24th Convergence India 2016 expo, South Asia’s largest ICT, broadcast and digital media event, came to an end today with an overwhelming response from the industry, trade visitors and participating exhibitors.
The three-day expo witnessed 434 companies from 29 countries around the world showcasing the latest technologies and innovations. Over 125 eminent speakers took the dais to deliberate on the theme “Digital India” – roadmap, opportunities, challenges, infrastructure and investments.
Facilitating the Prime Minister’s vision of making India a digitally empowered economy, the 3rd day of the expo deliberated on affordable broadband for rural India at the 3rd Telecom Summit, powered by Microsoft.
S. Chandrasekhar, Group Director, Government affairs & public policy, Microsoft said: “Exhibitions India and convergence India provides a good platform for all telecom and ICT ecosystem to come together and exchange ideas, best practices and the best of technology.”
A presentation on “Internet of Things in Mobile Workforce Management” was given by Venkata Satyadeep Mane, Senior Manager Cyient, India who said: “Technology is an enabler to build smart solutions for rapid growth. Industries in India are therefore aiming to build cutting-edge technology solutions and services that will shape the digital revolution. Accordingly, the Indian ICT marketplace is going to experience substantial shifts in the coming days! In this content, I believe Convergence India is a fantastic platform to share and learn not just technology but various other elements of business solutions.”
Key session on “Opportunities in telecom sector arising from Big Data & Cloud” panellist Lux Rao, Country Leader-Future Cities & CTO-Technology Services, HP, India said: “The promise of Digital India has been successful in capturing the aspirations of a young India and the unbridled optimism is palpable. Smart Cities & Digital India is lending traction to the country’s modernization agenda.”
Speaking regarding Convergence India forum, he said: “Convergence India holds a mirror to the current state of programs & their progress and is a convergence of philosophy, ideas and action. The three-day program packs in an eclectic combination of knowledge & experience sharing, networking opportunities and a deep dive into fast emerging ethos of an empowered nation – Truly Digital, Truly India.”
Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group, said “The exhibitors have received quality visitors and have had a positive response on all three days of the expo. The concurrent conferences were productive with detailed discussions and presentations on ‘Digital India’.”
Landmark sessions at the 3rd of the 24th Convergence India 2016 expo included: 1st SCTE India Awards for Technical Excellence and Innovation in Digital Cable and Broadband, this annual event is an effort towards digital cable and broadband education certification, as a contribution to the industry.
Also, “GSMA India open day 2016” hosted discussion on India’s mobile industry growth trends and forecasts, challenges in this fast changing market, mechanisms being used to ease efforts in monetizing this market and the innovations India will need to deliver a Digital India from industry leaders.
Participating exhibiting names included Broadcom, C-Dot, Conax, Cyient, Ericsson, EMC, Harmonic, MediaTek, Microsoft, M-Star, Nagra, Sandisk, Telenor, and Thomson to name a few.
Convergence India 2016 expo was endorsed -by the Department of Electronics & Information Technology, the Ministry of Communications & Information Technology. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has also extended its support to the event.
Exhibitions India Group (EIG) has been serving the Indian Information Communication Technology sector by organizing the annual International Convergence India series of expos since 1992, and will witness its silver jubilee edition at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, during 8-10th Feb 2017.
Akhil Gupta, Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, India, “The Indian ICT sector is entering 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. The industry remains committed to the Government’s Digital India vision and I wish the organisers and participants at Convergence India 2016, a successful event.”
Sanjay Kaul, Managing Director, Service Provider Business, Cisco India & SAARC, said, “Cisco is committed to accelerating India’s digital transformation. We believe the government’s Digital India vision will unleash huge opportunities, revolutionize the way we live, work, play, and learn, and create huge opportunities for the country and its citizens.
The network is at the heart of digital business transformation – the rapid and escalating value derived from the interconnectivity of people, processes, data and things. With the world becoming increasingly digital, Convergence India is an important event for Cisco to demonstrate how we are best suited to help service providers of all types in their digitisation journeys enabling them to drive growth, accelerate innovation and impel digital business transformation.”
Pradip Baijal, Former Secretary, Government of India and Former Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) – “Everyone today wants ubiquitous, hence mobile broadband. India needs it more because it has very poor fixed-line teledensity, hence very poor fixed broadband density. 7 billion mobiles in the world have been converted to 3.5 billion mobile broadband. In India, less than 10% of mobiles have been converted to mobile broadband. This needs correction. I hope the conference will deliberate on this.”
