Alcatel and C-DOT in JV to set up broadband wireless R&D center

BANGALORE: Telecom major Alcatel and the Center for the Development of Telematics (C-DOT) have formed a joint venture to design and develop products related to broadband wireless. The new company, called CDOT Alcatel Research Center, will be 51 per cent owned by Alcatel and 49 per cent by C-DOT.



The Indian Union Cabinet approved the joint venture within five months of the signing of the MoU between Alcatel and C-DOT, typifying the Government's commitment to e-governance and other IT initiatives in rural areas.

The Chennai-based JV company will be a global research and development center for broadband wireless products with a primary focus for rural, urban and suburban Indian markets, in compliance with the country's broadband requirement and spectrum allocation. This includes the end-to-end architecture and the radio access network based on Alcatel WiMAX 802.16e. The R&D facility will serve the fast-growing needs of the Indian market for broadband connectivity.



The joint development of the latest broadband wireless technologies will facilitate the industrialization and volume production of the WiMAX solutions in India, thus helping the telecom-manufacturing sector. The steps include the integration of the systems in the core network, the applications platform, and the customer terminals adapted to the specifics of the targeted markets, as well as the piloting and showcasing of newly developed technologies through the setting up of a technology reality center.

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