The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has recently sent a letter to telecom companies like Airtel, Reliance Jio, VI, and more to prevent installing C-band 5G base stations within a 2.1km range of Indian airports.
According to DoT, C-band 5G base stations can create problems with the aircraft’s radio altimeters during takeoff and landing. As per the letter, telecom service providers (ISP) are advised that in the area of 2100 meters from both ends of the runway and 910 meters from the center line of the runway of Indian Airports must have no 5G base stations.
The letter also mentioned that for the base station, nodal, or repeater installed in the border of 540 meters surrounding the area, the maximum power should be limited to 58 dBm/MHz in 3300-3760 MHz.
Telecom firm like Airtel has installed 5G stations at airports in Nagpur, New Delhi, Guwahati, Pune, and Banglore. In comparison, Jio has installed 5G base stations in the Delhi NCR area.
As per DoT, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has offered the buffer and the safety zone sketch and has also requested to ensure mitigation during the implementation of C-band 5G base stations in and around airport areas for aircraft safety concerns.