Rajiv Kapur, Managing Director, Broadcom India: “Digital India promises to be a transformative force that will propel the country into a digital economy to reckon with. This presents a massive opportunity for technology to be used to redefine the paradigms of service delivery and bridge the rural-urban divide. To realise the potential and vision of a program of this ambition, complexity and scale, it will be crucial to forge strong partnerships between the government and the industry.” Commenting on the expo, he added, “Broadcom is happy to have been a long-term supporter of Convergence India and I am personally pleased to be a part of this show. Over the years, Convergence India has risen to become the definitive platform that brings together diverse voices of the ICT industry and the ecosystem to enable strategic conversations and collaborations on all important industry issues and matters.”
Rajan Mathews, Director General, COAI India, who will be moderating a key session on Internet for All – Key to the digital lifestyles, said: “With the Indian telecom industry growing at an unprecedented pace, we must collectively ensure right pricing policies. Competition may be managed through fair, transparent, and a level playing field in this year and in the future, as we move to provide effective and efficient futuristic technology, including M2M and IOT. We, in the industry, are working to make wireless communications pervasive and universal, so that the foundation of newer technology concepts, known as Internet of Things (IoT), can be strengthened.”
A.K. Choudhary, I.T.S., Development Commissioner, Sri City, SEZ, Telangana, India, “The source of computing and technology will be driving force for communication revolution. Such innovation and excellence will not only empower citizens but also empower India in its mission to become the most developing economy. Broadband technology shall connect business and individuals to the global marketplace and the larger economy.”
Rahul N. Bhardwaj, Co-Founder & COO, Junglee Games, India, “We are witnessing the revolution of our basic ecosystem at all levels. How we eat, travel, play are all changing and its Digital essence can be found here at the Expo. These Digital solutions for India will play a key role in pushing India to the forefront of the First World.”
Vikram Upadhyaya, Chief Mentor & Accelerator Evangelist, GHV Accelerator, ” Global market is witnessing a paradigm shift in Indian ICT and Startup India is going to play a key role. Indian ICT skills is the backbone of Start-up Era. Digital India will be attracting 10Bn US$ in next 5 years ”
Ajit Balakrishnan, Founder & CEO, Rediff.com, India, “I believe broadband is more critical a national infrastructure than roads and bridges for creating jobs for young people and generating GDP growth”
Kiran Karnik, Chairman, CII National Committee on Telecom & Broadband, India who was moderating the inaugural conference session on “Digital India” said: I am delighted that Convergence India has organised a session on Digital India, the panellist comprised of eminent names who bought a unique and different perspective on the various issues involved. The result was an excellent session which provided many insights and useful suggestions.”
Lux Rao, Country Leader & CTO-Technology Services, HP, “ The promise of Digital India has been successful in capturing the aspirations of an young India and the unbridled optimism is palpable Smart Cities & Digital India is lending traction to the country’s modernization agenda.
Convergence India holds a mirror to the current state of programs & their progress and is a convergence of philosophy, ideas and action. The three-day program packs in an eclectic combination of knowledge & experience sharing, networking opportunities and a deep dive into fast emerging ethos of an empowered nation – Truly Digital, Truly India.”
Probir Roy, Co-Founder, Paymate, India said: “The Indian digital industry is on track to become the fastest growing in the World. In all respects. With I billion mobile customers, 400 million internet users and 900 million UID’s. It is poised to explode. Are we ready? Time to Stand up India. Deliver India.”
Venkata Satyadeep Mane, Senior Manager, Cyient said: “Technology is an enabler to build smart solutions for rapid growth. Industries in India are therefore aiming to build cutting-edge technology solutions and services that will shape the digital revolution. Accordingly, the Indian ICT marketplace is going to experience substantial shifts in the coming days! In this content, I believe Convergence India is a fantastic platform to share and learn not just technology but various other elements of business solutions.”
Prof H Sama Nwana, Executive Director, Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, “I think PM Modi’s initiative and all the key important talks and initiatives are extremely commendable. However, there is a need for joint of regulatory policy in India to make all of this work properly with a very clear implementation unit from PMO.”