The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has urged the Department of Space (DoS) and Ministry of Defence to vacate airwaves in the medium and high range spectrum bands for rolling out 5G services.

The issue was discussed at a recent meeting held by the committee formed under the chairmanship of cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba to resolve spectrum related issues.

To this end, the DoT has requested the Ministry of Defence to vacate 100 MHz of spectrum in the frequency band of 3300 MHz – 3400 MHz and use frequencies in the 3000 MHz – 3100 MHz band. In addition, the department has urged the DoS to vacate spectrum in the frequency band of 3600 MHz – 3700 Mhz. Besides, the DoT has requested DoS to leave its claim on high frequency band of 26 GHz to make at least 3000 MHz of spectrum available for 5G services.

However, DoS has raised concerns in this regard over possible interference of 5G signals in data collection by satellites.

According to industry sources, the DoT is now looking for 400 MHz of contiguous spectrum in the medium band which can be utilised by telcos to meet standard broadband speed for 5G services.