CSIR and DoT to establish time stamping & time synchronisation network

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for establishing a nationwide time stamping & time synchronisation network.

The MoU was signed by Dr. D.K. Aswal, Director, CSIR-NPL and by Amit Mishra, DDG, Department of Telecommunications in the presence of Dr. Girish Sahni, Director General, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR and Prabhash Singh, Member (Technology), Department of Telecommunications, senior officials from DoT, CSIR and CSIR-NPL.

Dr. D. K. Aswal emphasized that nationwide time stamping & time synchronization network consist of 22 numbers of time synchronization centers (TSC’s) to be set up by DoT with technical assistance from CSIR-NPL. 

This network will provide synchronizing pulse in Indian Standard Time (IST) to all telecom and Internet Service providers (ISPs) in all the 22 LSA (Licensed Service Areas) in the country. 

The project will be implemented in two phases. In the first phase, TSC’s will be set up in four metro and in the second phase remaining 22 LSA’s will be covered.

The primary purpose of synchronizing the telecom network with IST time stamp is to enable the security agencies to overcome the difficulty in analyzing and correlating the cyber events in this era of greatly increasing network speed with advancement of telecom technology (2G to 3G to 4G to 5G etc.).The implementation of the project will also improve the telecom network efficiency by reducing packet loss due to reduced slips in better synchronized digital network.

Dr. Girish Sahni, DG, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR, on the occasion said, “The time set on Indian Telecom Networks should be in Indian Standard Time (IST) zone to uniquely identify the user(subscriber) of network on tracing of the IP address and other parameters. Presently, Telecom Service Provider/Internet Service Provider are taking the reference time from different sources viz. GPS from GNSS and these sources do not have the traceability with IST.”

Prabhash Singh, Member (Technology) said, “After establishment and implementation of a pan India time synchronization & time stamping across the Indian telecom Network, all the network of the TSP/ISPs will be traceable with the Indian Standard Time which will eliminate the problem of the time synchronization among the TSP/ISPs.” 

This will lead to better efficiency of telecom network and reduce the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) call drop, improve the quality of service of both voice and video. The time standardization will help to curb cybercrimes and will also help to identify and correlate the various digital financial transactions.


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