DoT May Follow Chinese Model For Telecom Product Push

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The Department of Telecommunications is likely to accept the advice of top institutions to adopt the Chinese development model to unlock some Rs 17,000 crore of central funds that have been proposed for encouraging innovation and boosting telecom product manufacturing. In an internal note, DoT has termed India’s contribution to global telecom intellectual property rights (IPRs) as “practically nil”.

The faculty members of the Indian Institutes of Technology, Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad have highlighted that “China has helped its local telecom companies generate a majority of the IPRs in newgen technologies through proactive support to R&D and innovations since telecom technologies are IPR-driven”, it said in the note seen by ET.

DoT is examining the suggestion to ring in “proactive government funding along the Chinese lines” for widening research and development, IPR and product development. Original post at The Economic Times

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