Separate 5G band & aviation radar frequency: Airtel
Business Standard|January 22, 2022
Experts say that unlike the US, India already has a large separation between the two bands
SURAJEET DAS GUPTA

Bharti Airtel has written to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), stating that in order for them to co-exist with the country's aviation system, no radar should operate in the 3.3 GHz to 3.67 GHz band, and any existing operations should be moved 100 MHz or more from the operating range of 5G networks.

With the launch of 5G services sparking discussions on aviation safety worldwide, Airtel has pointed out to the Trai that it is "critical to identify any interference from a 5G system operating in the 3.5 GHz band with radar altimeters deployed in the Indian aviation systems." The band is crucial for telcos, as it will be auctioned for offering services, which are expected to roll out at the end of this year.

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