SIA calls on the government to align its 5G spectrum distribution strategy with that of Europe and more than 120 countries

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Satellite communications industry association SIA has written to the government, expressing concern over telecoms regulator Trai’s proposals on spectrum auctions and asking it to match radio allocation policy with Europe and more than 120 countries.

In a letter to Telecom Minister Ashwani Vaishnaw, the Satcom Industry Association (SIA) has expressed serious reservations about the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai) suggestions to include bands 27.5 to 28.5 GHz and 3.60 to 3.67 GHz in the 5G spectrum auction proposal.

“This will certainly impact existing businesses and affect the livelihoods of those already using these bands and established services, including substantial investments being made to deliver broadcast and broadband services via satellite,” said the industrial body.

The 26 Ghz and 28 Ghz bands, technically called millimeter wave (mmWave) bands, are considered a high frequency range, where the transmitted signals cover shorter distances but at very high speeds.

SIA said that the government has already carried out more than a dozen sets of reforms in September 2021 for the mobile industry to prosper and develop further and likewise the preservation of frequency in the range of 27, 5 to 29.5 Ghz, priority for satellites, should be a high priority.
“Promoting one sector over another could lead to protectionism,” he added.

The mobile base station transmission signal in these bands for 5G services will need to be at a closer distance compared to base stations installed using large towers in the case of 2G to 4G mobile services.

The SIA said the global body International Telecommunications Union, which coordinates and finalizes spectrum use globally, has only identified the 26 Ghz band for 5G mobile services and not the 28 Ghz band.

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  • SIA calls on the government to align its 5G spectrum distribution strategy with that of Europe and more than 120 countries
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