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 development of global standards for telecom technologies, both for 5G (IMT2020) and for IoT (M2M).
As Indian industry and research environment matures, requirements and solutions are emerging that reflect Indian and emerging economy needs. Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI), was formed in 2014 with the mandate to incorporate India specific requirements and indigenously developed solutions and IP in global standards bodies. With the emergence of our large market and maturation of our technical and innovation capabilities, we are now well positioned to “ bridge this standardization gap.
TSDSI has led India’s efforts for incorporating Low Mobility Large Cell (LMLC) requirement in the 5G requirements, a game changer for bridging the Rural-Urban divide. TSDSI is now working actively to ensure that the IMT2020 standards incorporate the best possible solutions to exceed the LMLC requirements of India and other similar user geographies. TSDSI members are also contributing to development of global standards for IoT/M2M. IOT poses unique challenges in terms security, data localization, etc. especially as these technologies are intended to serve “Smart City”, “Agriculture” and other concerns of national importance. TSDSI is working towards standards that address these unique challenges.
TSDSI has organized webinars and training workshops on ITU standardization processes, an initiative to promote participation of domestic players. TSDSI is partnering with the Govt. to participate strategically in global standardization activities, and develop a large pool of Standardization experts.
TSDSI has forged multiple partnerships with global and regional standards forums and technology bodies in the last few years, with the intent of fostering early dialog and experience sharing to promote alignment and harmonization of standards.
5G and the next generation of ICT technologies are very focused on the use to technology to transform vertical application industries. TSDSI has gained traction in enrolling marquee organizations from diverse domains, including transportation, utilities, fintech et al. This will help the much needed collaboration between Telecom and the “user” industries, helping “bridge the gap in usage of technology”, and also foster standardization efforts across industries.
I invite you to participate actively in standards development activities and ensure that India plays its natural role in contributing to emerging technologies. This is a very important enabler towards achieving the stated objectives of NDCP-2018.