Infra for the deployment of 5G: launch of GatiShakti Sanchar for RoW

Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Saturday that legal backing for the right of way (right of way) for telecommunications infrastructure projects will be in place by December this year as he launched the GatiShakti Sanchar portal which aims to expedite approvals for laying fiber and tower installations. , before the deployment of 5G in the country.

The GatiShakti Sanchar portal will enable centralized right-of-way approvals for telecom infrastructure projects and can be used by industry players to request right-of-way approvals, including for 5G services.

The portal has been adopted by all central ministries, state governments and union territories, the telecom minister said.

He added that the current right-of-way approval process is administratively managed and that giving him legal support would help local officials to approve right-of-way applications more quickly, clarify the fee structure and set responsibilities.

Vaishnaw also said the portal has already reduced the time needed for such approvals from almost 100 days to around 22, and legal support will further reduce that time to almost a week.

“Timely retirement of RoW applications from various service and infrastructure providers will enable rapid creation of infrastructure that will facilitate rapid deployment of 5G networks,” Vaishnaw said. The portal’s integration with Geographic Information System (GIS) will also give state governments and various agencies increased visibility into the fiber optic mesh and digital networks in place, he added.

The launch of the portal follows draft policy guidelines to standardize right-of-way procedures across states that were released in April. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT), in the project, proposed a methodology for calculating the area of ​​the right-of-way, the establishment of poles for the deployment of small cells and the use of street furniture for the deployment of small cells, among others.

The Center also plans to link various other portals operated by railways, highways and waterways, among others to the GatiShakti Sanchar portal,

“Work has already started to interconnect these portals and it is expected to be completed within the next 3-4 months,” Vaishnaw said.

The portal, built by the Madhya Pradesh State Electronics Development Corporation, includes a dashboard for application tracking and has already received more than 50,000 RoW applications, of which around 28,000 have been approved.

The industry has welcomed the portal. “The GatiShakti Sanchar portal is an important step towards establishing a robust mechanism to achieve the goal of ‘broadband for all’ as envisaged in the National Digital Communication Policy, 2018,” said SP Kochhar, General Manager. Association of Cellular Operators of India (COAI).

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