5G will be rolled out in India in spectrum bands that would possess appropriate safeguards and won’t really affect civic aircraft altimeters, according to the International Telecommunications Union – Asia Pacific Telecommunity Foundation of India (reported first by PTI).
The US has seen several airlines cancel their flights after the rollout of 5G services in the nation, alleging that the 5G signals could interfere with key safety equipment, altimeters that are instrumental in helping pilots gauge the altitude of the flight.
ITU-APT Foundation of India (recognised by UN body International Telecommunications Union) President Bharat Bhatia said in a statement that the 5G spectrums in India won’t affect the aforementioned critical hardware, “In India, there is no risk from 5G services to aircraft and we are fully safeguarded as we are only allocating 3300-3670 MHz, which is more than 500 MHz below the altimeter spectrum. Thus the C band frequencies that are being auctioned for 5G in India are completely safe and there is no risk to the Civil Aviation Radar altimeters.”
To the unaware, aircraft across the world use the frequency band 4200-4400MHz for radio altimeters and the 5G system deployed there functions is really close to this range at 3700-3900 MHz.
Bhatia added, “In India, the government is not considering frequencies above 3.7 GHz for public 5G services at present, the frequency band in question in the USA where this potential interference has been observed.”
It is also important to note that spectrum band allocation for 5G services in India is still at a discussion stage. TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has issued a consultation paper to seek inputs from interested players to determine the price and rules for the spectrum.
Only after the government finalises the price post review recommendation of TRAI will the spectrum be allocated via an auction.