The government intends to make the installation of telecommunications infrastructure mandatory in the construction of housing

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The government intends to make amendments to the National Building Code and Model Building Regulations to require the installation of telecommunications equipment in housing complexes and premises.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued draft Right of Way (RoW) Guidelines for the construction of telecommunications infrastructure across the country to update previous laws and refine them to meet deployment requirements of the 5G network.

Since the signals transmitted for the service will travel at very high speeds while covering shorter distances, telecommunications companies will need to locate 5G installations closer to the ground. Unlike 2G, 3G, and 4G hotspots, 5G hotspots need to be closer to devices.

“In-Building Solutions (IBS) for laying cables or installing telecommunications infrastructure should be made mandatory inside housing projects and premises,” the draft ROW guidelines state. .

The entity deploying the telecommunications infrastructure “will not require any authorization from the Authority to establish telecommunications infrastructure on any private property within the jurisdiction of the authority”, he added.

The project proposes to remove application fees and compensation for the use of street furniture such as electricity poles, traffic lights, billboards, etc. established by any person or entity on the property of any local or government authority, for the installation of small cells and necessary fiber optic cables. connect small cells.

The draft also proposes to remove fees for installing telecommunications infrastructure on central government buildings and structures.

The previous right-of-way guidelines were issued in 2016, but it took a long time for most states to comply with the standards. Some states still have not adopted the old guidelines.

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