The inaugural session will be an opportunity to hear India’s political and policy leaders lay out the vision for the ICT growth and reforms for the digital economy sector. What new reforms have been announced, since the current government took office in 2014? What new steps have been envisaged to ensure proliferation of technologies, and to attract large scale, long term, high quality, capital investment to India’s ICT sector while protecting consumer interest? An insight into policy priorities over the next 1 year will be in focus.
Plenary Session I:
Broadband and Wireless Internet for a Billion
A Digital India for sustainable development
With over a billion mobile subscribers and over 400 million internet users, India is rapidly moving towards realizing the dream of universal access. New competition, technologies and business models have been unleased into the Indian market place. National broadband backbone is under construction. Is the transformation from a voice dominant market to a data market, a near term reality? What should be the role of the government and the regulator in this phase of delivering internet access to a billion Indians? What is the impact of these changes on infrastructure investments, consumer interest, inclusive growth and sustainable development?
Visionary Keynote Address
“Assessing Future Trends and Regulatory Reforms of Telecom sector”
Plenary Session II:
NexGen Internet: IMT 2020, White Spaces, Solar Planes and Loons
Can India become the Republic of Technologies?
In the last 25 years, cellular technologies helped the developing world leapfrog nearly a hundred years over the 20th century dominated by fixed line telephony. The stage is now set for revolutionary new technologies. What promise do the NexGen of access related technologies, hold out for developing countries? Can new technologies be mass deployed swiftly? Are there regulatory and competition issues at play? How can benefits of new and sometimes disruptive technologies be ensured to consumers, while maintaining orderly growth of the sector?
Plenary Session III:
M2M and IOT take-off: A Call to Action
Can India repeat its mobile success story?
M2M and IOT hold the promise of being the next big revolution in the ICT sector. Estimates put the number at 50 billion internet connected devices globally by 2020. In India M2M technologies are expected to impact applications, media, infrastructure management, manufacturing, energy, health care, transportation and a range of consumer applications. In a rapidly developing country like India what will it take to ensure M2M success? Can M2M succeed, similar to the mobile revolution of the ’90s? Will it help bridge the digital divide between developed and developing countries, and amongst citizens of developing countries?
Plenary Session IV:
Can Wireless Devices meet the ‘Billion Online’ Dream?
Challenges and opportunities for device industry.
In addition to the wireless infrastructure, wireless devices at affordable price will play an important role in internet penetration across the developing world, especially in India. India is expected to have 200 million smart phones by the end of 2016. Moreover, growing usage of smartphones, especially in urban areas, is driving usage of internet on hand-held devices. But are these enough to ensure universal access to internet? What promises does the industry hold? What can make India the new product development hub? What is working and what is not? What policy issues need to be prioritized to ensure that access to smart devices beyond the 400 million does not become a challenge?
Special Session on Cyber Security
Plenary Session V:
Ease-of-Doing Business: NexGen Reforms
What got us here? Will it get us there?
India completes 25 years of telecom reforms next year. Private investments have dominated the ICT sector more than any other during the last 2 decades. The government since 2014, has paid special attention to “ease-of-doing-business”. What might be some of the latest policies that have helped improve India’s ranking as a favored global destination for business and investments? What else needs to be done to welcome NexGen technologies, and to attract large scale ICT investments from within India and across the world? Recommendations from this session will be submitted for consideration to concerned government departments.
Open House Session
Senior Government Officials interact on policy and regulatory issues
A special session where the government’s India’s leading policy makers and licensor come face-to-face with investors and analysist to discuss issues and respond to queries. This no-holds-barred session has always been a delegates’ favorite to get direct responses to existing questions, doubts and invites immediate attention of India’s top ICT policy decision makers to contemporary issues and future concerns.