Indian regulator intros digital connectivity rating for big buildings

Indian regulator intros digital connectivity rating for big buildings

Big buildings in India will soon have digital connectivity ratings on the lines of green rating. The new rating will be based on the quality of telephone and internet services offered in the buildings.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a discussion paper on the rating of buildings or areas for digital connectivity as the telecom regulator took note of "huge gaps" in meeting the quality demands of users inside and across complexes.

The paper also provides details on the provisions in various laws and guidelines for the development of telecom infrastructure in an area or building and suggests measures to include digital connectivity infrastructure as a key component for the completion of a building or development of an area, with legal backing.

The paper proposes value addition to the buildings or areas by introducing digital connectivity infrastructure evaluations, and award ratings in terms of points, based on the quality of experience set in a scientific way involving a combination of field measurements, users’ experience of digital connectivity provided in their buildings or premises, the regulator said in a statement.

The rating will be made mandatory for public places like airports. Public opinion is now being elicited on the question of whether the new rating should be implemented in private buildings or not.

The demand for digital connectivity has increased manifolds in recent years, and the pandemic further accentuated this demand. Accordingly, various policy interventions have been taken by the TRAI so far.

According to TRAI, the latest consultation paper suggests a road map for creating an enabling environment for the creation of an ecosystem in designing, implementing, operating, maintaining, and expanding connectivity through upgradations to meet future challenges of digital connectivity inside buildings and areas.

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