EU to assist India in establishing world class ICT standards


New Delhi: European Union has assured India to assist in establishing world class information communication technology (ICT) standards and emerging technologies. This was one of the key takeaways from the two day ‘Indo-European dialogue on ICT standards & Emerging Technologies’ which concluded in New Delhi.

Joao Cravinho, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the EU to India, addressed the conference. Others who addressed a big gathering of senior government officials, top industry representatives, India-based European and the country’s stakeholders and associations’ members were Rajan S Mathews, Director General of Cellular Operators Association in India (COAI); T V Ramachandran, Co-Chairman of the Telecom Sector of European Business Group; Dr. Kumar N Sivarajan, Chairman, Telecommunications Standards Development Society, and Luis Jorge Romero, DG, European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

The conference has provided a platform for ETSI to present the latest standardization work and the Indian ICT community to share the country’s specific requirements. The delegates are focusing their discussion on transport systems, improving radio spectrum efficiency, network functions virtualization, mobile developments (5G) and big data, security and energy efficiency aspects of technology.

Romero said that “with the ICT technologies having global impact, mandatory need of interoperability, achieve economies of scale it is utmost important to develop global standards and have a regular and continuous dialogue between EU and India to strengthen the standardization efforts in the field of ICT.”

Cravinho felt that contributing from an early stage to international standardization efforts was one way of ensuring that products and services could be sold all over the world. In the ICT, harmonized global standards help in making devices and applications interoperable, which boosts competition, benefits consumers, and competitiveness and promotes innovation. The Project ‘SESEI’ as supported by European Commission was an example in this regards.

Rajan informed that India has emerged as the world’s second largest mobile market after China. “It is imperative India take a leading role in embedding its requirements for network equipment, handsets and services in to global standards for the benefit of its customers, manufacturers and service providers,” he urged.

The ETSI is supported in India by the Seconded European Standardization Expert for India (SESEI) project.

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