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TAIPA honours State for Odisha Mobile Tower Policy


           Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA), the Industry Association for leading Telecommunications Infrastructure Providers has honoured State government for its most comprehensive Odisha Mobile Towers Policy.

Speakers appreciated the new policy of the State government describing it as a comprehensive and progressive in nature at an Industry Interactive Session on “Robust Telecom Infrastructure Key to Realize Digital India” at New Delhi on September 20.

The policy aims to streamline the process of application and grant of permission for installation of mobile towers, laying OFC, in-building solutions and other telecom infrastructures within a specified time line.

In fact State government formulated Odisha Mobile Towers, Optical Fibre Cable(OFC) and Related Telecom Infrastructure Policy- 2017 recently in a bid to encourage the development of telecommunication infrastructure in remote, hilly and crtical Left Wing Extremist (LWE) Affected areas.

TAIPA has members such as Bharti Infratel, Indus Towers, ATC Towers, GTL Infrastructure, Reliance Infratel and Tower vision.

Secretary, Electronics & Information Technology Ashok Kumar Meena received the Award.

Meena gave details on the policy framework on Odisha Mobile Towers, OFC and Related Telecom Infrastructure.

He said one of the major objective of the Policy is to establish modern telecommunication infrastructure to provide high speed internet in Gram Panchayats and villages.

The policy aims to ensure good quality internet in the areas where mobile connectivity exists and also improve terrestrial Broadband connectivity in urban and rural areas.

Meena said the policy aims to improve tele-density of the State which is 81.06 and less than the national average of 93.23.

Tele-density is a standard measurement for growth of telecom service, which is number of subscribers per 100 population.

State Action Plan and District Action Plan are being formulated under the Policy, said sources.

Though Telecommunication is a Central subject, the State Government has come out with such a Policy for facilitating infrastructure providers and licensed operators in telecom sector.

TAIPA Chairman, Akhil Gupta spoke on Tower Industry Way Forward and Wish List for NTP 2018.

TAIPA Director General Tilak Raj Dua welcomed the guests, while Aswin Ballal, Partner Deloitte presented the Roadmap for Robust Telecom Infrastructure.

Additional Secretary, Ministry of Telecommunications Shivasailam spoke at length on the requirement of telecom infrastructure which is key to realize Digital India.

Bharat Bhargava, Partner & Leader Ernest & Young made a presentation on regulatory support for expediting telecom infrastructure roll out in the country.

Haryana Principal Secretary Electronics & IT Devender Singh gave out details telecom sector growth in the State.

EDITOR : Bijoy Ketan Mishra
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