To commemorate the 25th year of the ASEAN India relations, TEPC (Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council) organized an inter-ministerial meeting between telecom ministers of ASEAN countries and India in New Delhi. Indian government has expressed keen interest to partner with ASEAN countries in enabling digital connectivity between India and ASEAN region and also for enabling broadband within ASEAN countries. These digital connectivity projects are of strategic importance and can have a transformative impact on the economy and cooperation between ASEAN and India. India has committed to provide financial as well as technological support for projects that could include high-speed fiber optic networks, digital villages, rural broadband, national knowledge network, secured communication networks and telecom training and skill development.

'To take the telecom revolution in India to its new level of growth, the domestic equipment manufacturers should come forward and take the lead. Such a concerted move will also fulfill the government's vision of Make in India and bring in significant indigenization, which is the need of the hour,' said Rajiv Mehrotra, chairman, VNL.

'The potential of partnership between India and ASEAN in the arena of telecom is significant. There is a huge demand for capacity building which the Indian partners can contribute,' said JS Deepak, Telecom Secretary.

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