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Telecom secretary stresses on harnessing the potential of IoT in India

June 06, 2018

Telecom Secretary, Aruna Sundararajan, recently inaugurated a seminar on IoT organised by Department of Telecommunications in collaboration with GSMA, New Delhi. The seminar is the first among series of capacity building programmes planned with the support of GSMA as per the bilateral agreement between DoT and GSMA during Mobile World Congress 2018 at Barcelona.

According to Sundararajan, the need of promoting innovation and harnessing the potential of Internet of Things (IoT) is imperative for solving practical problems in India. All initiatives in IoT should translate into business models which can be replicated across sectors.

The telecom secretary underlined the need to work across silos in technology, policy, regulation, licenses, and use cases while stressing on the need to spread awareness and initiate capacity building across several key ministries.

IoT deployment has been included as one of the important focus technology area in the draft National Digital Communication Policy 2018. Evolving IoT ecosystem in India is likely to accelerate the IoT deployment leading to socio economic development. As per recent estimates, IoT market in India stands at $5.6 million with 200 million connected units in 2016. This is expected to grow to $15 billion with 2.7 billion units by 2020.


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