Shared Use Of 28GHz Bandwidth For Satcom, 5G Will Impair Investments: SIA-India


The Satcom industry body SIA-India has urged the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to create a robust regulatory framework of the 28GHz bandwidth (27.5GHz-29.5GHz) since the shared use of bandwidth by the Satcom industry and 5G may impair investments into India from private satellite operators having constellations in various orbits, and will also render much of the available capacities as unusable.

SIA India has also urged the DoT to reserve the 28GHz exclusively for the satellite sector, in line with the International Telecommunications Union’s stand on the issue, while allocating 24.25GHz-27.5GHz for 5G services.

Telcos, however, have been pushing the telecom department to update the national Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) to include the crucial millimeter waves (read: 26GHz, 28GHz) without which 5G deployment costs in India would jump several-fold and make the ultra-fast wireless broadband service unaffordable, ET previously reported.

SIA observed that the regional and international operators have started bringing FDI into India post Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement made on May 16, 2020, to enable the participation of the private sector in satellite and space activities.

“They [private companies] are investing in national infrastructure with gateways, operational centres, and end-user equipment development directly or through local partnerships. However, there persists a risk on the satellite sector’s investment due to the lack of a more balanced and cohesive policy framework especially with regard to spectrum assignment,” explained Director-General, SIA-India, Anil Prakash.

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