Zoho, HCL for Zoom, Google Meet Alternatives
The government of India has shortlisted ten companies including SaaS major Zoho and tech giant HCL Technologies, for developing a made-in-India video conferencing solution in India. Other selected companies are PeopleLink, Aria Telecom, CyberHorizon Corp, Instrive Softlabs, PeopleLink Unified Communications Sarv Webs, Soulpage IT Solutions, Techgentsia Software Technologies and Data Ingenious.
These companies will receive INR 5 Lakh from the government to develop a prototype of a product similar to Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams and other products. This is the first round of the selection. After this, the government will shortlist three startups out of 10 to build the product further. These three startups will receive INR 20 Lakh for building the video-conferencing platform.
After the third round, the government will select the best solution which will get the final contract. The contract is said to be for a period of four years. In the first year, the government is expected to pay INR 1 Cr to the selected startup while additional INR 10 Lakh will be given to the company in the next three years for operations and maintenance of the solution. Data said that the company can also sell the solution to others as well.
Meanwhile, the government is also separately building its own video-conferencing platform. The government has given the responsibility to develop a secure video conferencing platform to Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) to be used by government officials, judiciary and public.