DIPA Pushes for Active Sharing of Telecom Infrastructure

On numerous instances in the past, including in its recommendations dated 2-Feb-2018, 9-Mar-2018, 20-Jan-2017, 6-Jan-2015, etc., TRAI has emphasised the need for expanding the scope of IP-1. The most recent instance of this was on March 13, 2020, or via the aforementioned recent recommendations. However, it is really regrettable that the issue has not yet been resolved and has not seen the light of day.

Published by
Bhavya Singh

Infrastructure Providers

Expanding the scope of IP-1 without any licencing is the only way to go in order to attract the desired investments into the sector, according to the Digital Infrastructure Providers Association. Telecom is a very capital-intensive industry, and the roll-out of new technologies like 5G, M2M/IoT, Edge Data Centers, and Wi-Fi will require enormous investments. Research and analyses from various sources also support the idea that infrastructure sharing can save the industry between 40 and 50 percent on costs.

Additional Information Regarding the Expansion of IP-1’s Scope

One extremely important demand of industry has been kept pending regarding the issue of the Enhancement of Scope of IPs-1 as enshrined in National Digital Communications Policy -2018(NDCP-2018). Enhancement of scope for IP-1 registration has been recommended by TRAI also on numerous occasions in the past 5-6 years, including the recommendations dated 13-Mar-2020. As the nation is on the cusp of experiencing 5G technology, it is the right time to review the regulatory environment to make it conducive for active sharing. ‘Global Connectivity Report 2022’ states that “Promoting the sharing of infrastructure can reduce costs. Estimates suggest that sharing antenna sites can save operators up to 40 per cent on both capital expenditure and 5G deployment”. It is, therefore, prudent for the country to latch on to this global best practice by enhancing the scope of IPs-1,” Said Mr T.R. Dua, Director-General of the Digital Infrastructure Providers Association (DIPA) (NDCP-2018).

On numerous instances in the past, including in its recommendations dated 2-Feb-2018, 9-Mar-2018, 20-Jan-2017, 6-Jan-2015, etc., TRAI has emphasised the need for expanding the scope of IP-1. The most recent instance of this was on March 13, 2020, or via the aforementioned recent recommendations. However, it is really regrettable that the issue has not yet been resolved and has not seen the light of day.

“Encourage and facilitate sharing of active infrastructure by enhancing the scope of Infrastructure Providers (IP) and promoting and incentivizing deployment of common sharable, passive as well as active, infrastructure.” In light of this, DIPA reiterates its plea and implores the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to immediately broaden the IP-1 registration’s scope by swiftly implementing the TRAI recommendations of March 13, 2020.

Bhavya Singh

Bhavya is very keen on learning about developments that take place in the tech and telecom industry. She is also someone whom you can sit with and talk about all the Netflix movies and series on science fiction.

Share
Published by
Bhavya Singh

Recent Posts

Broadband Plans Under Rs 500 that are Good Deal

If you're wanting to get a broadband connection or simply want a broadband internet package…

Airtel Rebrands Cricket Packs with Amazon Prime Subscription

Bharti Airtel has rebranded its cricket packs section on the website. Earlier, this section had…

ColorOS 13 Features to Boost Productivity

The latest ColorOS 13 from OPPO has started to officially roll out in India. Numerous…

An Overview of Wireless Subscriber Additions and MNP Requests: TRAI Sep Data

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently released the telecom subscription data as of…

Best Horror Movies to Watch on Netflix in 2022

Numerous horror films are available on various OTT platforms because this genre is highly popular.…

WhatsApp Brings Ability to Search Messages with Specific Dates

The world's most widely used instant messaging software, WhatsApp, has completely changed how people interact…

COAI Calls Out Big Tech Players for Spreading Misleading Propaganda

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has called out the big tech players for…

GDS Partners With DCConnect to Implement Advanced SDN at GDS Data Centers

GDS, a leading developer and operator of high-performance data centers, announced a partnership with DCConnect,…

Amantya Technologies Demonstrates 5G VoNR Call from Gurgaon

Amantya Technologies, a global SI (system integration) and product engineering player, recently announced that it…