DIPA Writes to Telecom Secretary Calling for Sharing of Fiber for 5G


The monetary well being of the Indian telecom sector will not be superb. The telecom operators are already doing as a lot as they will to aggressively construct infrastructure for a profitable 5G rollout. Nevertheless, there are nonetheless many challenges earlier than them. The Digital Infrastructure Suppliers Affiliation (DIPA) has written to the telecom secretary, Ok Rajaraman, expressing the necessity for fiber penetration in India and likewise contemplating permitting telcos to share fiber with one another.

Deploying optical fiber cable (OFC) throughout India could be a really tough job to even obtain within the medium-term. With out fiber backhaul, it could be laborious for the telcos to supply a superb 5G expertise to the shoppers. It’s value noting that deploying OFC will not be solely laborious but additionally a really expensive affair. Wanting on the present monetary well being of the sector, DIPA has requested Rajaraman to discover the thought of sharing OFC networks for 5G deployment. It might assist the telcos in financial savings in each opEx and capEx. Additional, such a transfer would add positively to the money movement of the businesses.

Sharing OFC networks would additionally be sure that there isn’t a duplication of infrastructure. Furthermore, the time to marketplace for the telcos with new applied sciences and companies would cut back in a number of components of the nation.

T.R. Dua, Digital Infrastructure Suppliers Affiliation (DIPA), mentioned that solely 35.1% of towers in India are at the moment related by fiber. Many within the business have mentioned that this determine ought to ideally attain 70% within the close to time period to allow a profitable digital future for India. In keeping with a GSMA report, the telecom gamers in India are anticipated to speculate round $19.5 billion within the growth of superior infrastructure for 5G by 2025.