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India moves closer to 3GPP

India moves closer to 3GPP

May 01,2014
The Telecommunications Standards Development Society of India (TSDSI) has been granted Observer status in 3GPP.

Dr. Asok Chatterjee, the Executive Director of TSDSI, presented the society’s Observer application to the 3GPP Organizational Partners meeting – held in New Orleans on April 30, 2014 – informing delegates that the formation of a national telecommunications SDO in India will create a platform for direct participation in global standardization.

Dr. Chatterjee reported that   “It is thanks to the momentum given by the National Telecommunications Plan 2012 that we are now ready to take an active part as an autonomous body, driving consensus  on standards and leading the charge to participate in bodies such as 3GPP”.

The National Telecom Policy 2012 (NTP 2012) is the Indian Government initiative, to help transform the country into a knowledge-based society, using telecommunications as a platform. The twenty page NTP2012 document contains the objectives and strategy for India to achieve a leadership role in R&D, to generate Indian innovation, and to take a role in global standards.



TSDSI (Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India) is an SDO that aims at developing and promoting India-specific requirements, standardizing solutions for meeting these requirements and contributing these to international standards, contributing to global standardization in the field of telecommunications, maintaining the technical standards and other deliverables of the organization, safe-guarding the related IPR, helping create manufacturing expertise in the country, providing leadership to the developing countries (such as in South Asia, South East Asia, Africa, Middle East, etc.) in terms of their telecommunications-related standardization needs.

A consensus based approach is followed towards standards development by involving all stake holders - Government, Academia and Industry. TSDSI follows the principles of Openness, Transparency, Fairness, Consensus and Due Process in conducting its activities. It maintains technology neutrality and provide a uniform playing field for all of its members.

The TSDSI is not for profit legal entity in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode with participation from all stake holders including Government, service providers, equipment vendors, equipment manufacturers, academic institutes and research labs.

About India NTP2012


  • VISION - To provide secure, reliable, affordable and high quality converged telecommunication services anytime, anywhere for an accelerated inclusive socio-economic development.
  • “NTP-2012 provides a roadmap for India to become a leader in cutting edge, state of the art technologies through R&D and creation and incorporation of Indian IPRs in global standards.”
  • Objectives include: “Develop and establish standards to meet national requirements, generate IPRs, and participate in international standardization bodies to contribute in formulation of global standards, thereby making India a leading nation in the area of international telecom  standardization. This will be supported by establishing appropriate linkages with industry, R&D institutions, academia, telecom service providers and users”


Contact for this article: Kevin FLYNN, Marketing and Communications Officer, 3GPP


Note: Text updated May 12, to correct the 'About India NTP2012' section, with the appropriate link and accreditation.