The state cabinet of Goa has granted approval to amend the ‘Telecom Infrastructure Policy’ for rolling out 5G mobile services in the state. The decision is likely to provide relief to consumers who face mobile connectivity issues.

The Ministry of Communications (Department of Telecommunications) has notified the ‘Indian Telegraph Right of Way Rules, 2016’ for the establishment of an underground/overground telegraph line. Subsequently, the Union government amended the Indian Telegraph Right of Way Rules, 2016 in the years 2017, 2021 and 2022, intending to incorporate the provisions related to nominal one-time compensation and uniform procedure for establishment of overground telegraph line in the Indian Telegraph Right of Way Rules, 2016.

On similar lines, Goa’s Telecom Infrastructure Policy 2020 was drafted by the department by seeking inputs from various telecom service providers (TSPs) and the same was also circulated among various stakeholder departments. Accordingly, based on the suggestions/inputs received from various departments, the Telecom Infrastructure Policy was prepared by the department of information technology, electronics, and communications. Thereafter, the policy was placed for approval before the council of ministers by secretary (IT) and was subsequently approved.