Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC), a national telecom standard setting organisation under the aegis of Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Communications has conducted a webinar titled “Policy and Regulatory framework on Conformity Assessment for Telecom products: Global Best Practices and Priorities”.

The webinar was organised by TEC in collaboration with TIC Council (India) and witnessed the presence of senior policy makers from DoT, India, E.U and FCC (U.S) along with senior industry representatives from the telecom, labs, sharing their experience, global trends, and best practices towards ensuring quality and safety of telecom products in India.

During session, Luis, policy officer from EU and George from FCC, USA shared global best practices and Prasanth, DDG, TEC and Zutshi, TIC Council presented India specific regulatory framework.

K.Rajaraman, in his keynote address, mentioned that the country is investing heavily in public and private partnership model to increase the penetration in mobile and broadband sector in urban and rural area. He also stressed that the telecom services shall be affordable to the bottom of the pyramid. He mentioned that testing and certification ecosystem should be the integral part of manufacturing ecosystem to become manufacturing hub. He also mentioned that very robust capacity of testing facilities, skills set is required to meet the requirement of manufacturing hub. He also urged the industry to explore the innovative idea of lab equipment lying in various part of the country to use as a service model like OLA/UBER type platform based model in testing.

Meanwhile, Ashok Kumar Mittal, in his opening address, mentioned that it is matter of pleasure that TEC has come up to organise internationally collaborative knowledge sharing webinar on the regulatory practices. He also appreciated the endeavours of TEC encouraged to do such discourses as many as possible.

Alo, Deepa Tyagi emphasised the importance of global collaboration and bringing global best practices so that India would become global test bed for information communications technology (ICT) products.