Adoption of TSDSI/ International Telecom Standards

We are fast moving in the field of intense cross sector use of telecom and related ICT sector namely Smart City, Intelligent Transport System, Agriculture, Disaster Management, Healthcare, Education etc. with the advent of new technologies like 5G, Internet of Things (IOT), Big Data (data analytics), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine learning, Cloud computing etc. A lot of telecom and ICT standards are being developed by various domestic/international standardisation organisations which need to be adopted into national standards by including the national requirements in these standards.

Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) under Department of Telecommunications (DOT) is a Standards Setting Organization (SSO). TEC formulates new standards/ specifications (GR/IR/SR/ER) for telecom and related ICT sector in India. TEC has initiated the adoption of standards of domestic/ international standards like TSDSI, oneM2M, 3GPP etc. by incorporating the national requirement (human health, safety, security, environment protection, geographical and climatic conditions etc.) and national priorities. As per the licence conditions of Unified licence, TEC standards should be used by the Telecom Service Providers (TSP) in the telecom networks. In absence of TEC standards, standards of international Standards organizations recognised by TEC can be used as an interim measure. Hence, need was felt to adopt the domestic/international standards into national standards use in India.

A policy document called ‘Standardization Guide’ based on ISO/IEC Guide 21-1 has been prepared by TEC outlining the adoption process and institutional mechanism for adoption of domestic/international telecom standards’ after approval of Hon’ble Minister of Communications. It has further been notified by TEC vide Office Memorandum No. 2-1/2018/SD/TSDSI/TEC/5 dated 8th May 2020.

The main points of the Standardization Guide are as given below

i. TEC will adopt the standards after wide public consultation process instead of ratification (ratification doesn’t include public consultation)

ii. For adoption, ISO/IEC-Guide 21 has been used as guiding document.

iii. The standards should be adopted by TEC as National Standards. National Standards adopted shall be voluntary unless made mandatory by its use, reference or adoption by regulation / Govt. directive.

iv. TEC shall implement the standard adoption process with the help of institutional frame work which will consist of:

  • Telecom Standards Advisory Committee (TSAC)
  • Consultative Committees (CC)
  • Task Force (TF) setup for the purpose.
  • Standardization Secretariat

v. The adoption process will be completed in time bound manner after circulation of the draft.

vi. IPR shall not be subject matter of adoption.

vii. Telecom Standards Advisory Committee (TSAC) is the apex committee to be headed by DDG (S), TEC and comprising members from TEC, CDOT, TSDSI, Govt. bodies, OEMs, TSPs, Academia, R&D organizations etc. (max 11 members), with following functions:

  • To examine, evaluate and endorse standards
  • To oversee & review the standardization program
  • To strategize and prioritize standardization activities
  • To advise TEC on standardization policies, strategies and best practices
  • To collaborate with other standard formulating bodies

viii. Consultative Committee (CC) is the Working Group (WG) constituted under TSAC consisting of the technical experts from TEC, CDOT, TSDSI, Govt. bodies, OEMs, TSPs, Academia, R&D organizations etc. (min 10 members) with Chairman from the concerned TEC division and Vice chairs from the industry/academia and the function of the CC will be to collate, review and include or reject public comments.

ix. Standardization Secretariat under Standardization division in TEC will scrutinize the proposal for GC approval and national requirement. It will also invite the public comments; then collation it and submit for approval.

The TSDSI transposed oneM2M (Release 2) standards and 3GPP standards (402 nos.) – same as ITU R M.2012 Rev4 have been approved for adoption as national standards by TEC. Similarly, the process of adoption of TSDSI Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) Front haul transport standards into National Standards is underway.

NEW TEC Office Memorandum on Policy for adoption of domestic/international standards by TEC Standardization Guide

Click here for Standardization Guide

Adoption of TSDSI transposed 3GPP standards (same as Recommendations ITU-R.M. 2012-4) as National Standards by TEC.

Adoption of TSDSI transposed OneM2M (Release 2) specifications as National Standards by TEC