India has emerged as one of the most promising markets for IT and Telecommunications companies, with initiatives such as Digital India, Make-in-India and Made-in-India propelling growth and encouraging major tech companies like Facebook, Microsoft and Google, who are preparing to serve the Indian rural market.
India is in the midst of a digital revolution, and the government has unveiled new policies and regulations to accelerate the adoption of ICT in key economic and strategic sectors to increase India’s competitiveness and productivity.
Facilitating the Prime Minister’s vision of transforming India into a digitally empowered economy, the 24th edition of South Asia’s Largest ICT, Broadcast and Digital Media expo was organised on Jan 25, 2016 in New Delhi.
Present during the inaugural ceremony, Akhil Gupta, Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, said, “The Indian ICT sector has entered an exciting growth phase led by the proliferation of digital media and technologies. With over one billion mobile connections, the country’s transformation into a digital economy will be driven by mobile broadband, which will help hundreds of millions of Indians benefit by connecting to the Internet.”
Keynote speaker at the Convergence India forum, Pradip Baijal, Former Secretary, Government of India and Former Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), said, “Today’s India and Indians want to be informed and connected 24×7, hence mobile broadband. India has very poor fixed line teledensity and fixed broadband density. Of seven billion mobiles in the world, 3.5 billion have been converted to mobile broadband.”
Participating exhibitors include Appear TV, Cisco Systems, Elemental Technologies, Ericsson, NAGRA, RiverSilica, SanDisk India and Telenor, among others.
Eminent speakers included R.S. Sharma, Chairman, TRAI, India; Kiran Karnik, Chairman, CII National Committee on Telecom & Broadband, India; Rajiv Kapur, Managing Director, Broadcom, India; Sanjay Kaul, Managing Director – Service Provider Business, Cisco, India and SAARC; Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor, India; Pankaj Mohindroo, National President, ICA, India; Devender Singh Rawat, Managing Director and CEO, Bharti Infratel Ltd., India; Syed Safawi, CEO, Viom Networks Ltd., India among others.