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Final approval from the cabinet awaited for PLI scheme applications to roll out in January

The PLI scheme guidelines for telecom equipment manufacturing have received the approval from the Digital Communications Commission.

Now, DoT shall seek final approval from the cabinet, and once received the applications from companies may be invited. Stimulus for Rs 12,200 crore had been cleared by the union cabinet under the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for telecom gear. The scheme covers core transmission equipment, 4G/5G and next-gen radio access network and wireless equipment, access and customer premise equipment (CPE), Internet of Things (IoT) access devices and enterprise equipment.

Nokia and Ericsson had appealed that India include their existing manufacturing-related investments to the production-linked incentives (PLI) scheme. The vendors also want India to focus on bringing the component ecosystem under the new scheme. “The cost levels in India productions are little higher than higher than other countries so I really welcome this kind of a policy which is coming up to provide incentives for local manufacturers because that really helps the Indian economy,” Sanjay Malik, Senior VP & Head, India Market, Nokia had commented.  Ericsson’s India head Nitin Bansal had also agreed, “investments that are already made should also be considered in some way under the PLI scheme.”
CT Bureau

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