Bharat Electronics, Tejas Networks Sign MoU
Tejas Networks has signed a pact with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), the country’s public sector enterprise which is the premier defence solution provider. Thememorandum of understanding (MoU) will allow BEL to use Tejas’ optical transmission, access, and dataswitching products for domestic and export markets by jointly capitalising on the emerging opportunities in defence communication, strategic communication, smart city, homeland security, metro and state network projects under the government’s ‘Make-in-India’ initiative.
Tejas Networks has also received purchase orders worth over Rs 60 crore from BEL, towards supply and services of its optical and data networking equipment for various projects won by the public sector unit, which includes the Kerala Fibre Optic Network, defence communication networks and Smart City projects. “Communication technology is becoming a critical part of defence systems and having an indigenous eco-system is important to address our longterm strategic needs,” Bharat Electronics Limited Director (marketing) Anandi Ramalingam said, adding that the company was pleased to partner with Tejas Networks, India’s leading R&D-driven telecom products company in the private sector, and combine our complementary strengths to address emerging opportunities in the defence, strategic and civilian sector.
“BEL has proven capabilities in delivering projects that require complex electronic system design, engineering and production, while Tejas is strong in R&D-led, high-technology product development for optical and data communication. Working together, we expect to create a strong indigenous R&D-driven ecosystem, which will reduce our dependence on foreign technology and boost high-value, indigenous electronics manufacturing within the country, in line with the Make in India programme,” he said.