‘We need 800,000 pub­lic WiFi hotspots’

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Voice&Data: What steps TAIPA is tak­ing re­gard­ing call drop is­sues in In­dia? Please elab­o­rate. Ti­lak Raj Dua:

One of the rea­sons for call drop is un­avail­abil­ity of new sites for in­stal­la­tion mo­bile tow­ers in a re­gion due to sev­eral re­stric­tive con­di­tions placed by the au­thor­i­ties. In­ad­e­quate num­ber and lo­ca­tion of cell sites leads to cus­tomer in­con­ve­nience and call drops.

Shut­ting down of op­er­a­tional cell sites lead to se­ri­ous con­nec­tiv­ity is­sues for the cus­tomers that re­sults in cov­er­age gaps, call drops, net­work con­ges­tion, poor QoS, in­crease in the over­all cost and com­plex­ity of tele­com net­work. Also, in­stal­la­tions of roof-top tow­ers in the res­i­den­tial as well as crit­i­cal busi­ness dis­trict areas is a huge chal­lenge due to pub­lic out­cry on al­leged EMF is­sues by vested in­ter­ests in­clud­ing neigh­bours, etc.

Fur­ther, there are is­sues re­lated to EMF from BTSs mounted on tele­com tow­ers that of­ten arises from mis­placed pub­lic per­cep­tion. The RWAs, etc cur­rently re­strict tower in­stal­la­tions in the res­i­den­tial areas due to per­ceived health haz­ard is­sues from EMF ra­di­a­tions which is con­trary to the re­search find­ings of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO).

In­dus­try has taken sev­eral steps and in­stalled no. of BTS. The sta­tus of BTS has gone from 1,157,649 BTSs in March 2016 to 1,345,470 BTSs in Oc­to­ber 2016. Other key ini­tia­tives in­clude:

Shar­ing Mo­bile Net­work In­fra­struc­ture has emerged as a key trend

De­ploy­ment of DAS/IBS and Low Power BTS

In­no­va­tion in Tower de­ploy­ment such as use of Fiber Re­in­forced Poly­mer (FRP) tele­com tow­ers & por­ta­ble masts/ tow­ers

En­gage­ment with var­i­ous State Gov­ern­ments on align­ment of state poli­cies with DoT Ad­vi­sory Guide­lines

Aware­ness work­shop with ci­ti­zen groups, RWAs, Doc­tors, Academia and Govt.

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