New guidelines for telecom infrastructure sharing

April 1st, 2008 - 7:53 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) In a move that is expected to lower the infrastructure costs for telecom operators, the government Tuesday unveiled new guidelines on sharing such facilities, including transmission systems and cables. “Under the guidelines, sharing active infrastructure among service providers, based on mutual agreements entered among them, is permitted,” said a statement issued by the communications ministry.

“Active infrastructure sharing will be limited to antenna, feeder cable, nodes, radio access network and transmission system only. Sharing of allocated spectrum will not be permitted,” the statement added.

The move follows the Telecom Regulatory of India’s (TRAI) decision to end a levy on service providers that was used by the state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) towards rural telephony, which was found commercially not lucrative.

“The guidelines are aimed at reducing input costs on telecom access providers, which the telecom ministry hopes would facilitate reduced tariff and increased tele-density in rural areas.”

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