India semiconductor fab is key, as per
Draft National Telecom Policy- 2011
$35 tablet computer, draft National Policy on Electronics,
and is followed by more important Draft National Telecom
Policy- 2011 points out that India is heading for a strong
and committed local electronics design and manufacturing.
This is a great move by the Union Government.
Now it is clear, come what-may India will have successful
semiconductor fab. It should not be a just fab, but a research
and manufacturing unit, which will grow with the time.
Below are the points from Draft National Telecom Policy-
2011 worth taking note by Indian electronics and semiconductor
Important objectives of the policy relevant to Indian electronics
and semiconductor industry:
Promote indigenous R&D, innovation and manufacturing
that serve domestic and foreign markets.
Promote the domestic production of telecommunication equipment
to meet 80% Indian telecom sector demand through domestic
manufacturing with a value addition of 65% by the year 2020.
Provide preferential market access for domestically manufactured
telecommunication products including mobile devices, SIM
cards with enhanced features etc. with special emphasis
on Indian products for which IPRs reside in India to address
strategic and security concerns of the Government, consistent
with international commitments.
Encourage adoption of green policy in telecom and incentivize
use of renewable resources for sustainability.
Strategies proposed in the policy relevant to Indian electronics
and semiconductor industry:
To spur the domestic telecom equipment manufacturing segment
to meet the indigenous demands for becoming self-reliant
in telecom/ICT equipment design and manufacturing.
To encourage indigenous manufacturing of cost effective
customer end terminals and devices including mobile devices,
SIM cards with enhanced features etc.
To ensure focused indigenous development in the telecom
sector, efforts would be concentrated towards a definite
policy direction by creating a suitable road-map to align
technology, demand, standards and regulations, after considered
evaluation of candidate technologies and the emerging trends.
To create fund to promote indigenous R&D, IPR creation,
entrepreneurship, manufacturing, commercialising and deployment
of state-of-the-art telecom products and services.
To ensure security in an increasingly insecure cyber space,
indigenously manufactured multi-functional SIM cards with
indigenously designed chips incorporating specific laid
down standards are considered critical. The whole electronics
eco-system for this and other purposes, starting from the
wafer fab needs to be built and hence is viewed as a key
policy objective and outcome.
To recognize the role of new technologies in furthering
public welfare and enhanced customer choices through affordable
access and efficient service delivery. The emergence of
new service formats such as Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications
(e.g. remotely operated irrigation pumps, smart grid etc.)
represent tremendous opportunities, especially as their
roll-out becomes more widespread.