The Government has approved allotment of 5 MHz Spectrum in 700 MHz frequency band to Indian Railways for providing reliable voice, video and data communication services for operational, safety and security applications, at stations and in trains, a Railway Ministry statement issued on Wednesday said.
With this spectrum, Indian Railways has envisaged to provide LTE (Long Term Evolution) based Mobile Train Radio Communication on its route. The estimated investment in the project is more than Rs. 25,000 crore and it will be completed in the next 5 years, the official statement said and forms part of the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ mission.
The purpose of the LTE for Indian Railways will be used for modern signalling and train protection systems and ensure seamless communication between loco pilots and guards. It will also enable Internet of Things (IoT) based remote asset monitoring especially of coaches, wagons and locos, and live video feed of CCTV cameras in the train coaches to ensure efficient, safer and faster train operations.
In addition to this, Indian Railways has approved TCAS (Train Collision Avoidance System), an indigenously developed ATP (Automatic Train Protection) System, which will help in avoiding train collisions thereby reducing accidents and ensuring passenger safety.
It brings a strategic shift in Railways’ operations and maintenance regime. It will help in improving the safety and increasing the line capacity to accommodate more trains using the existing infrastructure. The modern rail network will result in reduced transportation cost andhigher efficiency, the statement explained.
The spectrum charges will be levied based on a formula prescribed by Department of Telecommunications for royalty charges and license fee for captive use as recommended by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, the statement added.