ITU-APT Foundation of India recently organized a global Spectrum Workshop in New Delhi to deliberate on the use of the frequency range 24.25-29.5 GHz for early introduction of 5G terrestrial mobile communications in India and to discuss the regulatory conditions that may be needed to facilitate economies of scale and sharing of the band with satellite services.
The group called upon the Department of Telecom to urgently allocate the 26-28 GHz bands for 5G in India while balancing the needs of the satellites in these bands.
The conference also provided a forum for the global experts to exchange information and experiences regarding regulatory conditions, trials, and implementation opportunities to facilitate development of India’s national views on 24.25-29.5 GHz for 5G
Dr. R S Sharma, Chairman Telecom Regulatory Authority of India while inaugurating the conference indicated that TRAI has already recommended the 700 MHz and 3.5 Ghz spectrum for 5G and would now initiate the work on these new bands on hearing from DOT. He also mentioned that TRAI will soon commence consultations on implementation aspects of the new NDCP – the National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018 that was approved by the Union cabinet this week.
Mr. Bharat Bhatia President, ITU-APT Foundation of India stressed on the importance of 700MHz, 1.4 GHz, 3.5 GHz and 26-28 GHz for 5G as well as need for a new regulatory approach to the mm wave bands.
The conference was addressed by a galaxy of global luminaries in the field of 5G. Various Speakers covered the topic of 5G, which is envisaged to bring a revolution in digital connectivity across the spectrum of industry verticals and is being developed to enable a seamlessly connected society bringing together people, things, applications and systems under one smart and integrated communication platform.
It was emphasized at conference that a key requirement to successfully rollout 5G in India on par with other countries is to make available the required spectrum bands quickly and in sufficient quantity. The group stressed that successful rollout of 5G in India depends on the timely release of globally harmonized spectrum in 24.5-29.5 GHz, in addition to the Coverage bands below 6 GHz (700 MHz (698-803 MHz), L band (1427-1518 MHz) and C band (3300-3700 MHz).
The satellite industry speakers from ISRO, INMARSAT, SES, VIASAT and Hughes presented the current and proposed heavily utilization of the band by their satellites systems (feeder links and User Terminal operations.
They also indicated that the 28 GHz band is also under study in WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.5 for ESIM and that a part of the band is also identified for HDFSS (i.e. ubiquitous VSATs). List of more than 140 current satellites in KA band was shared by the satellite operators. They also indicated their preference for 26 GHz (24.5-27.5 GHz) band to be given for 5G rather than 28 GHz band (27.5-29.5 GHz) which is not included in WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.13 for IMT identification and global harmonization.
The ITU-APT Foundation will now develop specific recommendations on this issue for submission to the Government.