BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) partnered with ECIL (Electronics Corporation of India Limited), a government agency under the Department of Atomic Energy, to develop indigenous technology. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Wednesday to jointly promote the telecom and IT sectors in India.
BSNL joins hands with ECIL
BSNL and ECIL, in a three-year partnership, can work on smart meters, surveillance, cyber security and various telecom connectivity solutions.
According to their statement, the two companies aim to create a robust ecosystem of cost-effective and attractive offerings, which is in line with the government’s “Make in India” initiative and which encourages indigenous manufacturing and technology development.
What did BSNL say?
BSNL offers a wide range of services to public, government and private sector organizations in the B2B and B2C markets. But now the government agency sees the partnership as a way to evolve from a network service provider to a managed connectivity provider. Also through this strategic partnership between IT and Telecom segments, BSNL is looking to expand its services and improve its position in the market.
Meanwhile, ECIL specializes in complex projects of national importance such as Defence, Homeland Security, Space, Satellite Communication and Networking. ECIL said it intends to develop a range of products such as routers, switches and surveillance cameras to support the growth of domestic technology.
BSNL Director V Ramesh enthused about the partnership, saying, “ECIL’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, their innovations and customers across the B2B and B2C segments will be linked to BSNL’s extensive network. It is hoped that through this MoU agreement, BSNL will be able to roll out 4G network in India.”