Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav on Saturday launched the kinetic energy portal which will focus on speeding up and accelerating fiber and tower installation approvals, boosting the upcoming 5G rollout and said legal support for Right of Way (RoW) will be given by December. .
The kinetic transmission portal will facilitate the right of way (RoW). As an online platform for industry to apply for RoW approval as they build telecom infrastructure with 5G services, the kinetic energy portal offers an integrated, integrated, centralized approach covering all state and union territories and central government ministries.
For players, it promises to reduce the number of days involved with scheduled permissions, lower costs and easier to do business.
Launching the portal, Vaishnavism stressed the need for legal provisions for the Right of Way and promised to provide strong legal support by December this year.
Simply put, the RoW rules on telecom tower installation and cable installation provide approval, a framework for dispute resolution, and coordinate between industry and various organizations.
Currently, RoW rules are based on administrative processes, and to empower local authorities, to bring clarity to the fee structure and to strengthen accountability, requires strong legal support, Vaishnav explained.
“It simply came to our notice then. In addition, all the portals there, especially the Gati Shakti Portal, Railway Portal, Highway Portal and others … their integration … we will work on these two technical and legal aspects, “Vaishnav said.
Work on these two fronts has already begun, and the integration of the portals is expected in the next 3-4 months when the deadline for providing legal support is at the end of December.
Asked if the legal provisions for RoW would also impose fines if the approval deadline is not met, the minister said accountability and fines are usually linked.
“… otherwise, it is considered permissible,” he said.
The new kinetic transfer portal is expected to significantly simplify the process of RoW approval for players to set up infrastructure, as it offers a centralized and integrated approach to permissions.
Further, the integration of the portal with GIS will give more visibility to the state government and various agencies in optical fiber mesh and digital networks. The RoW approval time has already come down from 100 days to 22 days, praising the state governments for their active role in streamlining Vaishnava processes.
Once work on the technical and legal aspects is completed, the 22-day cycle could be further reduced to one week.
The portal will serve as a facilitator for the telecommunications infrastructure aimed at ‘facilitating business’, the minister said. Timely disposal of RoadW applications from various service and infrastructure providers will enable faster network creation, catalyzing the timely rollout of 5G, the minister said.
The portal will enable applicants – telecom operators and infrastructure providers – to apply for the right of way permission (for installation of optical fiber cable and installation of mobile towers) from the state government and local bodies on a common single site.
For effective monitoring of RoadW applications across the country, the portal has been paired with a dashboard showing the pendency status of state and district based applications.
By simplifying the RoW approval process, the portal will galvanize the optical fiber cable installation, increase the speed of fiberization and increase the density of the tower for connection, ensuring improved broadband speeds and service quality overall.
The portal was created by MP State Electronics Development Corporation.
Industry body COAI praised the initiative, saying that through the portal, telecom service providers and infrastructure providers would be able to submit their applications and the authorities would be able to give timely permission and process for setting up digital network infrastructure.
The vision of this portal is to provide a collaborative institutional arrangement among all stakeholders including Central and State Governments, Central Land Ownership Authority (Railways, Defense, Ports and others), local agencies and service providers to facilitate RoW applications and permissions. Establish digital infrastructure in the country.
SP Kochhar, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), described the new portal as a “milestone” that would enable a vision for a digital India.
Kochhar added that the launch of the portal is an important step in creating a robust process to achieve the goal of ‘broadband for all’ planned in the National Digital Communication Policy-2018.
Currently, the application process for setting up digital infrastructure is delayed due to inconsistencies and uncertainties in policies and procedures adopted at various levels. Thus, a fast-tracking application process is needed to overcome the challenges of implementing the Right of Way Rules-2016.
The portal will bring transparency, accountability and responsiveness to all stakeholders, COAI noted.
TR Dua, director general of the Digital Infrastructure Providers Association (DIPA), said the launch of the portal was a game changer and another milestone for the telecom industry, enabling faster launch of digital infrastructure across the country and reduction of previous delays.
“This is a step towards ‘Ease of Doing Business’ which brings transparency, accountability and responsiveness to all telecom stakeholders in the application process. The ‘Broadband for All’ National Digital Communication Policy 2018 also provides a powerful mechanism for achieving the goals, ”added Dua.