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Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has been formulating developmental policies for the accelerated growth of the country wide telecommunications, internet infrastructure and services. It has two major departments: the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) responsible for “classical” telecommunications and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) responsible for e-Governance, e-Learning, Cyber Laws & Security, Internet Governance, Cyber R&D, etc.

List of departments, units and regulators responsible for this sectors are provided below with brief description about them;

 

Department of Telecommunications (DoT)

The Department of Telecom has been formulating developmental policies for the accelerated growth of the telecommunication services. The Department is also responsible for grant of licenses for various telecom services like Unified Access Service Internet and VSAT service. The Department is also responsible for frequency management in the field of radio communication in close coordination with the international bodies. It also enforces wireless regulatory measures by monitoring wireless transmission of all users in the country. For more information please see : http://www.dot.gov.in/. Department of Telecommunications has following key Units/Functions:

 

Telecom Commission (TC)

This is one of the key departments within the DoT and is responsible for approving overall telecommunications policy formulation including industrial policy, national telecommunications roll-out planning and promotion, licensing, tariff, etc.

 

Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC)

Telecom Engineering Center (TEC) is the only formally recognized telecom standards/specification and type approval: body and has mandate to;

  • A technical body representing the interest of Department of Telecom, Government of India.

  • Specification of common standards with regard to Telecom network equipment, services and interoperability.

  • Prepare and Publish Generic Requirements (GRs), Interface Requirements (IRs).

  • Issuing Interface Approvals, Certificate of Approvals, Service Approvals & Type Approvals.

  • Formulation of Standards and Fundamental Technical Plans.

  • Interact with multilateral agencies like APT, ETSI and ITU etc. for standardization.

  • Develop expertise to imbibe the latest technologies and results of R&D.

  • Provide technical support to DOT and technical advice to TRAI & TDSAT.

  • Coordinate with C-DOT on the technological developments in the Telecom Sector for policy planning by DOT.

For more information please see : http://tec.gov.in

 

Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT)

The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) is the Telecom Technology Development Centre of the Government of India. The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), which celebrated its 25th anniversary, is the DoT’s state-of-the-art development Centre with a mandate to develop home-grown Indian telecommunications solutions which can be manufactured by local Indian companies. The state-of-the-art R&D facilities at its Delhi and Bangalore campuses are comparable with the best in the world.

For more information please see: http://www.cdot.in/home.htm

 

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was, established with effect from 20th February 1997 by an Act of Parliament, called the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997, to regulate telecom services, including fixation/revision of tariffs for telecom services which were earlier vested in the Central Government. One of the main objectives of TRAI is to provide a fair and transparent policy environment which promotes a level playing field and facilitates fair competition. In pursuance of this objective TRAI has issued from time to time a large number of regulations, orders and directives to deal with issues coming before it and provided the required direction to the evolution of Indian telecom market from a Govt. owned monopoly to a multi operator multi service open competitive market. The directions, orders and regulations issued cover a wide range of subjects including tariff, interconnection and quality of service as well as governance of the Authority.

For more information please see: http://www.trai.gov.in/

 

Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY)

This is the department dealing with e-Development of India through multi-pronged strategy of e-Infrastructure creation to facilitate and promote e-governance, promotion of Electronics & Information Technology – Information Technology Enabled Services (IT-ITeS) Industry, providing support for creation of Innovation / Research & Development (R&D), building Knowledge network and securing India’s cyber space.

For more information please see: http://deity.gov.in/

 

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC)

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is the premier R&D organization of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT) for carrying out R&D in IT, Electronics and associated areas. The setting up of C-DAC in 1988 itself was to build Supercomputers in context of denial of import of Supercomputers by USA. Since then C-DAC has been undertaking building of multiple generations of Supercomputer starting from PARAM with 1 GF in 1988.

For more information please see: http://cdac.in/

 

Telecom Centres of Excellence (TCOE)

The TCOEs, set up in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, are an example of the Government, the Academia and the Industry working together for the sustained growth and progress of the country.
Formed under the chairmanship of Secretary, DoT, it has heads of the seven principal sponsoring organizations and seven academic Institutes and senior Government officials as members. It is the apex decision making body for the TCOEs. The Coordination Centre of TCOEs functions as the facilitator  for the Governing Council.

For more information please see: http://www.tcoe.in/index.html

 

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore of IISC

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) was conceived as a ´Research Institute´ or ´University of Research´ and established, in the final years of the 19th century. IISc, which has been active on the information technology security front, is now also getting into the telecom security activities in India.

The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) is working with IISc to create a security certification framework in India, it appears that IISc has built a laboratory at their campus to test for malware, remote login facilities and Trojan horses, the widely known virus/malware that can destroy telecommunication equipment and data and appears to be bust creating this security certification framework.

For more information please see: http://www.iisc.ernet.in

India doesn’t have any established Government recognized/approved ICT Standards Developed Organization as of now, while few independent non-profit, nongovernmental organizations such as GISFI and DOSTI do exist and trying for an approved status from the department of telecom and Ministry while continuing their efforts on technical standards development activities in India. List of Active ICT Standards Development Organization in India below with detailed information in the following sections;

 

Global ICT Standardization Forum for India (GISFI)

The Global ICT Standardization Forum for India/Innovations (GISFI) is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization registered as a “Society” under the Indian laws. This is an Indian industry and University research establishments’ initiative to produce industry driven ICT standards for Indian environment. GISFI has had a slow start but in May, 2009, it re-organized itself again as a standardization platform for ICT Standards with the aim to become the leading SDO for ICT Standardization in India and interact with ITU, ETSI, and other SDOs.

For more information please see: http://www.gisfi.org/

 

Development Organization of Standards for Telecommunications in India (DOSTI)

DOSTI “Development Organization of Standards for Telecommunications in India” is new society aiming to be a TSDO, develop and promote India-specific requirements, standardizing solutions for meeting these requirements and contributing these to international standards, contributing to global standardization in the field of telecommunications. Its founding members include Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI), Ericsson, Qualcomm, Nokia Siemens Network, Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CeWIT), Telecom Center of Excellence (TCOE), Indian Company Tejas Networks, IIT Mumbai, IIM Ahmedabad etc.

For more information please see: http://dosti.org.in/

 

Telecommunication Standards Development Society for India (TSDSI)

Following up the recently announced National Telecom Policy 2012 which covers the mandate of setting up a Telecommunications Standard Development Organization (TSDO) in India, the Department of telecom(DoT) under Ministry of communication & IT have started working on a creating a high level framework and set up “Telecommunication Standards Development Society for India (TSDSI)” as an autonomous body with effective participation of the government, industry, R&D centers, service providers, and academia to drive consensus regarding standards to meet national requirements including security needs. It will facilitate access for all the stakeholders in the International Standards Development Organizations and act as an advisory body for preparation of national contributions for incorporation of Indian requirement, IPRs, standards in the international standards”.

 

Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology

The Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology (CEWiT) is an autonomous research organization which was set up by Ministry of Communication and IT in partnership with the Indian telecom industry. CEWiT’s vision is to provide technological leadership to the Indian wireless industry and address the needs of the Indian market through advanced R&D and value creation. CEWiT works as a neutral partner to industry stakeholders and policy makers on various technological aspects of the wireless communication industry. The Center has several experts in the Radio access technologies, specifically focusing on 4G and 4G-Advanced technologies like LTE and WiMAX. CEWiT also provides technical leadership to the Broadband Wireless Consortium of India.

For more information please see : http://www.cewit.org.in/