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Govt plans to tap investment from telecom partner nations realising NTP-2012 goals

Govt plans to tap investment from telecom partner nations realising NTP-2012 goals

KOLKATA: India has included the US, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Belgium and Sweden in an internal list of six “strategically important” telecom partner countries for realising NTP-2012 goals, leaving out China and Taiwan, which happen to be two of the world’s biggest telecom gear manufacturing zones, executives aware of the matter said.

The telecom department has convened a meeting on February 13 with FICCI, CII, Assocham and industry bodies representing the country’s network gearmakers, internet service providers, GSM, CDMA and dual-technology companies to thrash out a comprehensive strategy for broadening telecom ties with the six priority markets in the run-up to communications minister Kapil Sibal’s planned visits to these regions to attract foreign investment.

Key discussion points will include exploring ways to enhance bilateral cooperation with these countries on telecom network security, developing technologies for location-based services, creating an enabling environment for attracting maximum foreign investment in telecom equipment manufacturing to strategise ways to improve spectrum utilisation efficiency, said a top executive who will be participating in this meeting to be chaired by national telecom advisor, RK Bhatnagar.

The meeting will also look at ways to increase technology collaborations for content development for mobile applications and also suggest ways to enhance Indian representation in intra-government telecom agencies like the Genevabased International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Asia-Pacific Tele-community and the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO).

The telecom department’s International Relations (IR) cell will be the facilitation agency for coordinating with the six telecom partner countries and intra-government telecom agencies to maximize multilateral cooperation, said an official in the department.

“The IR cell will also actively coordinate with the department of electronics & IT (DeitY), commerce and external affairs ministries to enhance cooperation with the countries considered of strategic and trade-centric importance to India, and strive to establish MoUs and cooperation agreements in specific areas such as security, regulation and broadband,” says an internal telecom department note reviewed by ET.