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Robust telecom infrastructure is key to realise Digital India mission, says TAIPA at AGM 2017

September 22, 2017
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The Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA), with ATC Telecom Infra, ATC India Tower & ATC Telecom Tower, Indus Towers, GTL Infrastructures, Tower Vision India, Bharti Infratel and Reliance Infratel, in its annual general meeting (AGM) 2017 emphasised the need of a robust telecom infrastructure to realise the Digital India mission as telecom infrastructure will enable various futuristic technologies such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), machine to machine (M2M), artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) etc.

The AGM witnessed participation by senior government officials and industry players. Information technology (IT) secretaries of Haryana and Odisha presented their insights on policy implementation of their state and framework. Leading knowledge partners from Deloitte and Ernst & Young shared their views on the roadmap and regulatory support needed for expediting robust telecom infrastructure.

Discussions on key areas of concern such as non-discriminatory access to Right of Way (RoW), inclusion of IP-1s in the RoW notified rules, extension of benefits under infrastructure status to tower industry, availability of government resources on a fair and non- discriminatory basis to both telecom service providers (TSPs) and infrastructure providers (IPs) for installation of telecom infrastructure and alignment of state tower installation guidelines with the Department of Telecom (DoT) guidelines/RoW Rules of November 2016 took place in the AGM, 2017.

In a written message, congratulating the industry association Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, secretary, Department of Telecommunication (DoT) said “Indian telecommunication sector has been at the core of social and economic development of this country and telecom infrastructure sector has been the bedrock for a digital economy. Telecommunication and telecommunication infrastructure is the backbone of ‘Digital India’, where future technologies like mobility, analytics, cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), machine to machine (M2M) communications are playing a key role in implementing the Digital India vision. A robust telecom infrastructure will play a key role in seamless connectivity, which is the essence of true digitisation.”

R S Sharma, chairman, TRAI said “I have been one of those who have believed that in the converged environment there is need of independent infrastructure players which will ensure orderly and stable growth of infrastructure. Further, it will also bring in economy of scale and the cost effectiveness due to the sharing of infrastructure at the backend. I also believe infrastructure players must have an active role in the provisioning of common duct, in-building solutions, pubic Wi-Fi and fibre lay etc.”

While addressing the meeting, Mr. Akhil Gupta, Chairman, TAIPA said “The success of Digital India, financial inclusion lies in making internet available at the bottom of pyramid. The telecom infrastructure industry faces glitches in network rollout especially in rural and semi-urban areas. Apart from this, it is very important that government ensure grid power supply to operate telecom tower sites in the upcoming National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2018.”




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