telecommunications sector: TRAI begins consultation on ways to promote networking and manufacture of telecommunications equipment

Telecoms regulator TRAI released a consultation paper on Friday on promoting the manufacturing of networking and telecommunications equipment in India.

The detailed consultation document aims to gather the views of stakeholders on existing concerns in the manufacture of networking and telecommunications equipment, and to examine the measures that need to be taken to meet the demand of a growing market. growth both inside and outside the country, TRAI said in a statement.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will also deliberate on the steps needed to transform the telecom manufacturing landscape and make the country an export hub.

“TRAI today released the Consultation Paper on Promoting Network and Telecom Equipment Manufacturing (NATEM) in India,” the statement read.

The growing number of data users and upcoming technologies like 5G, Internet of Things, machine-to-machine communications are likely to fuel the growth of the networking and telecommunications equipment market.

This, in turn, presents huge opportunities for manufacturers to grow into global players.

“As envisioned in the National Digital Communication Policy (NDCP-2018), if India’s contribution to global value chains is to be maximized by focusing on domestic production, increasing exports and reducing the burden of imports , several policy initiatives will need to be taken,” TRAI added.

TRAI has set March 11, 2022 as the deadline for written comments and March 25, 2022 for counter comments, if any.