| Brief History
|The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) is the Telecom Technology development centre of the
Government of India. It was established in August 1984 as an autonomous body.
It was vested with full authority and total flexibility to develop state-of-the-art
telecommunication technology to meet the needs of the Indian telecommunication
network. The key objective was to build a centre for excellence in the area of
In the initial years, C-DOT triggered a telecom revolution in the rural India that was
responsible for all-round socio-economic development. Rural India gained access to a whole new
world of opportunities as they got connected globally. As part of its
development process, C-DOT has spawned a wide base of equipment manufacturers
and component vendors for the industry. The state-of-the-art R&D facilities
at its Delhi and Bangalore campuses are comparable with the best in the world.
a very short span of time, telecom switching products ideally suited to Indian
conditions started revolutionizing rural telecommunication in India in the
form of small Rural Automatic Exchanges (RAXs) and medium size switches as SBMs
for towns. This was followed by
induction of higher capacity digital switches known as Main Automatic Exchanges
(MAXs). C-DOT technology spread across
the length and breadth of the country through its licensed manufacturers with
very strong technology transfer methodology.
50% of present fixed line infrastructure, after allowing MNCs entry into the
Telecom Market is from C-DOT technology and that in itself is a testimony to
the Centre achieving its objectives fully. That C-DOT engineers have been
striving to add value through regular up gradation to the fixed line
infrastructure is a tribute to the commitment of C-DOTians to the original
the journey with digital switching systems, C-DOT has transversed the complex
Telecom landscape, developing products in the area of optical, satellite and
wireless communication from circuit switching technology of yester years, C-DOT
has proven its expertise in ATM and Next Generation Networks. From a purely hardware development Centre it
has diversified into development of Telecom software solutions like IN, NMS,
Data Clearing House etc. and has journeyed from a protected environment of
closed market to an open and competitive market.
developing the RAX/MAX digital switches, C-DOT also evolved processes and
procedures for manufacturing the switches in the Indian Telecom Factories and
facilitated setting up of a strong Indian Manufacturing and quality vendor base. Comprehensive methods for transfer of the
Digital Switching Technology were evolved for smooth transfer of the R&D
products. C-DOTís pool of talented
engineers are sought after by many Telecom companies, including MNCs for the
valuable expertise they gain by working on cutting edge technologies in the
state-of-art laboratories of C-DOT. Over
the years, C-DOT has come to be looked upon as a Centre of Excellence in Telecom;
projects of National importance, such as Central Monitoring Systems for Telecom
Security, are entrusted to C-DOT, by the Indian Government.
C-DOT has evolved, from a single mission oriented
organization to an R&D centre, working on several important, cutting edge
technologies. And, with the support it
has been receiving from the Government, especially in Projects of National
Importance, the Centre will strive to maintain its National relevance.