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TRAI seeks suggestions on encouraging R&D in telecom, broadcasting

On 24 February, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India conducted an online brainstorming session on ‘Encouraging Research and Development in Telecom and Broadcasting’. Present were members from academia, industry and R&D instituted and the session was chaired by TRAI chairman PD Vaghela.

The session was attended by representative of Prasar Bharti, C-DOT, TSDSL, IIT – Delhi, Kanpur, Madras, telecom providers, cable service providers, and broadcasters.  

The agenda of the session was to encourage indigenous research leading to domestic manufacturing and less reliance on imports of equipment in telecom and broadcasting sectors. This will play an important role in making India a $5 trillion economy said Vaghela.

TRAI will act as a link between government, academia, telecom and broadcasting industries to facilitate R&D efforts. Stakeholders suggested that there is need for a structured approach to create a conducive environment for indigenous R&D and consistent support. They suggested developing standards for emerging technologies, having a shared database of the R&D in telecom and broadcasting, and increasing Indian participation in International forums that determine the R&D development standard.

It was decided that a committee comprising of senior officials from academia, industry, research institutions will be formed under the aegis of TRAI to achieve objectives that will encourage R&D in telecom and broadcasting.

TRAI has also invited suggestions from the broader ecosystem and will consider them in the consultation. The suggestions may be submitted by March 15.

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