Haryana govt announces Communication, Connectivity Infrastructure policy

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Chandigarh/June 12
Haryana government on Wednesday notified Communication and Connectivity Infrastructure Policy-2013.
Haryana Electronics and Information Technology department spokesperson said that Haryana being among the first few States to have established core IT infrastructure to facilitate the e-enablement of life and work, the State Government intended to strengthen the core information and communication infrastructure and further facilitate effective transformation of the socio-economic scenario through accelerated equitable and inclusive economic growth.
“This will be done by encouraging provision of quality infrastructure for connectivity and telecommunication services across the State, especially in the rural and remote areas of the State in a uniform and time bound manner. The new policy will encourage the use of latest technology advancements in the telecom sector such as Fibre to the Home (FTTH) and innovative business models such as the Open Access Network (OAN) where physical access to the network is separated from the delivery of services,’ said the spokesperson, adding that the policy provides a futuristic roadmap for creation of an enabling infrastructure through pre-laid Optic Fibre Cable (OFC), with sufficient bandwidth in proper ducts as part of the development infrastructure so as to allow multiple service providers to use the same infrastructure on sharing basis rather than the clamour for space by multiple infrastructure providers on individual basis.
“Any telecom infrastructure provider registered with the Department of Telecommunications or any telecom services provider licensed from the Department of Telecommunication or an infrastructure provider duly authorised by a licensee to lay the communication and connectivity infrastructure is eligible to seek permissions under this policy to lay OFC, erect Ground Based Masts (GBMs), Mobile and Communication Towers within the areas of Urban Local Bodies, Gram Panchayats, statutory authorities like the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the Haryana State Agriculture Marketing Board (HSAMB) or other state agencies such as the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and the land belonging to the State Government Departments like Public Works Department (Building and Roads), Forests, Irrigation, Revenue, Agriculture, Development and Panchayat,” the spokesperson said.
He said that permission for Right of Way (RoW) or Right of Use (RoU) and installation of the associated infrastructure shall be provided to an eligible applicant desirous of establishing underground communication infrastructure, dish antennas, erection of GBMs, mobile towers and communication towers, and poles for laying over-head cables on a Non-Exclusive Basis under this policy.
“However, given the space constraints for RoW for multiple service providers in any specific area, the principle of first mover advantage will operate and the subsequent entrant, if any, may need to share the infrastructure capacity already laid by first-moving service provider,” he said.
The spokesperson added that the concerned state agencies or private developers are advised to earmark a pre-defined route alignment along the internal road circulation network as per the required specifications, with or without a duct, as a part of their development works for laying of the communication infrastructure so as to avoid repeated digging or to facilitate the infrastructure providers seeking permissions to lay the cables in future.

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