Press Release on the TSDSI-TIA MOU signing

Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI), India’s Telecom standards development organization that aims to develop, promote and maintain standards, driven by India-specific requirements and innovations, and  Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, and have agreed to collaborate to accelerate the development of information and communications technology (ICT) standards.

The two organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance ICT standards with a special focus on smart buildings and wireless infrastructure. They will share technical knowledge and best practices, participate in events, facilitate discussions with standards-related forums, and work together to identify potential areas for cooperation.

“TIA’s Smart Buildings Program is leading the industry globally. As communications networks become increasingly connected, ensuring we have global standards that keep up with the pace of next-generation technologies is more important than ever before,” said Ken Koffman, CTO and Senior Vice President of Business Performance at TIA. “TIA looks forward to partnering with TSDSI as we work to develop and advance industry standards in India and around the globe.”
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TSDSI enables Inclusion of Work Item on “Support for NavIC Navigation Satellite System for LTE ” in 3GPP

ISRO has introduced NavIC with seven IRNSS satellites as an autonomous regional navigation system with the objective of offering Positioning, Navigation and Timing services to the users in its service area. Currently in India we use GPS (controlled by USA) in our mobile devices. Russia has introduced GLONASS and China has introduced BeiDou as the navigation systems using their own satellite constellations. These have been made part of the 3GPP Specifications.  NavIC from ISRO is a regional navigation system that is better suited for Indian requirements.

For the widespread use of NavIC it is necessary that the services become available on mobile devices. World over mobile devices follow standards created by 3GPP. Therefore, it was imperative to include NavIC system in the relevant specifications of 3GPP at the earliest. The next release of 3GPP specifications (Release 16) are due to be finalised by March 2020.

TSDSI members with inputs from ISRO and Reliance JIO as rapporteur, have successfully introduced NavIC as a work item in the 3GPP RAN plenary meeting held in Newport Beach, CA, USA on 21st September 2019.

Implication is that 4G and 5G devices with NavIC capability can use assisted-NavIC solution in place of or in addition to other constellations. The specifications will be available in March 2020 and TSDSI will adopt these specifications as a TSDSI standard. This success will enable the introduction of chipsets and devices with this feature within 2020. This is a significant achievement for India and TSDSI.

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Message from Chairman,TSDSI on World WiFi Day 20 June 2019

Dear Friends, Congratulations on 20th anniversary of World WiFi Day on 20 June 2019, a global initiative to celebrate the role of WiFi in bridging the Digital Divide globally.   As per ITU estimates, only 51.2 per cent of the global population, or 3.9 billion people, were using the Internet by the end of 2018. […]

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TSDSI’s Role in “Bridging the Standardization Gap”: Message from Chairman, TSDSI on the World Telecommunication Information Society Day, 17 May 2019

Dear Colleagues, Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of “World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, a day that marks the founding of ITU on 17 May 1865 when the first International Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris.  This years’ theme, “Bridging the Standardization Gap”, resonates with India’s efforts to influencing and for the first time, contribute to […]

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