Centre for Development of Telematics: Connecting the dots – India Today

From developing products in the area of optical, satellite and wireless communication to proving its expertise in ATM and next generation networks, C-DOT has today traversed the complex world of telecom.

C-DOT | Established in 1984

The aim

Set up as an autonomous body, the initial mandate of the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) was to develop digital exchanges. Within a short span of time, telecom-switching products suited to Indian conditions started revolutionising rural telecommunication. C-DOT has today traversed the complex telecom landscape, from developing products in the area of optical, satellite and wireless communication to proving its expertise in ATM and next generation networks.

Calling home

Sam Pitroda conjured up the organisation out of thin air. Once, while staying at a hotel in India, he tried calling his wife in Chicago but the phone lines were dead. “I told myself, with a little bit of ignorance and lot of arrogance, that I will fix this,” says Pitroda. With the help of a friend, he got an appointment with then prime minister Indira Gandhi. While waiting for her, Pitroda got to meet her son Rajiv Gandhi who showed great interest in Pitroda’s pitch for rural telecom and digital switching. Eventually, Indira Gandhi too was satisfied and C-DOT was established with Pitroda at the helm.

The road ahead

C-DOT has been working on a device to help roadside vendors and shopkeepers provide wi-fi internet services to customers for as low as Rs 10. The device, Public Data Office (PDO), will cost under Rs 50,000.

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