TEC and VVDN have signed a MoU to facilitate registered startups, innovators, and MSMEs for Open RAN testing.
Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC), a technical arm of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with VVDN Technologies Private Ltd aimed at facilitating registered startups, innovators and MSMEs working in the field of Open RAN to get their product tested at VVDN’s lab at Gurugram for interoperability among Open RAN components (RU/DU/CU) from different vendors along with radio conformance, protocol and interface testing as per defined Open RAN Standards at a subsidized tariff to be decided with mutual consent among MoU partners. The product offered for testing will be certified by TEC.
Such testing certification shall accelerate the research innovation domestic design and manufacturing, in line with the vision of making India a design leader in 5G/ORAN. This test certification ecosystem is expected to make India as design testing and certification hub of Asia.
Both TEC and VVDN have agreed to collaborate and work jointly in the area of Open RAN testing during the tenure of the MoU, which is for five years from the date of signing.. This is the first of its kind MoU signed by TEC as a step towards leveraging the existing Open RAN testing ecosystem in partnership with a private firm. TEC is undertaking massive reform to create the best market access system in the world.
The MoU was signed by A.S. Verma, DDG (MT), TEC, and Puneet Agarwal, CEO, VVDN, in the presence of Nizamul Haq, Member (Services), Digital Communication Commission (DCC), Department of Telecommunications. The signing event was attended by R.R. Mittar Sr. DDG, TEC; Prashanth Kumar DDG (MTCTE); Akhilesh Kumar Gupta DDG (RC); and other officers from both the organizations.