Active Infrastructure Sharing – A Key Enabler of Wireless Networks


  • Tilak Raj Dua Director General, TAIPA, New Delhi, India



Tower cos, infrastructure, sharing, telecom sector, passive infrastructure, mobile tower, small cell, active network elements, Telecom, sharing infrastructure, IoT, 5G


Innovations and dynamic technological developments motivated the era of Information and Communications. We have witnessed revolution in communication and pattern as well as in the need of connecting world. Telecom industry is always been the core of digitization. Current pandemic situation has reflected new business and connectivity models and huge dependency on the telecom sector. The telecom network enables virtual work and meetings, education, financial transaction, e commerce, health, social meetings, webinars etc. Apart from the common usage for entertainment in terms of OTT, social media – the telecom network has become fundamental to contactless transactions – telemedicine, contactless courier delivery, online shopping etc. This paper presents an overview of telecom infrastructure model, concept of infrastructure sharing and its advantages. It also discusses various factors affecting infrastructure sharing.


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Author Biography

Tilak Raj Dua, Director General, TAIPA, New Delhi, India

Tilak Raj Dua received his B.Sc. Engineering degree in Electronics from Punjab University, Chandigarh, India and Credential in Business Management and Export Management from Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Vadodara, India.

Mr. Dua is the recipient of “Evangelist Mobile Infrastructure Award” by Hon’ble Minister of Telecommunications, India. Mr. Dua has also completed specialisation courses such as Electromagnetic interference and Electromagnetic compatibility, Satellite communication, Microwave communication – Tropo scatter and Spectrum Management.

In Feb 2020, Mr. Dua was awarded “Amity National Leadership Award” For Industry Commitment Towards Green Technology.

Mr. Dua has Multidisciplinary understanding of the needs of the Telecom sector in the fields like Technology Selection, Technology Absorption, Technology Up gradation, Resolution of Regulatory issues, Telecom Licensing, Compatibility issues understanding between various technologies.

During his association with telecom sector, he has held very prestigious posts such as Deputy Director General, COAI, Director in Bharti Airtel Limited and Dy Director, Indian Air Force Limited.

Presently heading TAIPA as Director General, Mr. Dua is also associated with ITUAPT Foundation of India as co- chairman and with GISFI as its vice chairman.

His experience includes all facets of telecom be it Product Development, Business Development, Telecom Licensing, Regulatory issues, infrastructure sharing, Spectrum Related Issues, Efficient Utilization and Spectrum refarming etc. He has many first to his credit like finalization of joint ventures, technical collaboration, introduction of new product, launch of cellular services in India and finalization of license agreements/interconnect agreements.


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