Daily News: Dont Install 5G Base Stations Within 2.1 Km Of Airports Govt To Telecom Providers

The DoT asked telecom providers to ensure the downward tilting of 5G base stations to an extent such that the 5G emissions do not interfere with radio altimeters.

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Govt Asks Telecom Providers Not To Install 5G Base Stations Within 2.1 Km From Airports

New Delhi: Telecom providers Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio, and Vodafone have been sent a letter by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) directing that C-band 5G base stations are not to be installed within the 2.1 km range of Indian airports with immediate effect as C-Band 5G can create problems with the aircraft’s radio (radar) altimeters, which they rely on during take-off and landing, and help avoid crashing into mountains.

The DoT letter, seen by IANS, said that the telecom service providers (TSPs) are advised 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”.

“The base station, nodal or repeater installed in the periphery of 540 metres surrounding the area, the maximum power must be limited to 58 dBm/ MHz in 3,300-3,670 MHz range,” the letter said.

Airtel has installed 5G base stations at airports in Nagpur, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Guwahati, and Pune while Jio has installed 5G base stations in the Delhi-NCR area.

According to the DoT letter, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has provided the buffer and safety zone sketch and has requested to ensure mitigation measures while implementing C-band 5G spectrum, in and around the airport areas in view of the safety concerns for the operation of aircraft.

The DoT asked telecom providers to ensure the downward tilting of 5G base stations to an extent such that the 5G emissions do not interfere with radio altimeters.

The new rule will be applicable till the replacement of all aircraft Radio Altimeters filters is ensured by the DGCA.

“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,” read the DoT letter.

As high-speed 5G wireless networks roll out across the world, pilots in the US are also reporting frequent problems with the aircraft’s radio (radar) altimeters.

According to an analysis of reports by IEEE Spectrum (the world’s leading engineering magazine) made to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), complaints of malfunctioning and failing altimeters soared after the rollout earlier this year of high-speed 5G wireless networks, which use similar C-band frequencies.

In January this year, at least three flights above Tennessee in the US simultaneously experienced altimeter errors that made it “impossible to maintain assigned altitude”, according to one of the pilots.

One jet lost its autopilot completely, and reportedly had fire trucks waiting for it on landing. According to the report, in February, a passenger plane on approach to the Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans experienced erratic low-altitude warnings as it flew below 1,000 feet.

In March, a commercial jet landing on autopilot at Los Angeles International Airport suddenly went into an aggressive descent just 100 feet above the ground.

All three incidents, and many more this year, were linked by pilots to problems with the aircraft’s radio altimeters, according to the report.

(With IANS inputs)




Published Date: November 30, 2022 8:28 PM IST