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Mumbai, July 22, 2021: The Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) – India’s premier skill development institution for telecom, and Broadband India Forum (BIF) – the leading Policy think-tank for digital communications in the country, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) towards meeting and developing the manpower training requirements of BIF members, in accordance with the latest technologies and skilling standards.

The MoU, which has been signed for a duration of 3 years, is aimed at facilitating the development of efficient and adequately skilled manpower resources amongst BIF’s member organisations, especially for next generation technologies, including 5G, WI-FI (PM WANI), IoT, Small Cells, Digital In-Building solutions and other emerging technologies.

For projects like The National Broadband Mission, Smart Cities and other big-ticket technologies like 5G and IoT, we need skilled manpower with domain expertise. Most of the semi-urban and rural reach of FTTH is being achieved through the LCO (Local Cable Operators) and its imperative to skill their manpower to get the best results. Our aim is to enable the telecom sector to grow rapidly to cater to future demand. India has become the next big destination for capital investment in the ICT manufacturing and servicing domain,” commented Mr. Arvind Bali, CEO, TSSC.

The efforts under this MoU will include joint mapping of skill requirements against the industry demand for both reskilling and upskilling to be conducted by BIF and TSSC. TSSC will support BIF’s wide ranging membership base in development of their requisite training eco-system, alignment of training deliverables to industry requirements, and will create awareness of the skill program among them.

Mr. T.V. Ramachandran, President Broadband India Forum, shared on this development, “India has been blessed with a rich talent pool of highly capable and innovative resources, especially in the digital technologies domain. It is imperative to ensure that their skill development requirements are met adequately and appropriately, so as to help develop them into world-class professionals. This, in turn, will lead to enhanced and effective productivity, aiding in the proper growth and evolution of the broadband ecosystem in India. BIF is pleased to associate with TSSC, which has long been the gold standard for skill development in the telecom sector in this endeavour, which we believe will help strengthen our objective of facilitating ubiquitous, high-quality and affordable broadband for all.

TSSC and BIF will issue joint certificates on all the paid National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) aligned courses. TSSC will help develop programs with high industry visibility and traction for BIF members and provide guidance on various government skill development schemes for participating and deriving benefits from.

BIF will provide its support to TSSC in the form of suggestions for course content for training of its member organisations. Additionally, BIF shall help create/upgrade labs, classrooms and teaching infrastructure for them with TSSC’s guidance.

About Broadband India Forum

Broadband India Forum (BIF) functions as an independent policy forum and knowledge-based think-tank that works for the development and enhancement of the entire broadband ecosystem in a holistic, technology-neutral and service-neutral manner. BIF has established itself as a thought leader and a credible and effective voice, to help propel the nation to achieve the country’s ambitious vision of creating a Digital India. To achieve this, BIF works to promote the rapid development of policies, so as to facilitate affordable and high-speed ubiquitous broadband throughout the country.

About Telecom Sector Skill Council

Established under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, Telecom Sector Skill Council is an industry led apex body, a not-for-profit organization, committed to developing world-class skilled manpower for the telecom industry. The organization is a joint collaboration by Cellular Operators Association of India, India Cellular & Electronics Association and National Skill Development Corporation under the aegis of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology and Department of Telecommunications. TSSC has certified over 6.5 lac people already work, and has approximate 500 training partners with 1000+ training centers across the country and continues to strive forward with a commitment.

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