India's telecom equipment imports increased 20% to Rs. 74,116 crore last fiscal, according to the government data.
These imports stood at Rs. 61,539.01 crore in 2012-13, while they were Rs. 74,116.21 crore in 2013-14, the data added.
These imports stood at Rs. 52,310.47 crore between April 2015 and October 2015.
The government has been taking steps to promote domestic manufacturing and R&D of telecom equipment.
These include 100% FDI allowance in manufacturing of telecom products under the automatic route, imposition of basic custom duty of 10% on specified telecom products outside the ITA and education cess on imported electronic goods.