As many people are working from home and students are doing classes online, the demand for uninterrupted broadband services has gone up drastically in New Town. The New Town Telecom Infrastructure Development Company (NTTIDCO), a subsidiary of the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco), has now planned to identify the shadow zones in New Town, where broadband reach is often difficult.
Officials said the pandemic has increased the dependency on internet, both on mobile data and broadband.
After Hidco officials held a review meeting with officials of TRAI and several service providers, it was found that internet services in New Town have been satisfactory till now except for some shadow zones in remote locations.
Officials said these shadow zones will be identified by NTTIDCO, which will then engage an agency to conduct a quick survey. Special attention will be given by Hidco to see how rapid action connection (RAC) could be done in these places by putting in additional resources on a war footing. NTTIDCO is also working on plans to develop six Wi-Fi hotspots in different parts of New Town.
Apart from this, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) plans to impart a provision in its building rules to have proper telecom infrastructure in all highrises and commercial establishments with basement, including cable ducting, tower locations and allied matters for the convenience of residents.
Officials said that a committee will be formed by NKDA that will comprise officials from the telecom sector and representatives of the NKDA building plan wing, which will come up with advisories and draft the regulations.
A workshop will also be conducted to see how best-in-world internet speeds can be provided to institutions coming up at Bengal Silicon Valley.