TRAI recommends DoT to Use Optical Fibre Network to Extend Telecom Coverage in Himachal Pradesh

Telecom regulator TRAI on Monday urged that the Division of Telecommunications ought to method the defence ministry for accessing a part of its optical fibre community or appropriate bandwidth to increase telecom protection within the far-flung areas of Himachal Pradesh.

The regulator really useful that in 4 districts — Lahaul and Spiti, Mandi, Kullu and Chamba — the villages which might be but to be related below BharatNet Venture must be instantly related on VSAT media that may be surrendered as quickly because the optical fibre cable (OFC) backhaul is made accessible.

The recognized districts have 181 uncovered villages, of which 14 are deliberate to be lined below the ‘354 villages scheme’ and 142 are to be lined below ‘Saturation of 4G Cell’ scheme of USOF. These schemes nonetheless miss 25 villages from telecom protection.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in its suggestions on “bettering telecom connectivity and infrastructure in far-flung areas of Himachal Pradesh” urged that the Division of Telecommunications (DoT) ought to take up with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for allocation of 1 or two pairs of OFC on NFS community for extending telecom protection (together with broadband companies) to the villages situated in far-flung or border areas within the state below BharatNet mission.

“In case the identical just isn’t possible, MoD could also be approached to allocate appropriate bandwidth on its present useful OFC to increase the telecom protection to such villages,” Trai stated.

Underneath Venture Kranti, also called Community For Spectrum (NFS), a nationwide OFC community is being applied by BSNL, whereby virtually 60,000 kilometres of OFC is being rolled out for unique use by defence forces in lieu of 65MHz spectrum surrendered by the defence for public sale by the DoT.

The regulator stated that it’s already in receipt of a reference on enabling ICR for distant and hilly areas steadily vulnerable to pure disaster-based emergency conditions and it’ll provide you with separate suggestions on this regard after due consultations.

TRAI has really useful that capital expenditure (Capex) and working expenditure (Opex) required for offering telecom infrastructure and connectivity to the 25 uncovered villages (falling below the three income districts of Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu and Chamba) must be funded by the federal government by way of Common Companies Obligation Fund (USOF).

“The authority recommends that DoT might take up the case with the state authorities of HP for not levying any RoW (proper of means) prices to telecom service suppliers and IP-Is for connecting distant and hilly areas within the state together with all areas in 4 districts,” TRAI stated.

The regulator has urged that the DoT ought to take up with the state authorities, NHAI and BRO, that in all highway development, highway widening or different associated works must be carried out with prior coordination with telecom operators, and the legal responsibility of contractor for making funds for damages to telecom networks must be included ab-initio within the contracts.

“DoT also needs to take up with the state authorities of HP to discover the potential of setting up utility ducts in all future highway widening and new highway development tasks. This may assist in fast roll-out of all utility infrastructure, together with telecom, within the state,” TRAI stated.

The regulator has urged that the DoT ought to take up with the Himachal authorities to contemplate offering electrical energy to telecom websites inside 15 days of connections request at utility or industrial tariff and think about waiving off final mile set up prices for extending electrical connection to telecom websites in distant and hilly areas.


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