5G facility will not be available up to 2100 meters from the airport. Because the Department of Telecom has ordered not to install any 5G site up to 2100 meters away from the runway.
oi-Neeraj Kumar Yadav
The Department of Telecom (DoT) has directed telcos not to set up any 5G sites in the 3,300-3,670 MHz band in the area 2100 meters from runways at all airports in India. Because in this range the aircraft interfaces with the radio altimeter. This order has been given by the department keeping in mind the safety of aircraft operations.
According to the information, a letter has also been written by the department to Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea to follow these guidelines. Which states that after a range of 2.1 km, 5G base stations can be installed within a radius of 540 meters, but the power emission has to be limited to 58 dBm/MHz.
Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has directed Telcos not to install any 5G sites in the 3,300-3,670 MHz band in the area of 2100 meters from runways at all airports in India, as it interferes with aircraft radio altimeters.
— ANI (@ANI) October 30, 2022
This order from the Department of Telecom means that customers will not be able to use 5G in areas around airports. For example, areas around Delhi’s IGI airport such as Vasant Kunj and Dwarka will not get 5G network. Apart from this, the DoT has also asked telecom providers to scale down 5G base stations to this extent. This has been said by the department so that 5G emissions do not interfere with radio altimeters.
Note that 5G frequency interference with the radar altimeter frequency band is a concern for aircraft operations. The US Federal Aviation Administrator (FAA) had also warned about this in January. The FAA said that 5G signals in the C spectrum band could interfere with aircraft altimeter systems. Significantly, 5G was started in the country last month. Till now, this facility has also been started by Reliance Jio and Airtel in many big cities of India.
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Telecommunications department directed Telcos not to install 5G sites 2100 meters from runways
Story first published: Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 19:40 [IST]