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OFC Makers Demand Benefits Under PLI Scheme

Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association too expressed the need to provide impetus to fibre-based network.

November 17, 2020

Optic fibre cable

Homegrown optic fibre cable (OFC) makers have sought benefits under the Centre’s prestigious production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme following India’s aggressive roadmap for next-generation technologies particularly the fifth-generation or 5G networks.

As reported in a leading daily, Mr. NK Goyal, Chairman of the Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association (TEMA) stated the association is demanding the inclusion of optical fiber cables and preform in the list of telecom items as India has now the potential to become fiber capital of the world with the PLI. The optical can be a showcase for India for the world.

Early this month, the Cabinet has approved Rs 12,195 crore worth of stimulus as a part of the ambitious production incentive scheme for the telecom sector that includes localized manufacturing of core transmission gear including access and customer premises equipment, routers and switches.

The immense scope of OFC production, a backbone of futuristic technologies such as fourth-generation (4G) and fifth-generation (5G) networks within India and deployment including in several other developing nations, according to the industry stakeholders have been overlooked by the Centre and expecting a course correction.

The Delhi-based group is also likely to send a formal letter to the Prime Minister Office (PMO) seeking immediate intervention.