Bad news! Find out why areas near airports may not get 5G

Monitor News Desk

Private telecom operators Airtel and Jio are busy rolling out 5G services across India these days.

Union Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw had recently informed that 5G services have been launched in 50 Indian cities within the span of two months.

“Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) have started providing 5G services in the country from 01.10.2022 onwards and as of 26.11.2022, 5G services have started in 50 towns,” he said while replying to a question on 5G roll out in the Parliament.

However, reports of a letter by the Department of Telecommunications to the telcos has come to the fore. The letter has told the telecom service providers (TSPs) that “in the area 2,100 meters from both ends of runway and 910 meters from centre line of runway of Indian Airports shall have no 5G/ IMT base stations in the 3,300-3,670 MHz”.

“It is expected that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will proactively ensure the above in a time-bound and expeditious manner. DGCA is requested to inform DOT as soon as the above task is complete to enable lifting of the restrictions,” the letter adds.

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