USOF Launches Telecommunications Technology Development Fund Program
The Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), an agency under the Ministry of Telecommunications, officially launched the Telecommunications Technology Development Fund (TTDF) program on Saturday, which aims to promote local manufacturing and innovation in the area. TTDF aims to fund research and development (R&D) in applications of communication technologies specific to rural areas and to form synergies between universities, start-ups, research institutes and industry to build and develop the telecommunications ecosystem.
In addition, the program aims to promote technological ownership and local manufacturing, create a culture of technological co-innovation, reduce imports, stimulate export opportunities and the creation of intellectual property, the ministry said. Communications in a press release. Under this program, the USOF also aims to develop standards to meet national requirements and create the ecosystem for research, design, prototyping, use cases, pilots, and proof of concept testing. concept, among others. The program involves grants to Indian entities to encourage and introduce indigenous technologies tailored to meet national needs.
The program is aligned with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clear call to add Jan Anusandhaan in the new phase of Amrit Kaal, the ministry said. (ANI)
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