Convergence Communications & Broadband technologies have been recognized world over as the key technologies for economic growth and development. Moreover, the Next generation Communication, Network and Broadband technologies are making tremendous impact towards increased business productivity, social transformation and in bridging the digital divide. The proposed National Broadband Plan for extensive creation of broadband infrastructure during the 12th plan period offers the next major growth opportunity in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) after tremendous success of mobile services in the country. Broadband enabled internet applications have huge potential n practically all sectors of the economy and particularly in e-governance, e-health, e-learning, e-commerce and e-entertainment sectors. The components of the numerous services and applications would evolve around the following: Broadband Access Network, Mobile and Wireless Network, Broadband Transport Network, CPE & Terminals, Management of Services and Network, Multimedia & Content and Security
The ICT sector has attracted substantial investment from MNCs in recent times. A number of multi-nationals have set up their R&D centers with large investment, in the country. These centers focus on state-of-the-art technology and product development; utilizing the large pool of R&D manpower. The demand for quality R&D manpower, therefore, continue to increase, and in order to sustain the R&D investment, we need to supplement the ever-growing demand for the quality manpower for R&D. High rate of obsolence, pervasive nature, the thrust area and quantum of indigenous resources needs to be injected into R&D to face increasing competition with MNCs.
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Shri B. M. Baveja
Scientist G and Group Coordinator, R&D in Convergence, Communication and Broadband Technologies Group
Email: bmbaveja AT mit.gov.in