Strict regulations enforced for rooftop internet tower installations

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Mobile telecom tower in Yangon Region. Photo: Phoe Khwar

Rooftop internet towers are installed only under the permission of Directorate of Telecommunications, said Yangon mayor U Maung Maung Soe.
He was responding to a question raised by Mayangon Township Hluttaw representative U Yan Shin at the 15th-day meeting of the seventh regular session of Second Yangon Region Hluttaw on 3 October. The question asked which department permits the installation of telephone lines, internet lines and internet towers of MPT, Ooredoo, Telenor and Mytel, the average weights and which organisation inspets the buildings and the towers.
Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe said the Directorate of Telecommunications grants permission to construct the antenna tower. When installing internet towers to improve the communications network, applications must first be submitted to the Directorate of Telecommunications. The directorate then coordinates with Yangon Region government for the relevant companies to install the internet towers. Systematic assessment of notification letters sent to relevant districts and townships coordinated by communications network extension coordination committee under the instruction of the regional government.
Only after assessments were made that there are no objections from the administrative viewpoint, will the Directorate of Telecommunications issue the work permit for internet tower installation.
Buildings on which the internet tower will be installed are also checked by the Myanmar Engineering Council certified engineer on whether it could withstand the weight of the tower. Application then had to be submitted to the Directorate of Telecommunications with supporting documents endorsed by the certified engineer. The Directorate of Telecommunications also checks whether the proposed internet tower meets the 15-point requirement for internet tower, published by the directorate, said the Yangon mayor.
Hluttaw representative U Yan Shin also pointed out that even though the 15-point
requirement said that the consent of all occupants of the top floor of the building is required for the tower to be installed, there had been complaints of this being done with one or two occupants’ consent only, and thus assessments need to be made.
The average weight of an internet tower on rooftops ranges from 352 kg to 945 kg, depending on the installed accessories, it is learnt.

By Nyein Nyein

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