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|December 1, 1997||
Indigenous tech gets its wayCommercial deployment of CorDECT 'wireless in local loop' technology has got a green signal from the government, with the defence ministry agreeing to accommodate frequency requirements of the system on a case-by-case basis.
The defence secretary has written to the Department of Telecommunications secretary, agreeing, in principle, to coordinate frequency requirements of the CorDECT system.
Inventor Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala and his team were shocked that a frequency clearance was not granted immediately because their technology is extraordinarily more efficient and yet cheaper than competing alternatives being offered by foreign companies.
Problems arose because the band was assigned to security agencies and could not be released immediately for commercial deployment.
The DoT has, however, been discussing the issue with the defence ministry following which the in-principle clearance has been given.
The clearance permits deployment of the CorDECT system on a case-by-case basis. Equipment for each deployment will have to be cleared individually and frequency will be assigned on the basis of requirements.
IIT has already transferred the technology to companies such as Shyam Telecom and Crompton Greaves. Some of these companies have already obtained export orders for the CorDECT equipment for deployment in Telecommunications Consultants India Limited projects overseas.
While manufacturers welcome the move, there is some disappointment that a blanket clearance has not been given.
However, installation of equipment in India can now begin.
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- Compiled from the Indian media
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