New Delhi: A leading global IT solution provider, Z-Com in association with Institute of Informatics & Communication, University of Delhi launches their collaborative project of design, development, and manufacturing of Carrier Grade Wi-Fi devices in India under the Make in India Campaign. At present, the project will unveil two of its products including outdoor access points and indoor access points for Wi-Fi. His Excellency, Chung Kwang Tien, Ambassador of Taiwan was the chief guest of the event with some other dignitaries from the technology, IT, and education sectors were also present there amongst the noticeable people.
Both the indoor and outdoor WI-Fi access points launched at the event are programmed and processed with software that is being handled and managed by the research and development cell of Delhi University. This is the one-of-its-kind collaborative project between industry and academia wherein the aim is also to promote Prime Minister of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and develop India as the manufacturing hub of the entire worldwide. To ensure easy accessibility of products all through the nation, Z-Com has teamed up with local manufacturing giants, Cloudatix and Frontline.
Rajesh Kapoor – MD for Z-COM India explained that, “the Indian Wi-Fi hotspot market is segmented based on offerings, end user and industry vertical. Based on offerings, it is divided into component, software, and services. As per component, the market is classified into wireless hotspot gateways, wireless hotspot controllers, and mobile hotspot devices. Based on software, the Wi-Fi hotspot market is analyzed across centralized hotspot management, Wi-Fi security software, Wi-Fi hotspot billing software, and cloud-based hotspot management. As per services, the market is categorized into professional service, installation and integration services, consulting services, and managed services. Based on end users, the market is segmented into communication service provider & network operators, enterprises, and government. Based on industry vertical, the global Wi-Fi hotspot market is segmented across telecom and IT, financial services, education, healthcare, hospitality, transportation, retail, and others. The collaborative project with IIC – University of Delhi is a strategic alliance to not only to make the current range of Wi-Fi components, software and services for make in India but also include the joint research and development of next generation products and solutions for the Wi-Fi hotspot market”.
“Z –COM Inc has formed a Joint Venture with the leading technology company Cloudatix and a large Telecom Infrastructure Solution Provider – Frontline Group to manufacture the W-Fi devices in India under the “make in India” program,” as quoted by Ms Catherine – Vice President Z-COM Inc.
According to Sanjay Sharma – Managing Director of Cloudatix, “the global Wi-Fi hotspot market was valued at $1,766 million in 2017, and is expected to reach $5,198 million by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 16.9% from 2017 to 2023. The MD of Cloudtaix quoted that India needs over 80 lakh hotspots as against the availability of about 31,000 hotspots with a view to reach the global level of one Wi-Fi hotspot penetration for every 150 people. The major factors that will drive the market growth are increase in use of cell phones and smart devices, growth in adoption of Wi-Fi hotspots by Gram Panchayats, e-Governance, hospitality, retail, and education sector, and adoption of carrier Wi-Fi by the network operators for data traffic offload and community Wi-Fi”.
According to Dr Sanjay Sinha – Chairman Frontline Group, “the role of Wi-Fi has increasingly become the emphasis for unlocking and accelerating knowledge and technology based economies, as well as for enabling additional GDP growth. HonourablePrime Minister – NarendraModi launched the Make in India initiative, with the primary goal of making India a global manufacturing hub, by encouraging both multinational as well as domestic companies to manufacture their products within the country. ‘Zero defect zero effect’ is a key phrase which has come to be associated with the Make in India campaign. In the words of DrSinha, “We plan to make our product which has ‘zero defect’… and ‘zero effect’ so that the manufacturing does not have an adverse effect on our environment”.
“Institute of Informatics & Communication (IIC), UDSC is a premier institution of University of Delhi at South Campus. IIC has been conducting research based industry oriented teaching and research programs with a perfect blend of electronics, Information technology, physics and telecommunications skills for work on the cutting-edge technologies in the wireless telecommunications industry. Under the aegis of Ministry of IT and Electronics, Electropreneur Park with the alliance of Delhi University is already contributing to the ESDM growth story of India. This is being achieved through creation of a holistic eco-system for encouraging R&D, innovation, Entrepreneurship in the ESDM sector in India. We emphasize on development of product and IP creation in the ESDM sector for mass consumption electronics products” explained Dr. Sanjeev Singh. “The Collaborative project with Z-COM and IIC is meant to create the entire eco-system and support processes of manufacturing for the Wi-Fi range of products meant the Wi-FI Hotspot market”, asserted Dean of Delhi University – Professor P K Burma.
“Z-COM, Inc., established in Science-Based Industrial Park of Hsinchu, Taiwan, is a leading solution provider and since its inception in 1995, has dedicated to research, design, development, and manufacturing of wireless data solutions for broadband wireless Internet access as well as various mobile data applications. As the continuous development of high-speed Internet, smart mobile devices and cloud application popularity, Z-COM, with its own core technology will provide wide range of wireless communications products under “make in India” program to meet the needs for public and community Wi-Fi in India” assured John Shey, Chairman of Z-COM, Inc