The state cabinet of Goa has decided to provide 2,000 sq. ft. of space for each tower location, free of cost, on government land or land belonging to any government department or institution for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). The move is expected to improve 4G mobile network in the state.

As per the 4G saturation policy, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has asked various state governments to extend their support for the implementation of 4G mobile services. Additionally, the state cabinet has also decided to extend power supply at the allocated sites, and if the same is not available as on date, provision shall be made in a time-bound manner within the next three months.

The government of Goa has received a request from BSNL for granting free right-of-way (RoW) permission to lay optical fibre cables (OFC) in planned locations as well as no-objection certificate (NOC) for towers in 70 locations under the 4G saturation project. Meanwhile, the cabinet has also approved BSNL’s request wherein the operator had sought a waiver of one-time processing fees of Rs 10,000 towards registration charges for the erection of mobile towers as stipulated in the Goa Infrastructure Telecom Policy 2020.