by NEWSNER , 2021-02-11 16:11:31
The State Capital- Kohima is facing severe mobile network coverage problem thanks to a shortage of mobile towers. While network providers can provide good internet connectivity to its customers, the hindrance allegedly caused by few local panchayat bodies has clothed to be the most important obstacle in enabling the town to get on a par with other cities of the country in terms of network coverage.
Talking to Nagaland Post, a senior telecom official, who chose to stay anonymous, said even once they get clearance from the district administration to line up a tower under Kohima Municipal Council jurisdiction, local panchayat bodies allegedly refuse to issue a no-objection certificate (NOC) for the aim, thus creating a dead-end for the service providers.
Citing radiation emitted by towers because the main reason, the local bodies refuse to issue NOCs, disclosed the official who heads one among the leading network providers within the town. He claimed that telecom department regular monitored radiation levels of each tower within the city to make sure that none of the towers functioned above the permissible limit set by Telecom regulatory agency of India (TRAI), the very best administration for network providers. “Hilly places like Kohima require more towers due to the terrain. Because, even a little hillock, an enormous building or a forest area can obstruct the network path and thus we've to construct more towers to compensate in such cases,” the official explained.
A normal mobile tower can cater to the necessity of around 2,000 users while a mini-tower can provide good coverage to around 300 users. Therefore, if the number of users during a given area rose above that, good internet connectivity got compromised due to heavy traffic, he acknowledged.
And at this rate, he cautioned that internet connectivity scenario appeared grim because the only remedy to the matter was the erection of more towers. And given the stiff resistance from the local bodies, the sole option was to supply internet connection through satellite technology, which could take a couple of more years to succeed in here, he added.
Expressing surprise at the extent of resistance his company had been receiving even after getting the specified land and necessary clearances, the official said he had never faced such a situation while working elsewhere within the country.
Another official from another service providers disclosed to the present correspondent that albeit their head office had given them the green signal to erect 12 towers and 20 mini-towers, additionally to the present existing towers, to satisfy the minimum requirement of its customers, the corporate did not found out any longer towers due to the NOC issue.
Meanwhile, a customer said it had been the average-income group of individuals who were suffering because they depend upon a less expensive sort of internet services. On the opposite hand, those well-to-do people that obstruct tower erection opted broadband for internet, which the overall population couldn't afford, he lamented.
While good internet connectivity has become essential for everybody today, especially for college kids and therefore the labour, lack of enough knowledge on the safe limits of radiation emission appears to possess emerged because of the biggest hindrance towards ensuring proper network coverage.