The Seconded European Standardization Expert in India (SESEI)

Luis Dinesh SESEIThe three European Standards Organizations (ESOs: CEN, CENELEC and ETSI), the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) have appointed a Seconded European Standardization Expert to represent us in India. This is the SESEI project.

The SESEI project aims to promote EU-India co-operation on standards and related policies and regulation. The overall objective is to:

  • enhance the visibility of European standardization activities
  • increase co-operation between Indian and European standardization bodies
  • support European companies facing standardization related issues which hamper market access to India

The current Expert, Dinesh Chand Sharma (pictured right in the photo above with the ETSI Director-General), was appointed in March 2013 and is based in the European Business and Technology Centre in New Delhi. He acts as a bridge-builder between the European and Indian standardization communities.

ETSI is responsible for the daily management of this project.

For more information about the project, please see the SESEI website or contact Partnerships.

There is a similar project in China – the SESEC project. These projects are co-financed by the European Commission, the European Free Trade Association and the ESOs.

Long-standing partners in India

ETSI already had well established relationships in India. With the assistance of the SESEI expert, we are strengthening them and exploring new partnerships.

In particular, we were able to assist with the establishment of the new Indian Telecom Standards Development Organization, the Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI).

With 1.2 billion people and the world’s fourth-largest economy, India’s recent growth and development have placed the country at the economic forefront of the South-Asia region. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and could soon overtake Japan as the world’s third largest economy after the US and China.

The value of EU-India trade including services grew from €28.6 billion in 2003 to €96.3 billion in 2013, and EU investment in India more than tripled between 2003 and 2010, going from €759 million in 2003 to €3 billion in 2010 and to €12 billion in 2012.*

The Indian telecoms sector is more than 165 years old but it was only after the introduction of mobile telephony and inclusion of private telecom service providers that the sector has truly blossomed in India. The country reached an overall tele-density of 77.1% by the end of 2014. Today India is the second largest mobile telecoms market in the world, after China.

The smartphone growth** in urban India has taken off, a whopping 51 million people in urban India were using smartphones in 2013. Within one year, the share of smartphones in the mobile market of urban India basically doubled - jumping from 9% in 2012 to 17% in 2013. In the metro areas, more than one in five (23%) people now carry a smartphone. However, deployment of 3G and 4G networks has been slow due to spectrum scarcity, poor capital investment and a micro-regulated market.

The government of India has set new targets for telecoms development: India should reach 100% tele-density and ‘Broadband for all’ (600m broadband connections) by 2020. Government has also started rolling out National Optic Fiber Network (NOFN) to accomplish the set target of bringing high quality broadband access to all 250K village panchayats connecting nearly 654K villages of India.

To meet government’s targets, India is therefore expected to experience significant and rapid growth in its telecoms sector in the remaining years of this decade.

* World Bank/Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)/EC DG Trade
** Nielsen report