To strengthen the electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM) ecosystem in the country at-large, ITI Limited, a public sector undertaking in the telecommunications technology segment today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA), a not-for-profit industry body that works towards enhancing and promoting made-in-India products for world markets.
Shri K. V Suresh, General Manager, Projects & Planning, ITI Limited and Shri Anil Kumar Muniswamy, Board Member & Advisor, IESA signed the MoU in the presence of Shri R. M Agarwal, CMD, ITI Limited, Shri S. P. Gupta, Director-HR, ITI Limited, IESA Executive Council, senior officials from ITI Limited and senior officials from Department of Telecommunications and members from IESA.
Under the MoU, ITI will provide its infrastructure to manufacture electronic products with a special focus on telecom and allied smart electronic products. The MoU envisages setting up the infrastructure to enable ITI to develop an intelligent electronics ecosystem in the country inclusive of product design, development, and manufacturing with a focus not limited to areas such as Telecom, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Agriculture and others. IESA will be the exclusive knowledge and transformation partner for unlocking the value of in-house knowledge, technologies, expertise and of spareable, de-licensed, the large physical infrastructure of ITI. The initiative will facilitate small and medium enterprises and start-ups to utilize ITI’s existing infrastructure for prototyping, testing and certification purposes.
Highlighting the MoU tie-up, Shri R. M. Agarwal, Chairman, and Managing Director, ITI Limited said, “ITI has a long legacy for telecom equipment manufacturing in India. This initiative not only opens the door for small and medium enterprises but also enables them to reach out to the global market for their indigenous electronic products. The initiative exhibits ITI’s commitment to the Government of India’s flagship initiative like the Make in India and Smart City programs”.
One of the flagship activities under the MoU is to create a first of its kind 5G Village at ITI premise that will focus on design, development, prototyping, testing, and manufacturing of 5G related and enabled equipment, devices, solutions for needs of the country. The 5G village will be equipped with Telepreneur Hub, Systems Innovation Lab, Systems Certification Lab, Radiated Application Testbeds and a Regulatory Sandbox. The objective of the MoU is to build an intelligent electronics ecosystem in the country, promotion of make-in-India and Startup India initiatives.
“IESA is deeply committed to developing India as a global hub for design-led manufacturing in Intelligent Electronics through its continued partnership with the Industry, Government and Academia. Working towards this goal, we are excited to partner with ITI to accelerate innovation and strengthen the hardware startup & electronic systems design and manufacturing ecosystem in India. ITI with its expertise and competencies of running a world-class electronics manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, will suitably complement IESA4NEW, IESA’s initiative for enabling investors and companies to set up their operations in the country,” said Jitendra Chaddah, Chairman, IESA and Senior Director, Strategy & Operations, Intel India.
The partnership also aims to set up a demo Assembly, Testing, Marking and Packaging (ATMP) line, as a first-of-its-kind facility in the country. The facility will host a training facility and support fabless startups in prototyping their designs and setting up of a Deeptech and Intelligent Electronics Park through a mix of co-working and independent office, lab, workspaces and ITI’s existing physical, knowledge infrastructure. The electronic park will also have an Experience Zone for emerging solutions in areas such as smart cities, smart agriculture, smart healthcare among others for startups, companies in these domains to showcase their latest offerings.
About ITI Limited
ITI Limited is a public sector undertaking in the telecommunications technology segment. The company has manufacturing facilities in Bengaluru, Naini, Rae Bareli, Mankapur and Palakkad along with an R&D centre in Bengaluru and 8 regional offices in India, which were located at Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and New Delhi as well as 17 area offices spread across the country. The company has a diverse suite of products including defence security encryption products; optical and data network products and passive infrastructure products such as gigabit passive optical network and manage leased line products; multi-capacity encryption units, electrical products such as smart energy meters, smart cards, solar panels, set-top boxes and mini personal computers and Internet of Things products. Besides offering the telecom solutions and customized support, ITI has a dedicated Network System Unit for executing turnkey projects for installation and commissioning of telecommunication networks. The company intends to upgrade and invest in the technology, through the acquisition of technology from strategic partners with a specific focus on high growth industry segments. The company operates a data center at Bengaluru and currently also offers its services to government institutions/departments, banks, etc.
About India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA)
India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) is the premier industry body committed to the development of the Indian Semiconductor and Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) ecosystem. The IESA’s vision is to bring stakeholders from the Indian industry, government, and academia on a common platform to work towards making the Indian ESDM sector globally competent. The member base of IESA represents a spectrum of Large Global Corporations to Large, SME and Start-ups from Domestic Technology companies in Intelligent Electronics space, including Academic Institutions and Venture Capital firms.