Mobile India 2015 | Comsnets 2015
JANUARY 6 - 10
BANGALORE, INDIA


Vidhana Soudha by Ranganath Krishnamani

Mobile India 2015

Mobile India 2015 - COMSNETS 2015


Workshop Date: Friday, January 9, 2015

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Mobile India Speaker Profile

Session Sponsors:

Airtel
Mahindra Comviva
Sasken

Online Media Partner:

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Mobile App Partner:

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Mobile India 2015 is one of the first premier conferences and will be the curtain raiser for the Wireless Broadband revolution in the country. It is associated with The Seventh International Conference on COMmunication Systems NETworkS (COMSNETS), the world's premier international conference on networking and communications technology innovation.

Theme: wireless broadband: challenges and opportunities

India is in the cusp of another revolution - Telecom 2.0. Having reached a mobile subscriber base of more than 950 million, the next step for India is to leverage the power of wireless broadband. 3G networks in the country are evolving towards a state of maturity and 4G networks are almost here. Regulation has moved forward with notable achievements in the areas of spectrum liberalization, unified licensing, spectrum trading and sharing, liberalized mergers & acquisition norms. However, making Telecom 2.0 a reality requires active participation and commitment from various stakeholders in the value chain: network equipment makers, handset vendors, content providers, mobile operators, Internet Service Providers, regulators and policy makers, system integrators, and software developers.

Mobile India 2015 will explore opportunities and challenges that wireless broadband offers in the following four sessions with all stakeholders in the ecosystem:

Session 1: State of the Net: Challenges and opportunities for Telcos

Though Indian telcos are uniquely positioned to address the second largest mobile market in the world, they are constrained by (i) limited spectrum, (ii) intense competition and consequent price wars, and (iii) unpredictable demand for network capacity and services.

How are they coping?

Session 2: Domesticity: Handsets, applications, equipment, and software

For the first time, domestic handset vendors have replaced multinationals in top slots. With projects such as Google One on its way, it is only to be expected that 2015 will be the "year of Smartphones", thus paving way for rich services to be "massively" available. The "app economy" has caught on with numerous start-ups blossoming in various parts of the country each hoping to leverage the ubiquitous connectivity and the exponential adoption of Smartphones and Tablets.

What is the future in this sphere?

Session 3: U-Governance: Ubiquitous Government services through mobiles
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The Central and various State Governments have committed to leveraging wireless broadband for providing e-Governance services. Suitable architecture and service delivery models are being established.

Will the Telecom 2.0 make "Digital India"? Or will it Digital India drive the wireless broadband revolution?

Session 4: Regulation and Policy: Power of OTTs vs. telcos

While India is yet to wake up on "Net Neutrality" issues, the global as well as local Over The Top (OTT) players are disrupting the traditional telco models and services. Power of OTTs are being felt in the once Telco dominated marketplace.

What kind of Telco-OTT interface will emerge?



Schedule for the Day

Time

Sessions

8:00-9:15

Registration

9:15-10:15

Keynote Address: Why Your Smartphone May Know More About You Than You Might Guess

Dr. Venkat Padmanabhan, Principal Researcher and Research Manager, Microsoft Research India

10:15-10:30

Tea Break-1 and Networking

10:30-12:00

Session 1: State of the Net: Challenges and Opportunities for Telcos

Panelists

S.J.S. Selvinson, VP and CTO, Bharti Airtel, Karnataka
Yathish Nagavalli, CTO, Huawei Technologies India
Jayant Moghe, Practice Head - Mobile Broadband, Ericsson India Limited
Rajesh Chharia, President, Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI)
Swami Krishnan (Moderator), VP and Chief Marketing Officer, Sasken Communication Technologies

12:00 -13:30

Session 2: Domesticity: Handsets, applications, equipment, and software

 

Panelists

Jayanth Mysore, Product Manager, Google
Shirish Purohit, Head - