Space agencies refuse to vacate 5G spectrum

4 Apr 2019

The Indian government’s 5G plans have run into difficulties as space agencies the Department of Space (DoS) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) are refusing to vacate spectrum in the 28GHz and 3.5GHz bands, earmarked by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for new mobile broadband technologies. The Economic Times cites people familiar with matter as saying that Isro and the DoS have refused to relinquish the airwaves, which they use for satellite communications. Isro reportedly argued against vacating the 28GHz band on the basis that it had not been identified for 5G use. The research body was also reluctant to return a 25MHz tranche of frequencies it holds in the 3300MHz-3600MHz range.