Reliance's new telecom towers may double as street lights

Summary:India's Reliance Industries reportedly setting up three-in-one telecom towers to gear up for 4G rollout, which will also double up as video surveillance and street lights.

Indian telco Reliance Industries (RIL) is reportedly planning to set up three-in-one telecom towers--which besides helping to support the rollout of its 4G services--will also function as street lights as well as feature video cameras for street surveillance.

RIL is set to launch 4G operations this year through its subsidiary Infotel Broadband, according to a report Sunday by the Hindu Business Line (HBL).

The towers would support Infotel's 4G equipment such as base transceiver stations, and video cameras for street surveillance, noted the news daily. It added there would also be lighting equipment mounted on them to allow the towers to double as street lights, citing sources close to the development.

The company is in talks with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to set up about 8,000 such towers in the metro, which if successful will be expanded to other cities, noted HBL.

It noted other countries such as Zimbabwe, China and Japan have been experimenting with such innovations to reduce the cost and space for utilities and services.

Topics: Telcos, Emerging Tech, India, Networking


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