The Department of Space (DoS) has objected to any airwaves allocation in the coveted 26 GHz millimeter wave band for 5G services.

According to the DoS, it can cause interference between satellite and 5G mobile networks and impact quality of satellite coverage.

As per industry sources, the non-availability of 26 GHz spectrum, which is widely considered among the most efficient for 5G services, would raise 5G network deployment costs several-fold for telcos, making 5G services unaffordable in the country.

According to industry sources, DoS has also rejected a proposal of India participating in a global study on the potential co-existence of 5G mobile broadband and satellite operations on the 26 GHz band.

The DoS voiced its reservations at a recent meeting of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity’s wireless group (AWG).