India today offered the
secure ICT products to ASEAN countries at competitive costs and also
renewed its pledge to share “know how” and “know Why” as New Delhi is
willing to provide long-term financing for buying Indian telecom
products and services. Inaugurating the India Telecom-2017 here,
Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha said that Indian Telecom
companies are willing to share technologies and enter into joint
production ventures to develop entire telecom eco-system in any host
country. In the event organized to commemorate the 25th year of the
ASEAN-India relations, the Minister urged the participating countries to
ensure that Indian telecom products and services should become their
number one choice as they accelerate the digital connectivity
initiatives. Shri Sinha informed that during the 13th ASEAN-India Summit
in November, 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had committed a Line of
Credit of 1 billion US dollars to promote projects that support physical
and digital connectivity between India and ASEAN. The Minister said that
both the sides have complementary skills, huge markets and capacity to
develop new technology and products to serve the people.
Shri Sinha said that Indian communications industry has made great
progress over the last decade and with an overall tele-density of 88 and
rural tele-density of 53, India has the second largest
telecommunications network in the world. Referring to one of the lowest
mobile tariffs in the world, Shri Sinha said that India has already
overtaken the United States to become the world’s 2nd largest Internet
market, with more than 220 million Broadband subscribers and more than
450 million users, only behind China.
In his address, Secretary Telecom, Shri J,S,Deepak said that the
potential of partnership between India and ASEAN is indeed huge and
specific areas like GSM, broadband, e-education, tele-medicine, disaster
management and capacity building can be explored in a win-win fashion.
He said that Indian telecom products and designs are more affordable,
durable and competitive and Indian companies can also provide services
in the most difficult areas.
India has already committed to provide financial as well as
technological support for projects that could include-high-speed fibre
optic networks, digital villages, rural broadband, national knowledge
network, secured communication networks and telecom training and skill
Addressing the Telecom conclave, Secretary(East), Ministry of External
Affairs, Ms Preeti Saran said that enhancing connectivity with ASEAN is
a priority for India and this should not only be geographic and
physical, but also institutional, digital, economic and socio-cultural.
She said that ASEAN member states should benefit from the institutional
expertise of the Indian telecommunication and IT industry.
TEPC (Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council) is
organizing the two-day event with telecom ministers, senior government
officials and industry leaders from Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore,
Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei Philippines and Laos and
representatives from Bangladesh and Bhutan.
This event will witness more than100 foreign high profile ICT industry
delegates from 30+ countries. The main objective of the event is to
provide opportunities to Indian telecom exporters including SMEs and
Start-ups to meet qualified overseas buyers. This event provides one to
one meeting opportunities between buyers from different countries and
Indian exporters who can enlighten them about their products and