‘India needs to do more for ICT’

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 02, 2013

MeetingThe International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Global ICT Standardization Forum for India hold a joint workshop on “Bridging the standardization Gap – Sustainable Rural Communications, in Bangalore. It was hosted by Huawei.

Malcolm Johnson, director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), ITU, said currently only multinational companies having establishments in India have contributed to global standards, and there was a need for Indian companies, which are rich in talent, to join the movement.

“ITU is also keen to come out with standards for cyber security and hoped India would play a lead role. Already a proposal is on to promote a council for telecom security in the country. The Telecom Security Council of India would play a major role in coming out with common standards for security adoption by various companies,” said Johnson.Tekecimmnicat

He also stressed the need for greater contribution from India in the development of standards in the ICT sector. In this connection he highlighted the role taken by Huawei in research activities in Software Defined Networking (SDN) in India that could be vital for the global industry to have a common network solution for various systems and next generation projects.

Ramjee Prasad, pioneer and founding chairman of Global ICT Standardization Forum for India (GISFI) said that the Forum aimed to play a pivotal role in promoting standardization culture among Indian telecom industries so that standards for Indian telecom products and components are evolved. This could also help in taking it to the ITU and get global standard specifications to enable Indian companies extend their reach.

A Sethuraman, executive director, Huawei Telecommunications, provided a comprehensive overview of the digital divide in terms of the penetration of mobile voice as well as broadband in India; highlighted the key challenges and the status of ecosystem stakeholders in proliferating broadband, the initiatives being taken by the Government of India in this direction as well as the focus by the Industry infrastructure players in addressing these challenges, and finally concluded by bringing out the benefits of Broadband to the masses and importance of optimizing the end-to-end delivery mechanism for a sustainable broadband solution for the nation.