Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA) have commended the decision of Department of Telecommunication (DoT) regarding the inclusion of Infrastructure Providers (IP-1) in the Right of Way rules dated November 2016.
DoT in an office memorandum clarified that under clause 2(d) of the said rules, the definition of ‘Licensee’ includes Infrastructure Providers category 1 who are authorized to establish and maintain the assets such as Dark Fibre, Right of Way, Duct Space, and towers etc.
The foresaid clarification by the DoT will add momentum in realising the flagship programmes of Indian Government such as Digital India, Financial Inclusion and Smart Cities etc. In addition to this, Infrastructure Providers will play a pivotal role in facilitating futuristic technologies such as 5G, IoT, VR, AI, Cloud computing, M2M, and IoT etc.
Mr. Tilak Raj Dua, Director General, TAIPA welcomed the clarification and said “The telecom tower industry welcomes the latest clarification issued by DoT on including IP-1s under the ambit of Right of Way rules, 2016. The clarification was long pending and much needed and timely which will expedite the provisioning of telecom infrastructure in every nook and corner of the nation. The clarification will provide impetus, required thrust and augurs extremely positive for upcoming technologies like 5G, AI, IoT, M2M and VR. Further, this will add impetus in realizing the overarching initiatives of Indian Government such as Digital India and Broadband for All.”
The infrastructure Providers since 2005 have been instrumental in the growth of the telecom and broadband in the country and have created more than 4 lakhs 71 thousand towers mounted with 18 lakh BTSs as on May 2018 extending seamless network connectivity to around 1.2 billion telecommunication subscribers.
Further Mr. Dua added, “We appreciate extensive support from the Telecom Minister, Telecom secretary and special secretary of the Department of Telecommunication for acknowledging the contribution of Infrastructure Providers towards developing a robust telecom infrastructure. The clarification reinforces and recognizes that the Infrastructure Providers are essential and critical part of the overall telecom ecosystem.”
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