August 3, 2018
TRAI said that indigenous telecom equipment design, development, and manufacturing should be monitored by the Department of Telecommunications under Ministry of Communications
TRAI added that India should aim to achieve 'net zero imports of telecom equipments' by 2022. For this, Telecom Equipment Manufacturing Council (TEMC), should recommend focus areas
Educational and technical institutes offering specialization in telecom technologies and system design should be set up /identified near the telecom products development clusters
The regulator suggested that Indigenous telecom products should be further classified into Made in India Products, Designed In India Products or Designed and Made in India Products
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on August 3 issued recommendations to promote local telecom equipment manufacturing. The move is anticipated to drive investment in the Indian telecom equipment manufacturing space, which caters primarily to the local market – one of the biggest and fastest growing in the world. Last year, TRAI had issued a consultation paper on the topic with the objective of realistically assessing India’s potential in equipment manufacturing and to recommend the Government on the matter. This was followed by dialogues among the stakeholders in the equipment manufacturing space. The process is expected to enable the Indian telecom equipment manufacturing sector to transition from an import-dependent sector to a global hub of indigenous manufacturing.
Some of TRAI’s recommendations include:
The agency suggested that Indigenous products should be further classified into Made in India Products, Designed In India Products or Designed and Made in India Products. TRAI also recommended that telecom Service Providers should be incentivized for deploying indigenous telecom products. So far, the majority of India’s telecom equipment requirements have been met through imports, internalisation of this capacity will open up vast opportunities especially since India is currently the world’s second-largest telecommunications market with a subscriber base of 1.20 billion. This market has registered strong growth in the past decade and half on the back of Government of India’s ‘Digital India’ initiative. The nation has sought to achieve its digitisation goal largely through the ‘Make in India’ programme.