NEW DELHI, INDIA — A disagreement has emerged between Boeing and Indian telecom corporations over the deployment of 5G technology in proximity to airports. 

The American planemaker has voiced concerns regarding the current safety measures implemented in India, claiming they're insufficient to guarantee secure aircraft operations. The aviation company is advocating for a 5G-free zone spanning a 3.2-mile radius surrounding airports, which is a considerable expansion from the current 1.3-mile restriction.

As reported by ET Telecom, telecom corporations in India are opposing Boeing's demand. They argue that complying with this request would affect numerous cities throughout the nation, considering many airports are situated in densely populated urban regions. The providers assert that prohibiting the utilization of the 3300-3670 MHz spectrum for 5G services within a 3.1-mile range of airports would be unfeasible and harm the rollout of 5G across the country.

Boeing has underscored its worries regarding aircraft veering off the runway's centerline and glide path during approach, issues not addressed by the present safety precautions. The aircraft manufacturer posits that considering these factors would necessitate a larger safety zone than the existing 1.3-mile radius. For a lasting resolution, Boeing suggests alterations to the aircraft altimeters.

In return, the telecom providers have proposed adjusting 5G equipment in a way that could reduce the current 1.3-mile safety zone around runways, thereby facilitating the availability of 5G services near airports.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has requested Boeing to substantiate their proposed 3.2-mile safety zone with relevant calculations. Earlier, the DoT had ordered all mobile service providers to refrain from setting up 5G sites within a 1.3-mile radius from either end of runways at Indian airports to avert disruption with aircraft radio frequencies.

As discussions proceed, it remains uncertain how the Indian government and pertinent authorities will navigate Boeing's raised concerns while balancing the interests of the telecom sector and guaranteeing aviation safety. The forthcoming decision will carry significant consequences for the deployment of 5G technology in India and its effects on aviation infrastructure.
The U.S. Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has asked Boeing to provide substantiating calculations for their proposed 3.2-mile safety zone. Prior to this, the DoT instructed all mobile service providers to abstain from installing 5G sites within a 1.3-mile radius from either end of runways.