Government Ropes In Advisor For Stuck Telecom Projects

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The Government has roped in Vikram Upadhyaya, Co-Founder of the Indian Angel Network, as an advisor to projects being undertaken through the Telecom Centres of Excellence (TCOE). The primary objective of roping in Upadhyaya is to ensure that the ideas generated by TCOEs are taken from conception to commercial deployment based on sound business.

The Government had set up TCOEs in a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership in the telecom sector. There are eight Telecom Centres of Excellence across the country working on key issues like technology management, rural application, next-generation network and policy. However, after more than five years of existence, the applications have not been deployed commercially.

“I have submitted a broad framework to the Government on how to turn around the TCOEs. I have seen some very good ideas being worked on at these centres. Over the next 12 to 18 months my focus will be on taking some of these ideas to the market,” Upadhyaya told BusinessLine, adding that he has also proposed collaboration between the TCOEs and the Indian Angel Network. Original post at The Hindu Business Line

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