“WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal are popular but have privacy issues. C-DoT has also a similar messaging app with all features that can be used for enterprise usage without having any privacy concerns,” TCIL chairman Sanjeev Kumar told ETTelecom, and added that the app is already being used by senior government officials for secured communication.
India’s telecom technology research and development arm has designed and developed the Samvad app which is available on Android and iOS platforms for secure calling, chatting as well as sharing location, audio and video files.
Apps such as Signal and Telegram have recently witnessed a surge in downloads following the controversial privacy update by Facebook’s WhatsApp.
Delhi-based TCIL is partnering with C-DoT to further develop the Samvad app to make it device-agnostic, and according to Kumar, it could be easily installed on a desktop or fixed line phone. The former also plans to market it as a platform-as-a-service after integrating enterprise-grade functions for large businesses or organisations.
Currently, the enterprise connectivity market stands at Rs 25,000 crore in the country, according to industry estimates.
The subscribers could not initiate video conferencing on desktop using WhatsApp, but according to the top official, the Samwad app allows consumers to undertake a video and audio conferencing involving multiple members.
The new initiative by state-run telecom engineering company, on the back of recent privacy concerns and Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) campaign, may further help it to corner a decent share in India’s video conferencing market which stands at Rs 8,000 crore.
“We are optimistic about Samwad app prospects. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, most of the people are comfortable in staying at home while remaining connected to the outside world for professional and personal needs,” Kumar added.
The state-owned company is also strategically planning to integrate solutions with optimum value-addition to bring secured and reliable products to the market that would also reduce cost for end users.
“We want to use Indian technology while C-DoT is a focussed organisation which has designed secured, cost-competent and efficient products even better than vendors like Nokia and Ericsson,” Kumar said, adding that the industry could deploy fourth generation (4G) core and Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks designed and developed locally.
The state-run company is re-focussing on its core strengths, and in an ambition to diversify, is making strategic moves in areas such as innovation-led enterprise connectivity and next-generation solutions.