DoT Current Affairs

Cabinet approves installation of telecom towers in cantonments, military areas

The Union Cabinet has approved proposal for revision of policy of Ministry of Defence for providing Defence land to Communication Operators for construction of Shared Communication Towers and allied Infrastructure.

Decision in this regard was taken based on experience in implementing policy and guidelines issued by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for issue of clearance for installation of Mobile Towers.

Key Facts

The revised policy will cover allotment of Defence land on lease and grant of permission in Defence areas and Cantonments to Access Service Licensees and Companies registered with DoT as IP-I (Infrastructure Providers – Category-I) for setting up shared communication towers and allied infrastructure. This move will help to improve the quality of communication services in the Cantonments and Military Stations and help address mobile call drop issues in these localities.

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Union Government allows Online Authentication using Aadhaar for new mobile connections

The Union Government has allowed online authentication using Aadhar for new mobile connections.

In this regard Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued guidelines for Aadhaar Electronic-Know Your Customer (e-KYC).

Key Facts

  • The e-KYC seeks to make the online process of application and authentication faster and simpler for subscribers.
  • Customer through their Aadhaar number and biometrics will online authorise UIDAI to provide demographic details.
  • The details will include name, address, date of birth and gender, along with the digitally-signed photograph, to the mobile operator.
  • The e-KYC seeks to bring down the cost of subscriber acquisition significantly as telecom companies will not have to spend on physical transportation of forms, verification, scanning and storage.
  • Besides it will be an instant, secure and green mobile subscriber verification project, where a customer’s Aadhar card and fingerprints are adequate for both validating and activating prepaid and postpaid connections.

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