The scope of telecom
infrastructure providers (IP) in the country should be enhanced to
include provisioning of common sharable active infrastructure to all
concerned entities, the Broadband India Forum (BIF) said on Monday.
a statement, the industry body said that enhancing the scope would lead
to more efficient utilisation of resources, reduce cost for all
players, make available affordable tariffs and help in expeditious
rollout of 'next generation' services such as 5G for the customers.
advancing technology and the proliferation of applications,
next-generation and value-added services are rapidly emerging which use
the networks/services of existing TSPs at higher layers.
next-generation, value-added services and applications are invaluable,
not only to end users, but also to all the stakeholders in the value
chain and the economy as a whole," it said.
In this situation,
empowering the infrastructure providers could prove highly beneficial to
the growth trajectory of communications technology in India, according
"Hence, it is imperative that IP1s (IP Category-1) be
provided Right of Way (RoW) to enable expeditious rollout of the
critically needed infrastructure," the statement said.
Ramachandran, President, BIF, said: "The opportunity is ripe for review
of the scope for IP1s to cope with the ongoing huge data explosion as
well as data growth, that is likely to arise out of next-generation
services such as 5G and IoT/M2M.
"We would like to thank the
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for bringing out the
consultation paper for discussion on enhancement of scope for IP1s and
have respectfully submitted our views and recommendations on the same."