|Centre for Development of Telematics|
|Minister responsible||Kapil Sibal, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology|
|Agency executives||V V R Shastri, Executive Director
Vipin Tyagi & Jayant Bhatnagar, Directors
The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) is an Indian Government owned telecommunications technology development centre. It was established in 1984 with initial mandate of designing and developing digital exchanges. C-DOT has expanded its to develop intelligent computer software applications. It has offices in Delhi and Bangalore.
The Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) was established in August 1984 as an autonomous body. Its goal was to develop telecommunication technology to meet the needs of the Indian telecommunication network.
Sam Pitroda started the Center for Development of Telematics C-DOT, an autonomous telecom R&D organization. In the initial years, a telecom revolution in rural India that was responsible for all-round socio-economic development from global connectivity. As part of its development process, C-DOT spawned equipment manufacturers and component vendors. Research and development facilities were located at its Delhi and Bangalore campuses.
Within a very short time, telecom switching products suited to Indian conditions appeared in the form of small rural automatic exchanges (RAXs) and medium size switches as SBMs for towns. This was followed by higher capacity digital switches known as main automatic exchanges (MAXs). C-DOT technology spread across the country through its licensed manufacturers..
Beginning with digital switching systems, C-DOT developed products for optical, satellite and wireless communication from circuit switching technology, ATM and next generation networks. From a purely hardware development centre, it diversified into development of telecom software like IN, NMS, Data Clearing House and from a protected environment of closed market to an open and competitive market.
While developing the RAX/MAX digital switches, C-DOT also evolved processes and procedures for manufacturing the switches in Indian factories which set up an Indian manufacturing vendor base. Later, C-DOT projects included central monitoring systems for telecom security, for the Indian government.
- RAX : Rural Automatic Exchange is a small 256 lines switch for landlines that helped spread telecom to rural parts of India
- MAX : Main automatic exchange
- Transmission Equipment
- TDMA Point to Multipoint Radio
- SGRAN (under development)
- LTE-A (under development)
- Network management systems
- Intelligent networks
- Alcatel Lucent
- Vanu, Inc.
- Communications Research Centre (CRC)
- XALTED Information Systems Private Ltd.