Small spectrum, fewer number of cell towers with low capacity to handle more calls and growing numbers of subscribers are some of the challenges that country’s mobile operators are facing. The
International Telecommunications Union along with experts from different fields has stressed the need for all state governments working closely with service providers to ensure that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of a digital India is realised.
“India has about 935 million mobile connections, which are made possible with an interconnected network of about 5 lakh cell towers at present. Future growth of mobile networks offering 3G, 4G and other advanced technologies will depend heavily on building additional cell towers. Can Digital India be realised without mobile towers, without a proper network of fibre optics, without higher broadband speed,” asked Rajan S Mathews, director general of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).