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Sibal holds meeting to promote indigenous manufacturing of telecom equipments

May 6, 2011 - New Delhi

Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday held a roundtable conference on manufacturing and research and development in telecom and electronics sector with various stakeholders to deliberate upon the measures to promote indigenous manufacturing of telecom and electronic equipments.

Opening the deliberations, Sibal said that telecommunication infrastructure is a critical-asset of any country and it is a key growth enabler.

"It is the delivery vehicle for a large number of IT and IT-enabled services including health-care, education, financial services, e-governance etc. both to the urban as well as rural masses," Sibal said.

He further said that while the growth of telecommunications in India has been rapid; the domestic telecom equipment manufacturing segment has not been able to keep pace with the same.

"This forces the telecom operators to import most of the telecom equipment required for their networks," he added.

The conference was attended by Electronics Industries Association of India (ELCINA), India Semiconductor Association (ISA), Manufacturer's Association for IT ( MAIT), Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association (TEMA), Indian Cellular Association (ICA) as well as organizations associated in research and development like C-DOT, Telecom Centres of Excellence (TCOEs), Professors from IITs to draw a roadmap for ensuring growth of domestically manufactured products.

Telecom service providers and their associations like Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI), Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI), Association of Competitive Telecom Operators (ACTO) as well as industry association like FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM also attended the conference.


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