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American Telecommunications Industry Teams Up with India

The Telecommunications Industry Rep
 
The global information and communications technology industry is represented by TIA, the Telecommunications Industry Association (www.tiaonline.org). TIA improves the business environment for broadband, wireless, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite, and unified communications. Market intelligence, global environmental regulation analysis, and standards development are some of the services and benefits that TIA offers. The Board of Directors includes top executives from Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, and many others.
 
The Meeting in New Delhi
 
In 2008 TIA went to New Delhi, India, to present some policy recommendations on behalf of the United States telecommunications industry. TIA advocated for some critical policies regarding licensing and regulations, as well as VoIP (Voice over IP) issues in India.
 
There have been ongoing regulatory trade challenges which have been addressed and solved now with India, such as getting rid of access deficit charges on international long distance. India also announced its plans for its 3G and Broadband Wireless Auction. Because India has a remarkable high-tech workforce and is experiencing major growth in the telecommunications arena, India is going to be taking center stage for years to come in the telecommunications industry. Because of expected future developments in broadband deployment and next-generation devices, it is important for India and the United States to connect and work closely together on all information and communications technology industry issues.
 
TIA"s president pointed out the advantages of continued cooperation between India and the US. TIA agrees that the poor areas of India remain underserved. TIA President G. Seiffert stated, "The future for our industry is bright, despite the economic downturn. Information and communication technologies will continue to be a vital component to rebuilding the global economy and to enable important new services in the area of health and education in underserved areas.-
 
Another issue resolved in the meeting was the agreement to increase the foreign direct investment limit in telecommunications operators to 74 percent, up from the previous 49 percent. 
 
Based upon the amicable talks, US-India ties will remain strong in the global telecommunications market.

By Chris Navarro
Get Telecommunication Jobs, Contributing Editor

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