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Solution to ''call drops''unveiled in Delhi

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New Delhi, Jul 5 (UNI) The problem of ''call drops'' being faced by mobile users will be reduced, particularly in metro cities, as infrastructure sharing by the telecom service providers today got operational at three flagship sites in Delhi Service Area under Project MOST -- Mobile Operators Shared Towers.

There are 25 to 35 ''Dark Spots'' (where no cellular coverage is available) in Central and South Delhi alone, which results into frequent ''call drops'', according to the telecom industry.

Minister for Urban development Jaipal Reddy inaugurated the flagship shared towers located at Delhi High Court, Rajokri and Dhansa in DSA, while Minister of Communications and Information Technology Thiru Dayanidhi Maran flagged off the Project MOST for other towns and city in the country.

Mr Maran asked the captains of the telecom industry to come up with the procedures to share infrastructure to curtail spendings.

''Why do we waste money on setting up separate towers?'' he said.

Sharing of passive infrastructure like towers etc by telecom operators will save significant resources to fund further roll out, enhance aesthetics of the environment and lower the costs per operator, he added.

He further stated that between 8,000 to 10,000 towers are likely to be set up, which will ensure coverage in almost 85 per cent of the area of the country with wireless signal after completion of the project.

He also emphasised upon providing quality service to the consumers.

Telecom Minister said after one tower, mobile operators should also look for sharing one antena.

Under Project MOST, the special committee of AUSPI, COAI and TEMA under the chairmanship of DoT Joint Secretary M Sahu has decided to share one roof top tower among four operators while ground based tower among seven.

The project team has brought together both GSM and CDMA operators, public and private sectors players and independent infrastructure providers to establish infrastructure creation on sharing basis.

Earlier in his inaugural address, the Urban Development Minister appreciated the vision of Mr Maran for initiating the idea of infratructure sharing in the telecom sector, and said the cellular service was not only an instrument of communication but also an instrument for empowerment. Mobile telephony has empowered the weaker sections of the society, especially women, Mr Reddy said.

He promised all support to the telecom industry and stressed on the extension of Project MOST to the rural areas.

On problem in installing structures in DDA colonies, Mr Reddy said he would assure that there should be no problem.

He further extended full cooperation of his ministry to the telecom sector, which is generating revenue of over Rs 85,000 crore, increasing at the rate of 21 per cent per annum.

UNI VJ ARB HT1800

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