Date of Publication: 26/04/2021
Deadline for Submission of the Proposals: 07/06/2021 24.00 HRS IST
Scheme in Brief:
Objectives: The objectives of the Scheme are as under: -

  1. To promote the ecosystem for research, design, development, proof of concept testing, IPR creation, pilot project and manufacturing i.e. complete value chain to make India a global hub for production of telecommunication equipment and a centre for digital communication services.
  2. To develop and establish standards to meet national requirements and participate in international standardization bodies to contribute in formulation of global standards, thereby making India a leading nation in the area of international telecom standardization.
  3. To promote India specific application /product /solution development that matches with behavioral pattern of the masses and adds value to their day-to-day activities both economic and social.
  4. To create synergies among the Academia, Research Institutes, Start-ups and Industry for capacity building and development of a balanced telecom ecosystem by organizing workshops/seminar/ webinar etc. for sharing their views, plans, expectations and concerns in a free and constructive manner.
  5. Bridge the gap between R&D and commercialization
The scheme does not envisage support to ideation stage startups. Startups (Scaling Stage)/SMEs who have already tested their prototypes (hardware/software innovations) with or without any user agency and are seeking further validations before becoming market-ready with a demonstrable demand are therefore encouraged to apply.
Focus Areas of the sub-scheme:
The Scheme proposes to support mainly in the following areas:
  1. LTE Advanced, 5G and future generation access technologies, Software Defined Networks (SDNs) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), IOT/ M2M, the cloud and data analytics
  2. Backhaul radio and communication technologies
  3. Core and edge routers, Soft switches, Ethernet Switches, xDSL, modems, routers, dongles, data cards, mobile handsets, wireless access points, mobile handsets etc.
  4. Security and surveillance equipment, sensors
  5. Convergence of telecom, IT and broadcasting technologies
  6. Over-the-top (OTT) services as drivers for penetration of broadband services
  7. Green and energy efficient technologies / solutions for the telecom sector and
  8. Any other area considered commercially relevant in future.
Eligibility Criteria for Start-ups:
For wide coverage and maximum participation across all levels startups are encouraged to apply with the following conditions are to be met.
1. Startups/SMEs: Applicants willing to propose and develop solutions must be:
  • A Startup/SME incorporated as a private or public limited under the Companies Act, 2013 or the previous Act 1956.
  • Startups should have recognition of under the latest notification of DIPP available at
  • Indian company: 51% or more shareholding is with Indian citizen or person of Indian origin.
  • Startups should have incubated in an incubation centre or technology/ research park supported by the Central or State Government (Letter from incubation centre or technology/ research park should be submitted with the application).
  • In case of SMEs, directly proof of concept to be demonstrated.
2. The applicant should have a working technical prototype. The scheme does not envisage to support ideation stage startups.
Total number of proposals and support mechanism:
A startup fulfilling the eligibility conditions as mentioned can avail a maximum support upto Rs 40 Lakh for proposed technology product/solutions. A total number of 10 proposals can be supported under the scheme. The grant will be divided into two tranches that will be released in a phased manner based on designated milestones to be intimated at the time of approval of the proposal. Typically, the first tranche would be for augmentation of the product and next tranche would be for deployment of the product.
Implementation Mechanism and Evaluation Process:
Startups need to apply online through TCOE India portal. The proposals received in the portal will be scrutinized as per norms and all the shortlisted proposals would be put up for implementation through the designated Incubation centres keeping in mind geographical locations, scope of technology, area of work and preferences, if any. During the scheme period startups are expected to work upon and accelerate the production leading to commercial launch of a ready-to-scale minimum viable product in any of the areas described above.
S. No Activities Date
1. Launch of Call for Proposals 04/05/2021
2. Last date of submission of proposals 07/06/2021
3. Project initiation 01/08/2021
4. Prototype scale-up to market deployable product with beta testing and regulatory approval (if any) 01/01/2022
5. Go to market 01/03/2022
6. Demonstration of successful deployment 20/03/2022