State-run BSNL is set to install 50 ‘zero base’ mobile towers, which are aesthetically better looking, clustered with multiple functions.
They are bringing in the concept of a ‘zero site’ where the tower can be used as a WiFi hotspot and street light. Camera and the radio units can be hidden inside the pole or underneath too!
“We are focusing on zero base towers as if you see in India, the skyline is scattered with so many towers and it sometimes become an eyesore. We are also looking for a tower which could have multi functionalities like it can work as an WiFi hotspot, it can work as a light emission tower, it can work as a camera plus tower,” said Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman and Managing Director, BSNL.
The cost of these towers are likely to be higher (around 8-10 lakh each) than the existing ones but, the cost can be shared amongst the operators. BSNL will introduce a tender for the this facility in March and BSNL is likely to come out with a concept for the same.
“Slowly we can replace all ugly looking towers which are spoiling the skyline to a very good camouflaged eye soothing towers,” Anupam added.