Record Notes of "Neutral Digital Connectivity Infrastructure (DCI) in Buildings"

About This Workshop


In today’s hyper-connected world, reliable and robust digital connectivity has become an essential requirement for any building, be it residential, commercial, or industrial. Just as we assess buildings for their structural integrity, Water supply, and electrical systems, evaluating their DCI has become equally crucial.

Advancements in technology have significantly impacted personal and professional lives, governance, and business models globally. Smart devices and online services require good digital connectivity, with the United Nations emphasizing its importance for societal and economic benefits. Emerging technologies like 5G, IoT, AI, and AR/VR are driving convergence of telecommunication services and socio-economic development.

Relevance and significance of DCI

Digital Connectivity (DCI) ready buildings embrace seamless connectivity, interoperability, and accessibility to diverse digital services. DCI is essential for accessing essential services like health, education, work, and entertainment. However, if DCI is not up to standard, the users may be constrained and cut off from the world. Users demand long-term provision and maintenance of DCI. Therefore, it is imperative that the building bye-laws include DCI provisions and standards allowing for future developments for at least 15-20 years.

Town and Country Planning Organization, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs have published Model Building Bye Laws (MBBL, 2016) which contains the provisions for all building services. This was issued an addendum to MBBL 2016 – “Provisions for In-Building Solutions- Digital Communication Infrastructure” in March 2022 as Annexure -III to the MBBL which drew reference from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Recommendations on In-Building Access by Telecom Service Providers of 2017 and was issued after seeking comments from TRAI, BIF and other stakeholders. The addendum was circulated to all to States and UTs with a request to amend their respective Building Bye Laws by incorporating the same. So far about 10 states have amended their Building Bye Laws and incorporated the addendum.

Broadband India Forum (BIF) realizing the significance of neutral digital connectivity infrastructure (DCI) in buildings, proposes a National Workshop in collaboration with and support from Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and Department of Telecommunication (DoT) on 28th February, 2024. The broad objective of the workshop shall be the following:

  • To increase the awareness on neutral digital connectivity infrastructure (DCI) in buildings and the potential benefit in terms of high-speed internet enabling high data intensive applications.
  • Sensitizing and facilitating the State and UT Government officials to incorporate and drive the provisions of DCI and in their respective Building Bye-Laws to ensure a seamless integration in the building permission system.
  • To facilitate deliberations between various stakeholders such as TSPs/IP1s, the State Government officials in terms of providing solutions to install DCI infrastructure.
  • To highlight the latest technological advancements/ intervention in installing DCI in various type of buildings.

Outcome/ Key Deliverables:

  • Increased awareness of neutral digital connectivity infrastructure (DCI) in buildings.
  • Recommendations based on deliberations and discussion at the workshop.

Who should attend:

  1. MOHUA
  2. DoT
  3. TRAI
  4. State Telecom and UD Department (nearby, done, not yet)
  5. Urban Local Bodies and Urban Development Authorities
  6. Telecom Service Provider TSPs/ IP1s
  7. CPWD/ Delhi PWD
  8. NBCC (National Buildings Construction Corporation)
  9. BMPTC (Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council)
  10. HUDCO
  11. BIS
  12. NHAI
  13. TSDSI
  14. MCD/ NDMC/ Municipal Corporations of Mumbai/ Kolkata/ Chennai
  16. TSSC
  18. Smart City
  19. RailTel
  20. Developers

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