Union Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said there is need to nourish local telecom manufacturing, dubbing it as a ‘must’ for attaining the cherished goal of sensitive data security in the country.
Speaking at the Expo 2019, the annual conference of Telecom Export Promotion Council (TEPC), Sinha said that protecting security data is high on government agenda and this can be achieved by focussing on local manufacturing and the domestic players should show their resolve of coming out with the best technology and products.
Reeling out data about the development in the domestic telecom technology and product base, he told delegates that national digital communication policy of 2018 was helping and focussing on developing India’s digital telecom base with the purpose of bridging the digital divide between urban and rural India.
Telecom Secretary, Aruna Sundararajan said that India was poised to become the next export hub in the telecom segment and stressed that India and its partners should not always look to the west for the upcoming tech but rather innovate themselves and must be self depended
Suresh Prabhu earlier inaugurated the conference and said India, with its stellar track record in building affordable and innovative technologies will be keen to partner with nations looking at scalable and low cost communication solutions.
Describing as ‘all pervasive’, the communication technology, he said that this has brought people on the same platform on a real time basis.
“These are interesting times, but also challenging, because the change is profound and the speed of change is dramatic.” He said and added that India is looking to build partnership that is mutually beneficial.
Stating that India is next only to China in consumer base, Prabhu said that the country offers great advantage in terms of low cost and hi-tech manufacturing and offers a hand of friendship to developing countries.
TEPC Chairman and former Telecom Secretary, Shyamal Ghosh assured the Government of the robust positioning of domestic players like Tejas and Vihaan saying the local players were capable of providing low cost and innovative communication solutions both for India and requirements of developed and developing economies.
Vihaan Network Limited Chairman and present Vice Chairman of TEPC, Rajiv Mehrotra Addressing the august audience at the Indian Telecom 2019, highlighted the need of bridging the digital divide between rural and urban areas by connectivity solutions & creating digital villages. He also emphasised upon creating opportunities for promoting indigenous telecom equipment manufacturers in India.