Mumbai, Dec 14: Private telecom operator, Tata Teleservices Limited, the Department of Telecommunications and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for developing innovative solutions for ''inclusive and sustainable growth'' through telecommunications.
The objective of the CoE is to facilitate application research in India with the larger objective of establishing worthwhile competencies in the field of wireless telecommunication and associated areas. The centre will focus on developing ''rural applications'' and providing support to the telecom industry in shaping future growth.
It will also undertake India-specific application development that matches with the behavioral pattern of the masses and adds value to their day-to-day activities both economic and social.
D S Mathur, Secretary DOT on the tie up said, ''CoE would perform a unique task in building a nation connected anytime, anywhere by developing and strengthening the capability to generate a skilled talent pool, indigenous technological applications, and innovative business models for India.'' Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Anil Sardana, Managing Director of Tata Teleservices Ltd, said, ''This MoU with India's leading institute is aimed at supporting the growth of the telecom sector in India and further strengthening the government's program to take telecom to the grass-root level in rural areas.'' The center will work towards the creation of a market-ready talent pool and continuous talent building endeavor through ''training of the trainer''. It will integrate and benchmark technologies that can ultimately form standards for manufacturing or rendering services.
The center is conceptualized to create an environment of innovation in the field of telecom to enable absorption of the current technology and develop future ready indigenous capabilities.