What is TSDSI ?

The Indian Telecom Industry, comprising operators and manufacturers, Academia and R&D organizations came  together to form Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI) on 7 January 2014, as an embodiment of the Govt.’s resolve, expressed in the National Telecom Policy 2012 (NTP 2012), to create an Indian Telecom Standards Development Organization (TSDO), for contributing to next generation telecom standards and drive the ecosystem of IP creation in India, formally recognised by the Government.

Who are we ?

TSDSI is an autonomous, membership based, standards development  organization(SDO) for Telecom/ICT products and services in India. We develop standards for access, back-haul, and infrastructure systems, solutions and services that best meet India specific Telecom/ICT needs, based on research and innovation in India. We work closely with global standards’ bodies to reflect Indian requirements into International telecom/ICT standards. We play an important role in encouraging generation of Indian IPRs in this technology intensive field and get them incorporated into International standards. This in turn promotes indigenous research, product development and manufacturing. Department of Telecommunications & Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Govt. of India are jointly supporting TSDSI as India’s Telecom/ICT SDO. TSDSI is registered as a not for profit Society, under the Indian Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.

What are the objectives of TSDSI?

  • Developing, promoting and standardizing India-specific Telecom/ICT requirements and solutions
  • Taking Indian requirements to global standards organizations
  • Creating and Safe-guarding related IPRs
  • Helping create standards based manufacturing expertise in the country
  • Providing guidance and leadership to developing countries

TSDSI has a sound IPR Policy in place. You can read the policy here – View/Download TSDSI IPR Policy

What is TSDSI Governance Structure?

TSDSI is registered as a Society under Societies Registration Act, 1860. It is a membership based organization.

The membership can be of following types:

Associate Members Industry Associations, Foreign entities, Foreign Industry Associations.Guest Members / Observers Professional experts, researchers in their individual capacity as observers. For more information, Please visit https://tsdsi.in/governance-structure/

What is TSDSI Governing Council?

While General Body is the apex decision making body of TSDSI, the Governing Council (GC) steers and governs it in the intervals between the General Body meetings. The GC consists of 16 elected and 5 Government nominated members. GC has representation from all eight verticals of the telecom sector.For more information, Please visit https://tsdsi.in/gc/

What is Guest/observer membership at an individual level?

As per R&R of TSDSI para “ 4.2.6 GUEST MEMBERS Guest  Members can be  individuals or organizations  who shall be observers or Members  with limited privileges. They will be  invited by the Chairperson. Following can  be considered to be invited as Guest Members:

  1. Individuals/bodies   identified by the Governing   Council to participate in Working Groups  or other committees as Guest Members. The Guest Members should be experts in a specific area  whose expertise a SG/WG is keen to leverage, but who may not be available as a consultant. The organization, if any, which  employs the individual Guest Member, must give its concurrence before the individual is invited. The tenure of the Guest  Member shall be specified while inviting him to join the SG/WG/committee.
  2. In  case  of organizations  which wish to explore  the need for becoming a  Member before taking up Corporate  or Associate Membership, the Guest Membership shall be provided only for six months and shall not be renewed for three years unless the organization becomes a Corporate or  Associate Member during that period.”

What are the GC Backup Guidelines for GC Members to nominate backup members ?

a) The elected GC member is primarily responsible for all communications and activities related to GC.

b)  It is expected that the elected GC member will prioritize and make all efforts to   participate and actively contribute in the meetings, email discussions and Standing committee meetings of the GC.

c)  We however recognise that our GC members represent the eminence of the  industry and therefore have very demanding schedules. So there may be a few, rare, exceptional circumstances in which they may not be able to attend a specific meeting.

d)  In order to ensure holistic participation from all the constituencies represented by the GC members, TSDSI has created a provision for back-ups for GC members.  It is understood that this facility will be utilised very sparingly by the GC members.

e) The GC member who wants to assign a back-up person, who may attend meetings on his behalf in case of an emergency, will explicitly seek permission from the Chair for each specific meeting.

f)   For all email communication, only the elected member should respond.  

g)  A mailing list gc_backup@tsdsi.in has been created, so that the backup member also receives the GC emails. The purpose here being only that the back-up member should be able to help the elected member to ensure timely responses and should be able to provide the back-up for meetings, in case of emergency.  

h)  For assigning a back-up person, please send a request to the Chair for approval copy to secretariat for initiating appropriate actions.

Email policy for the GC Backup members :

a)   The regular emails like meeting notices, meeting minutes and standard approvals for new members etc can be copied to GC BACK UP List also. But emails on more sensitive and controversial matters would be restricted to GC members only

b)   Email responses from Back up members would not be accepted, the Prime GC member only shall be expected to respond.

c)   Back-up members can be added to Whatsapp group since it is mainly for scheduling and reminders.

How to access previous Standardization documents ?

Please find the below steps to be followed for the navigation among Standardization documents (NIP/SWIC/SI/WI/TOR/RECO/Standard):

  1. Please visit TSDSI website (https://tsdsi.in/). 
  2. Please visit the path (“Technical Activities> Standardization Artifacts> View/Download Existing standardization documents”
  3. A list of standardization documents would get opened. (https://tsdsi.in/standardization-documents/
  4. Please click the document you would like to open. For example : Click “New Item Proposal”.( https://tsdsi.in/new-item-proposals/
  5. There would be a table of NIP documents which has been distributed currently in 5 pages. To open the documents of earlier years , please scroll down to the bottom of the page for navigation (Pages: 1 2 3 4 5).
  6. Please click the NIP which you would like to open. It will take you to the NextCloud (member portal) asking for Username and Password. Please fill in the credentials and you will be able to access the document by just clicking on it. Word documents will get downloaded just by clicking on them and PDF files will directly get opened on the click.
  7. The process would be the same for the other standardization documents as well.

How to upload the contributions for the Study Groups?

Action 1: Filling the form for allocating the SWIC/NIP number. 

 Action 2: Submission of SWIC in template and Uploading of SWIC template in the TSDSI Repository.

  • Please visit TSDSI website (https://tsdsi.in/). 
  • Download the SWIC/NIP template by following the path (“Technical Activities>Standardization Artifacts>View/Download-Blank Templates for Submitting Contribution
  • Kindly fill this template offline. Use the SWIC/NIP number received in step 4 of Action 1
  • Click on the link given in the system generated mail (indicated in the step 4 of Action 1). This links will take you directly to the TSDSI Document Repository (https://members.tsdsi.in).
  • Login with your account credentials
  • Relevant study/work group’s folder will open where the SWIC/NIP template needs to be uploaded. (Please contact contributions@tsdsi.in in case you do not have login credentials.)
  • Click the plus sign on the top right of the folder and select ‘upload file’ to upload the SWIC/NIP template in this folder.