Digital Communication Innovation Square (DCIS) scheme
The digital communication innovations square under the champion services sector scheme has been launched by the ministry of communications, the government of India. The duration of the Digital communication innovation square will be four years from 2022-23 to 2025-26. The implementing agency for the scheme is the Telecom center of excellence (TCOE) India.
Who can apply?
• Startups (Scaling Stage)/MSMEs who have already tested their prototypes (hardware/software innovations) with or without any user agency and 50% or more of the fund to be brought by Startups/MSMEs
• Any individual who is seeking further validations before becoming market-ready with a demonstrable demand can apply.
• Minimum TRL6 level & higher
• To provide financial support to those projects who have reached proof of the concept.
• ICT, businesses, Startups, Manufacturing, and Small and Medium Enterprises, are eligible to apply for the scheme in these business categories.
Objectives of the scheme
The following objectives of the scheme are given in the following points:
• Promoting the ecosystem for research, design, development, proof of concept testing, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) creation, pilot project, and manufacturing as well as a complete value chain to make India a global hub to produce telecommunication equipment and a center for digital communication services.
• Developing standards to meet national requirements and participating in international standardization bodies to contribute to the formulation of global standards, in that way making India a leading nation in the area of international telecom standardization
• To promote India-specific application development that matches with behavioral patterns of the masses and adds value to their day-to-day life in the manner of economic and social.
• Create synergies among the Academia, Research Institutes, Startups, and Industry for capacity building and development of a balanced telecom ecosystem by organizing workshops/seminars/webinars for exchanging their views, plans, expectations, and concerns in a free and constructive manner
• This scheme bridges the gap between R&D and commercialization
Focus areas of the scheme
This scheme is mainly focused on the particular area which is related to communication services in India. The scheme will promote indigenous innovation and future technology it will add value to the Indian telecom sector.
• LTE advanced, 5G, software-defined networks (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV) IOT/M2M, the cloud, and data analytics.
• Backhaul radio and communication technology
• Core and Edge Routers, Soft Switches, Ethernet Switches, xDSL, Modems, Routers, Dongles, Data Cards, Mobile Handsets, Wireless Access Points, etc.
• Security and Surveillance Equipment, Sensors
• Convergence of Telecom, IT, and Broadcasting Technologies
• Over-the-top (OTT) services like drivers for penetration of broadband services
• To promote green and energy-efficient technologies and solutions for the telecom sector or communications
• Any other area considered commercially viable in the future.