Cabinet allocates 5 MHz spectrum for Indian Railways to improve communication and signalling

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday allocated 5 MHz spectrum in 700 MHz band for Indian Railways in order to boost hi-speed radio communication.

I&B minister Prakash Javadekar said at a press briefing in New Delhi that the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took 3 important decisions, including on MSP for kharif season and allocation of spectrum to Railways for its communication.

₹25,000 crore will be spent in next 5 years for signal modernization and 5G spectrum implementation in Railways. Collision avoidance system developed by 4 Indian companies under Make-In -India and real-time communication will make rail travel safer, faster. The Cabinet thus approved TCAS (Train Collision Avoidance System), an indigenously developed ATP (Automatic Train Protection) System.

“With this spectrum, Indian Railways has envisaged to provide LTE (Long Term Evolution) based Mobile Train Radio Communication on its route,” the Ministry of Railways said in a statement.

He also said that that optical fibre is being used currently. However, with the availability of spectrum, there will be radio communication. It will also make rail travel safer, Javadekar said.

The purpose of the LTE for Indian Railways is to provide secure and reliable voice, video and data communication services for operational, safety and security applications.

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