TRAI Issued Recommendations on Allotment of Spectrum to Indian Railways for Public Safety & Security Services.
Indian Railways has proposed to install an Ultra high speed LTE based communication corridor along their network for Train ground or Train communication. In this connection Indian Railways has requested DoT to reserve 15 MHz of spectrum in 700 MHz band for the purpose and to begin with 10 MHz to be allocated free of cost. DoT requested TRAI to provide its recommendations on administrative allotment of spectrum to Indian Railways and the quantum, price, appropriate frequency band (including 450 – 470 MHz band) and any other related issue.
In this regard, a Consultation Paper on Allotment of spectrum to Indian Railways for Public Safety and Security services was issued on 24th June 2019. Comments were received from Stakeholders. An Open House Discussion (OHD) was conducted on 26th August 2019 in New Delhi.
Based on the comments/inputs received from the Stakeholders and on its own analysis, TRAI has finalized its Recommendations on Allotment of spectrum to Indian Railways for Public Safety and Security services.
The salient features of the recommendations are as follows:
Out of the 35 MHz (paired) spectrum available in 700 MHz band, 5 MHz (paired) spectrum may be allocated to Indian Railways for implementing Page 1 of 2 ETCS Level-2, MC PTT + Voice, IoT based asset monitoring services, passenger information display system and live feed of Video Surveillance of few coaches at a time. The remaining 30 MHz (paired) in 700 MHz band may be put to auction in the forthcoming auction.
To implement the Video Surveillance System for all coaches of the Train (Security services), Indian Railways may explore other communications means such as-
(i) Dumping the Video Surveillance data to the system using high capacity WiFi when the train reaches a station.
(ii) Using Public Telecommunication Network (TSPs network) for sending continuous video surveillance data streams to its control center.
As Indian Railways would be using the assigned spectrum along its railway track network and stations only, DoT may explore the possibility of assigning the same spectrum in other areas for area-specific limited use to other entities for captive use. However, it should be ensured that there is no interference to the Railways’ network from such use.
Spectrum may be assigned to Indian Railways on administrative basis for captive use only and not to offer any commercial services such as WiFi onboard.
Spectrum charges may be levied based on formula basis as prescribed by DoT for Royalty Charges and License Fee for captive use.
For any clarification / information, please contact Shri S. T. Abbas, Advisor (Network Spectrum & Licensing), TRAI Tele: +91-11-23210481.