The COAI has placed new rules to install mobile networks and optical fibers to reduce call drops and increase broadband speed in India.
According to the COAI, there will be new rules for mobile tower installations. Along with new towers, new optical cables will reduce call drops. The new regulation will reduce not only call drops but also increase the broadband speed. It will enhance the mobile network services for the customers. There will be no network fluctuations and no reduction in internet speed. The new regulation is one of the best decisions of COAI made till date. You just cannot deny that innumerable people faced network connectivity issues and call drops. Especially in the rural sectors. Because mobile towers are at long distances from one another in rural areas.
What does Cellular Operations Associations of India (COAI) have to say on this?
The new rules are going to enable the operators for improving the network coverage. It will focus on the issue of call drops. This is why it is going to benefit the customers. Good news for consumers, they can now use the broadband at a better speed. After installing new optical cables, there will be an improvement in internet speeds. The rules have clear instruction to the state and local network providers. They have to place better optical fibers.
The instructions for local authorities and municipalities
These new regulations are Right of Way rules by the Telecom department. It will improve customer experience a lot. According to this rule, many states will get optical cables in a short time. According to the reports of The Indian Express, the rules are set up under Indian Telegraph Act of 1885. And this act states the COAI has the rights to set instructions for local authorities. If the local authorities cannot take steps to establish towers, DOT will take actions. The municipalities are also instructed to make sure time bound installations for telecom networks.
The complaints of network operators
There are a lot of mobile network operators at the moment. And most of the times, the operators blame local authorities for unnecessary disturbances. For instance, local authorities demand a bribe to set mobile towers or optical fibers. And if a lump sum amount of money is not paid to them, they do not grant permission for setting up mobile networks. This delay the network rollout time. There are complaints of too high prices to place the optical cables. The price goes up to as high as seven crores per kilometer for setting up optical fibers and underground cables.
Rules for permitting mobile network installation
The authorities MUST grant the permit to set up the mobile network and optical fibers. It has to be within 60 days. The application of any telecom operator may get rejected. But the permitting authority should provide valid reasons for rejection in writing. The governing body has to reply within 60 days. If they don’t the application of that particular telecom operator gets permitted by default. The COAI has banned any extra fees, lease rentals or charges. There are no license fees from the telecom operators. This has reduced the unnecessary fees levied to the telecom operators. They would only pay for the necessary work and labor and the cost of installation. In case any damage during installation, the particular telecom operator will pay it.
The fees to install mobile network
There are administrative expenses. And the operators need to pay a certain fee for their applications. This is to examine the application, the proposed work, and its legitimacy. But that fee is a minimal amount and it is mandatory. The administrative fee cannot exceed more than Rs 1000 per kilometer. The DoT (department of telecommunication) has prescribed reasonable rates and mentioned time bound authorization. Let us now hope that mobile networks and broadband speeds will improve. And local authorities will follow the regulations.