New Delhi, April 19: Telecom regulator TRAI has begun a pilot project at Deoghar in Jharkhand to showcase a common duct that can hold fibres and cables from multiple service providers, eliminating the need for digging up of roads.
TRAI chairman R.S Sharma said that the concept of common shared infrastructure had dispelled the myth that each service provider must individually own the entire backbone. That's not true anymore.
This project will help to bring all the cables together at one go without digging in anything. This will save time, energy and hardwork.
"Because of the tower sharing policy that myth has been broken. You (the service provider) can compete at the front end and yet not compete at the back-end infrastructure level. There can be collaboration at the back-end and hence common shared infrastructure assumes importance.", said Sharma.
He also claimed that cable, telecom and utility service providers digging up land for fibre is a persistent issue. This will bring down the land pollution that we are creating.
"We are talking about a common duct in which every entity who wants to pull their cable - at least fibre and power - can do so. Once you put a duct, for next 20-25 years the same duct can be used for cable or telecom. It will even allow the municipality to earn revenue," he said.
The bidding process for this will start within one month and then the work on the duct can take place in the next 6 months.