The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has welcomed the announcement of PLI scheme getting extended to the various sectors including telecom equipment. According to COAI, this move reflects the government’s commitment to Make in India to foster inclusive growth in the industry by making it faster, easier and more competitive to conduct business.

COAI also noted that this is considering that the Indian telecom industry has been extremely resilient during this ongoing pandemic and has been playing a pivotal role in the survival of several other sectors, especially during the lockdown.

Commenting on the development, Dr. SP Kochhar, director general, COAI, said, “We are yet to receive details of the scheme from the DoT, however, we appreciate the proposed outlay of Rs 120 billion for telecom and networking equipment and are confident that the government would have designed the scheme is such a manner to ensure that the demand for telecom equipment from the local market is enhanced and remains robust as well as exports from India are suitably supported and incentivised.”