Indus Pips Reliance Jio To Bag NDMC Wi-Fi Project

Indus Towers, like Reliance Jio, would convert existing light poles and lamp poles in NDMC area as telecom towers, and would install Wi-Fi points, CCTV cameras besides replacing current light bulbss with LED lights

indus-towers-ndmc-tie-up-wifiIndus Towers has outbid Reliance Jio and is all set to roll out Wi-Fi access points in the entire NDMC area and the company is planning to invest Rs 220 crore in this project. Both NDMC and Indus Towers signed an MoU regarding same.

The MoU was signed today and it will be made functional within 45 days.

“We signed the agreement and will make it commercial in next one and half month,” NDMC chairman Jalaj Shrivastava said.

According to the NDMC City Wide Wi-Fi Project, the winner of the project will have to install Wi-Fi access points, offer free Wi-Fi services and install CCTV cameras in the area. Indus Towers bagged the deal beating Reliance Jio to set up telecom towers in the city. But unlike the conventional practice, as reported by TeleAnalysis earlier, Indus will not be erecting new towers but will reuse the existing electric poles and lamp posts for such purpose.

Reliance Jio has done similar kind of arrangements in the past where it is using lamp post in municipality parks as telecom towers.

As per the plan, Indus Towers will set up its telecom equipments for 2G, 3G or 4G on the lamp posts which will now act as telecom towers. A total of 18,500 such electric lamp posts are there in the NDMC area which will be used for this purpose. Besides installing Wi-Fi access points and CCTV cameras, Indus Towers also has to fit the lamp posts and electric poles with LED lights replacing the existing lighting equipments. This is 10 year agreement, means Indus has to take care of the cameras, Wi-Fi points and LED lights for the next 10 years. The MoU also demands that every year LED lights of 1000 towers to be changed in a regular basis, and this will be taken care of by the tower company.

As per the Wi-Fi plan, users in this area will get 20 minutes of free access and then it will be charged on the user as per the existing tariff plan of the operator.

By replacing existing lighting system with LED lights, NDMC is expected to save around Rs 4.5 crore every year, where as the existing cost to maintain these 18,500 lamp posts is around Rs 9 crore every year.

Not just that, by using the existing structures to install CCTV cameras, NDMC is going to save around Rs 15-20 crore, the agency said. Besides, Indus Towers would pay Rs 13.5 crore annually to NDMC for this purpose.

NDMC has a total of 18,500 lamp posts covering a stretch of 340 kilometers and the area starts from Moti Bagh to Connaught Place in Delhi.

The City Wide Wi-Fi plan was floated in 2013 as a PPP model and Reliance Jio came out as the second top bidder for this project.



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