With Multi utility ‘Zero Base’ mobile sites planned BSNL towers above the rest

‘Zero Base’ mobile sites, besides being much aesthetically pleasing can also be used as a wi-fi hotspot, street light with camera and the radio units be installed inside the pole or underneath


State-run BSNL plans to install 50 ‘zero base’ mobile towers, which are aesthetically pleasing, compact and multi-functional. In a first for the tower infrastructure in the country, BSNL’s concept of a ‘zero site’ will multi-task as a wi-fi hotspot, street light and support camera and the radio units which can be hidden inside the pole or underneath.

Sensing the growing penetration of the smartphones and mobile networks & Data and its implications in education, health, financial inclusion, etc across urban and especially rural hinterlands, the company intends to introduce the concept in order to retain and bring new subscribers to the network, ensuring engagement beyond just network support. The same could later be translated in forging partnerships with other operators ensuring returns from the infrastructural investments.

According to BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava, the company is currently in talks with equipment makers Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE regarding the zero base towers. The companies are expected to submit their quotes in March and in next six months, BSNL will roll out the concept. The average cost to set up a mobile tower is anywhere between Rs 8-10 lakh. The announcement came soon after the recently concluded Mobile World Congress (MWC), where many such technologies were showcased this year reports Economic Times.

Such Zero Base Mobile sites incur a little higher cost than the normal towers and BSNL would initially be beginning with 50 towers but the company believes that as active infrastructure is allowed to be shared, the cost can also be shared among the operators and the city can look much cleaner with such multi-utility interventions.

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Partha Basu
March 18, 2016 1:16 pm 1:16 PM
To, The Telecom Minister, Dear Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ways to REVIVE BSNL AND MTNL and ensure most people prefer to use its services. The following mentioned below needs to be done in order to bring about a radical difference in the way consumers perceive BSNL. It is indeed very nice to hear from the telecom minister that you are “ready to sit and sell” BSNL SIM cards. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that BSNL and MTNL need to think about advertising and marketing. Look at the private players, they do a lot of advertisements… Read more »
March 18, 2016 3:23 pm 3:23 PM

As if he is reading TT everyday

March 15, 2016 6:00 pm 6:00 PM

Wow…. Very good

Ashish Singh
March 15, 2016 5:54 pm 5:54 PM

It would have been better if you had posted a picture of that instead of normal tower.