The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is of the opinion that India should start aiming to have zero dependence on imports of telecommunications equipment by the year 2022. In order to do so, the regulatory body has recommended to setup funding of Rs 1,000 crore to help promote research, and further innovation on manufacturing of these products in the country.
According to a report from Business Standard, TRAI stated that India’s export of telecom instruments currently stands only at $1.2 million, as opposed to the imports, which are said to be $21.8 million. TRAI believes that increasing manufacturing of the such products in the country will help India be self-reliable and also ensure its success in the telecom industry. Not just that, it will also bring in job opportunities. Beyond that, the authority has also recommended manufacturing of telecom equipment in the country to counterbalance security concerns that can arise due to the dependency on imported products.
To promote research, innovation, design, testing and certification of telecom equipment, TRAI has recommended to setup a Telecom Research and Development Fund (TRDF), with an initial fund of Rs 1,000 crore. The authority has also suggested that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) should be made responsible for the project and should set up a dedicated unit for monitoring the progress of telecommunication equipment manufacturing in the country.
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TRAI stated further that the testing and certification of manufacturing telecom equipment should start in the country as soon as possible. It has recommended on incentivizing local manufacturing of these products to encourage and build a reliable ecosystem. Doing this will help establish India as leader in the upcoming 5G era.