Telecom Ministry warns against fake mobile tower installation ahead of 5G rollout in India

Beware of this 5G tower installation scam.

Highlights
  • Telecom industry stakeholders have warned against the fake installation of mobile towers on their properties in the country.
  • The mobile towers are installed by telecom infrastructure providers like Indus Towers, Tower Vision, etc.
  • 5G mobile network is expected to roll out by the end of this year.

Telecom industry stakeholders have warned the general public against the fraud related to installation of mobile towers on their properties in the country as the country gears up for the 5G rollout. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and the Digital Infrastructure Providers’ Association (DIPA) have said that people must observe caution against certain companies, agencies, or individuals who might approach them, asking to deposit money in their accounts in the name of government tax for renting their premises for installation of mobile towers.

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Furthermore, the same individuals are providing fake “No Objection Certificates” from the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology for the installation of towers, said the officials.

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Telecom industry stakeholders have warned the general public against the fraud installation of mobile towers on their properties. For those unaware, mobile towers are not installed either by telecom service providers (TSP) or infrastructure providers (IPs). They are installed by telecom infrastructure providers like Indus Towers, Tower Vision, Ascend Telecom, American Tower Corporation, and Summit Digital Infrastructure.

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IPs are taking several steps to caution the public about the frauds and have devised various modes to collect the information about potential locations through various channels such as toll-free numbers, websites, email etc,” said T.R. Dua, DG, DIPA. Furthermore, the industry bodies have requested people to verify authenticity by visiting the websites of TSPs or IPs before accepting any tower installation.

Mobile towers are quintessential to ensure uninterrupted connectivity, support various critical services and maintain communication across the states. The public suffers gravely owing to the fraud related to mobile towers,” said Lt Gen Dr S.P. Kochhar, DG, COAI. This, however, is causing a sense of insecurity toward the team working on the ground to build a robust communication network.

The telecom industry remains committed to providing the best quality of services to its customers. Hence, we have collaborated with DIPA to build the required robust infrastructure,” Kochhar added.