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DIPA commends RoW Telecom Infrastructure (Amendment) 2023 in Chandigarh
Digital Infrastructure Providers Association (DIPA), the apex representative body of Digital Infrastructure Providers congratulated the Chandigarh UT Administration for its notification of the Chandigarh Right of Way Policy for Telecom Infrastructure (Amendment). The policy will speed up the implementation of 5G internet services in the city.
This policy includes several key features that will streamline the process, such as reducing the timeline from 60 days to 40 days, providing deemed approval, and eliminating the requirement for prior permission to install poles and small cells on private property. It also allows for the use of street furniture and does not impose administrative charges for IBS, which is an added advantage.
For the 5G network, telecom infrastructure providers will be able to install overground 5G poles on government and private immovable properties. Small cells will be allowed to be installed on poles used for electricity, street furniture, and utility poles. Charges will be imposed on infrastructure providers for installing poles and small cells on government infrastructure.
Mr TR Dua, Director General, Digital Infrastructure Providers Association (DIPA), accolades the efforts of the Government of Chandigarh UT in timely notification and said, “We appreciate the efforts of the Government of Chandigarh in timely notification of the Chandigarh Right of Way Policy for Telecom Infrastructure (Amendment), 2023, on February 15, 2023, which is a significant step in expediting the implementation of 5G internet services in the city. This is an exceptionally progressive policy that will set the tone for the speedy rollout of digital infrastructure across Chandigarh UT, making it digitally advanced.”
The policy facilitates the establishment of digital infrastructure on private land or building with no prior permission required from the appropriate authority. However, the applicant needs to submit an intimation to the appropriate authority prior to commencing such establishment. The appropriate authority will need to give approval within the stipulated time.
Placement of Cell on Wheels or any other temporary infrastructure for managing events, festivals, or fairs will be allowed after permission. The appropriate authorities will have the power to remove the infrastructure as per rules. The UT Adviser will be the appellate authority for dispute resolution.
With the launch of the next-generation 5G technology, residents can expect download speeds at least 10 times faster than 4G. 5G can unleash new economic opportunities and societal benefits giving it the potential for being a transformational force for Indian society. It can help the country leapfrog the traditional barriers to development as well as advance the ‘Digital India’ vision.
Dua further added “Currently, there are 1180 telecom towers in Chandigarh that need to be doubled up in the forthcoming time to support emerging technologies. With small cells becoming an important part of 5G rollout, fiberized backhaul will be key. Regarding the fiberization of mobile towers, Chandigarh stands at 41.65%, and according to the targets set by the National Broadband Mission, fiberization should be 70% by 2025. This policy will facilitate the speedy rollout of digital infrastructure across Chandigarh and help meet the National Broadband Mission target of having 2700 telecom towers required for 5G services in Chandigarh.”
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