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Kerala government to install telecom towers on government buildings

October 12, 2017

The Kerala state government has decided to install telecom towers on government buildings and critical locations. Upon completion, these towers will be leased to telecom operators. The Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Limited (KSITIL) has been tasked with this responsibility. These 'shared towers' will be erected on the basis of the request of telecom service providers.

In 2015, the state government had allowed telecom operators to set up mobile towers on government buildings.  However, the decision was later withdrawn due to protests. Presently, the state has close to 16,000 towers. Most towers are shared by two or more telecom operators. Further, the total number of base stations is nearly 84,000.

KSITIL will construct the shared towers after getting due clearance from the district telecom committees and a state-level high power committee headed by IT secretary. The view of the Telecom Enforcement and Resource Monitoring (TERM) cell will also be obtained before setting up the towers. This move is a major relief for operators who face hurdles in setting up mobile phone towers due to public protests.


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