. Trai recommended a price of Rs 492 crore per megahertz for the spectrum in the 3300-3600 Mhz band. Telecommunications operators interested in purchasing radio waves for 5G services will need to shell out a minimum of Rs 9,840 crore on a pan-Indian basis to purchase spectrum in the 3,300-3,600 MHz band, as Trai suggested that ‘it “should be auctioned in the block size of 20 MHz”. According to technical experts, a telecommunications operator will need at least 80-100 Mhz of spectrum in the 3300-3600 Mhz band to reach the 5G standard. Bharti Airtel has said it will not bid for this spectrum at the price recommended by Trai, as companies will have to shell out around Rs 50,000 crore to acquire a decent amount of spectrum in this band. “The scope of the committee under the leadership of the cabinet secretary has now been broadened to discuss all spectrum bands, including V-band that can be used for mobile services and their prices,” another source said. The first committee meeting was held on Monday and the second on Wednesday to accelerate the rollout of 5G. The DoT also asked the space department to leave its request on the high-frequency 26 Ghz band to make available at least 3000 Mhz of spectrum for 5G services, as decided by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which sets global benchmarks for wireless services. , during the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) 2019. The DoS, however, raised concerns about the possible interference of 5G signals in satellite data collection for weather forecasting, which is crucial next of climate change. The DoT had previously accepted the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) request to retain the 26 Ghz band, in which the 5G ecosystem was developed, primarily for satellite services. The DoT had presented a proposal to the CMR in accordance with ISRO’s request, but this was rejected by the ITU. “The DoT has now proposed that the WRC decision be implemented in India, which will also be in line with the global ecosystem,” the source added.

News Highlights:

  • The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has urged the Space Department and the Defense Ministry to clear airwaves in the medium and high spectrum bands for the deployment of 5G services, sources said.
  • DoT urges space and defense department to move off spectrum for 5G services
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