Indian Telecom Regulator Aims to Encourage Local Manufacture

India's telecommunications regulator said it plans to bring out a consultation paper that aims to boost Indian manufacture of telecom equipment.

Despite the fast growth in the telecom network in India, there not been a proportionate growth in related equipment manufacturing in the country, S.K. Gupta , advisor to TRAI, said on Friday in a telephone interview.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in a notice on Thursday that it is inviting opinions from various interested parties.

Among the issues on which views have been asked are the factors affecting the competitiveness of Indian manufacturers, incentive schemes for the design and development of telecom products, ways to boost research and development in the telecom field to increase IP (Intellectual Property) rights from India, and the need to regulate the use of Indian products in the telecommunications network.

"We are interested that more development and manufacturing happens in India, whether it is by multinational companies or India companies," Gupta said.

Some multinational telecommunications equipment makers including Nokia Siemens Networks already have manufacturing plants in India.

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