Vivek Bansal, Co-Founder and President Engineering, VVDN Techno­logies

In today’s digital era, original design manufacturers such as VVDN Technologies are designing products with next-generation technologies. Since its inception in 2007, the company has been striving to maintain a balance between product engineering R&D and manufacturing. In an interview with tele.net, Vivek Bansal, co-founder and president engineering, VVDN Techno­logies, talked about the company’s focus areas, emerging opportunities in the 5G space, and future plans and strategies…

What are the company’s key focus areas in the Indian market?

Our key focus areas are 5G, Networking  and Wi-Fi, internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML)-based camera and vision solutions, and cloud and apps. In every business unit, we target Tier-1 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and system integrators, and help them design, develop and manufacture their next-generation electronic products. Our uniqueness and competitive-edge lies in the scale and breadth of the product mix. For instance, in the field of 5G, our intellectual properties make us pioneers in the domain. In the networking and Wi-Fi do­main, we design and manufacture access po­i­nts – point to point (P2P) and point to multi point (P2MP). We do a lot of design and manufacturing of dashcams, security ca­meras, smart homes, AI-enabled cameras and computer vision enabled-solutions that are Made in India. In the IoT domain, we de­liver solutions in industrial IoT, e-mobility, hearables, wearables, etc. to global OEMs.

What opportunities is the company exploring under the government’s Aatmanirbhar Bha­rat initiative? What are your expectations from the government’s PLI scheme for telecom and network manufacturing?

VVDN Technologies re­ma­ins committed to Make in India, Make India Aatmanir­bhar and the PLI Scheme. This has definitely promoted manufacturing in India in a way that global and domestic OEMs are now looking forward to a product that is “Made in India”. With regard to the PLI scheme for telecom/networking, we feel it is an excellent initiative by the government to promote and boost telecom and network equipment manufacturing in India. We have a huge demand to cater to and with committed investment and expansion we will be able to cater to our customers. This will help attract more business, not just domestically but also globally.

What initiatives are you taking to tap the emerging 5G market in India?

We are focused on developing a lot of internal IPs. To ensure qualitative delivery, we have radio frequency labs at our various centres and we have the best-in-class 5G testing equipment. On the manufacturing front, we not only do the PCB assembly and product assembly, but also have a complete set-up to do mechanicals. We have recently expanded our manufacturing capabilities and added a new die-casting facility to our existing state-of-the-art manufacturing infrastructure. To further strengthen our po­sition in the 5G space, we have added new, dedicated and specialised surface mo­unt technology (SMT) lines for PCBA to boost our 5G manufacturing capabilities. With the latest expansion, our SMT lines are capable of handling big printed circuit boards (PCBs), approximately 700 mm x 500 mm, with as many as 27 layers.

What are VVDN’s current initiatives and plans in the Wi-Fi space?

We focus on both engineering R&D and manufacturing  in the networking and Wi-Fi space. We work on the latest technologies from Wi-Fi 5 all the way to Wi-Fi 6 and 6E, software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN), Wi-Fi mesh and Wi-Fi sensing. Our core specialisation lies in in­­­dustrial-grade access point (AP), con­su­­mer grade AP, enterprise grade AP, smart cities, unlicen­sed band radio (UBR), cloud network management systems, etc. We also support the PM-WANI scheme through our Indian customers and have created a mo­del village on the lines of PM-WANI. On the global front, we provide a lot of design, development and software development, te­s­ting services for our customers, who are major Tier 1 companies from all over the world.

What are the key challenges facing the telecom manufacturing ecosystem in India? Do you have a regulatory wishlist?

The biggest challenge at the moment, particularly with regard to 5G products, is to conduct field trials. However, we are already in touch with authorised and relevant government bodies to enable field trials in the country and we are quite hopeful that adequate steps are being implemented to support the industry to do the same.

What are the company’s future plans/strategies for the next two to three years?

The next two to three years are going to be very crucial for us as we are at a juncture where we have set up the complete infrastructure and now the time is to further expand. Further, the company is looking to expand in different geographies in India as well as globally. We are also deliberating on setting up our own PCB fabrication unit, which will be another step towards becoming aatmanirbhar.