Delhi: ITI Ltd is in discussions with US-based Qualcomm
for obtaining a licence to manufacture CDMA-based fixed
wireless terminals, as well as for its chipsets. This
would enable it to get into component level manufacturing,
according to the Department of Telecom.
move to approach Qualcomm is interesting in the light
of the fact that Punjab-based HFCL had also taken a licence
from Qualcomm for producing CDMA mobile handsets. Nine
months after grant of licence, HFCL is yet to start manufacture.
successful, ITI could become the first company to set
up local manufacturing for CDMA devices.
move is part of ITI''s strategy to foray into production
of equipment based on newer technologies. The company
is also discussing a possible partnership with CDoT-Alcatel
Research Centre in Chennai for manufacturing WiMax consumer
premise equipment and network gear on a transfer-of-technology
had earlier entered into a similar partnership with Alcatel
for manufacturing GSM-based mobile equipment. It also
has an agreement with Tekelec for next-generation switches,
and ZTE for supply of CDMA equipment.
has an agreement with Kyocera of Japan for field trial
of wireless broadband equipment, iBurst, which enables
broadband Internet on mobile devices in a wide area network.
State-owned company has six manufacturing plants in Bangalore,
Mankapur, Rae Bareli, Naini, Palakkad and Srinagar.
of the equipment manufactured by ITI is supplied to Bharat
Sanchar Nigam Ltd and other Government agencies, including
the defence services and railways.