Alcatel, C-DoT to set up R&D centre in Chennai

New Delhi, March 29 | Updated: Mar 30 2005, 05:30am hrs
French telecom major Alcatel and government-owned telecom research and development (R&D) centre, Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) are setting up a joint global R&D centre for emerging technologies like WiMAX in Chennai.

The two organisations on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of this centre. This joint effort might mature into a joint venture company, Alcatel managing director and president-South Asia Ravi Sharma said.

According to Alcatel president (mobile communication group) Etienne Fouques, the centre would hire up to 1,000 people in the first year of its operation. When asked about the nature of the joint effort for the centre, minister of communications and IT Dayanidhi Maran said that it was premature to comment on this.

The MoU was signed by Mr Sharma of Alcatel and C-DOT executive director Vijay Madan in the presence of Mr Maran. The R&D project will be related to WiMAX technology and later R&D will also be done on other emerging technologies. This project will also provide a platform for tele-education, tele-health, e-information and e-governance apart from telecom services.

ITIs back on track: Maran Minister of communication and information technology Dayanidhi Maran said that following the revival process, the performance of the Indian Telephone Industries Ltd (ITI) has improved.

The previous government had decided to wind up ITIs but with a support of around Rs 1,032 crore, their performance has improved.