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Govt planning to address RoW issues to improve BTS fiberisation for 5G

11 Apr 2022

Around a third of base transceiver stations (BTS) in India are connected to fibre networks, reducing the potential footprint of 5G networks when the technology is introduced, the Indian Express writes, citing Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. The minister told parliament that 793,551 of the roughly 2.3 million BTS in service as at 1 February 2022 were fiberised, equivalent to around 34.5% of the sites. Fiberisation of BTS is an important component for the deployment of 5G networks but service providers in India have faced obstacles in connecting the majority of their sites to fibre. According to the minister, the main barriers have been related to Right of Way (RoW), with providers facing high costs, complex processes and delays due to the failure of state authorities to align RoW rules with those set by the central government. To address the issue, the minister said that the government is creating a collaborative institutional mechanism for the central government, states and local bodies for common RoW, standardisation of costs and timelines for approval, and removal of barriers for grant of approvals.

India, Department of Telecommunications (DoT)

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