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Interview with K.K. Shetty, Director – India and SAARC, Network Solutions, TE Connectivity India

August 16, 2013
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The Indian telecom industry is witnessing an ever increasing demand for high-speed and media-rich mobile-based communication. Service providers are looking for products and solutions which could help them maximise their limited infrastructure to keep up with the demand for higher bandwidth.

Networking Solutions company such as TE Connectivity play a key role in supporting operators in upgrading and modernising their existing networks with fibre-based products and solutions. In an interview with tele.net in, K.K. Shetty, director – India and SAARC, network solutions, TE Connectivity India talks about the company’s focus areas, key challenges and the trends in the Indian telecom industry.


How big is the telecom network solutions market in India?

Currently, the telecom network solutions market in the country is worth $70 million. The demand for telecom equipment is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 10 per cent and is expected to reach $37 billion by 2020. The telecom network market has a huge potential of growth in the next five years. Also, the market is expected to do well with telecom being a key area for government spending.

How has the company performed over the last year in India and what have been the key milestones?

TE Connectivity has experienced reasonable growth in 2012, with its focus on gigabit-capable passive optical networks technology. The company launched a number of GPON-based products last year. These included Rapid Fibre Panel combined IFC cables with fibre panels using the company’s patented RapidReel fibre spooling system. TE Connectivity also introduced a customised range of FTTx products in the Indian market.

TE Connectivity is focusing on delivering flexible, innovative and economical solutions the company’s customers.

What are TE Connectivity’s business plans for 2013-14 in India?

Driven by applications such as IPTV, video-on-demand, and the increasing proliferation of smartphones and mobile video applications, increased data traffic – operators are facing several challenges in managing their networks. As more people rely on broadband services to manage their businesses and lives, operators are upgrading their networks continuously to deliver essential high-bandwidth services.

TE Connectivity is working towards developing network infrastructure technology solutions and services which will enable operators to profitably deliver high-speed internet, video, data, and voice services to residential, business and mobile subscribers. In 2013-14 the company will be focused on consolidating its leadership position in the segments such as deployment of next-generation networks and innovative fibre-based solutions for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and premises networks.

What are the solution and products offered by the company in the country?

TE Connectivity offers an extensive and comprehensive range of infrastructure products for optic fibre-based networks which allow operators to meet the requirements of an FTTH network – from the exchange and outdoor plant network through to the subscriber connection. To address the demands of this segment, the company has developed the Home Enlighten product range.

For FTTH roll-outs from the central office through the outside plant, to businesses and residences of any size or construction, TE Connectivity delivers state-of-the-art connectivity solutions which are easy-to-install, future-ready, with reduced installation and operating costs, and deliver return on investment in a shorter period of time. The company’s product portfolio includes fibre closures, street cabinets, fibre connectivity, passive optical components, fibre wall boxes, fibre wall outlets and indoor fibre cable solutions.

What are the challenges before TE Connectivity?

One of the key challenges is the slow and delayed policy decisions by the government regarding important issues such as spectrum pricing. This impacts the potential investments in the telecom industry and the development of telecom infrastructure in the country. Another challenge is the shortage of trained man power particularly for GPON-based projects.

What are the technology trends that you see in the industry?

In the next few years, the country will witness exponential growth in data usage.  This growth will be driven by technologies such as long term evolution (LTE), FTTH and Wi-Fi. With the subscribers migrating from 2G and 3G technologies to premium LTE service, the average revenue per user for the service providers is expected to go up. Further, lower prices for 3G services will lead to users migrating from 2G to 3G.  Also, the advent of 4G will drive the growth of the fixed line broadband with the service providers off loading data.






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