India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has approved recommendations from TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) to permit operators to share active tower infrastructure.
Until now, operators have only been allowed to share passive infrastructure including the towers, shelters, cooling systems, AC and DC power supply, diesel generators, air conditioning, site leases and other electrical and civil works. With the new changes, the operators will be able to share key electronic components such as antennas, feeder cables, nodes, radio access network, transmission systems and backhaul.
This helps operators to start their service in new zones without having to wait for installing their own infrastructure. The new operator can share the active infrastructure with other existing operators. According to TRAI, India requires 330,000 towers by 2010 against 100,000 towers currently, and 500 million subscribers by 2010.