Indian Network Opposing Order to Remove Towers from Schools, Hospitals

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India's mobile networks are collaborating on a legal challenge to a ruling that their towers must be removed from all schools and hospital buildings in Rajasthan by the end of this year.

Along with the costs and disruption the court order would entail, there is also concern that it could be repeated in other Indian states if unchallenged.

Trade groups representing both the GSM and CDMA networks are working together to oppose the ruling, which they argue goes against telecom department guidelines.

A spokesman of the CDMA trade group, the Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers told the Economic Times that they "would work closely with COAI to tackle the serious ramifications of the Rajasthan HC order".

The other concern is that shutting down the affected base stations would leave the networks breaching quality of service standards imposed by the regulator.

In a recent communique to Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, Sibal has also claimed that compliance of the high court order would hit critical communication requirements in the state and impact law and order.

On the web: Economic Times

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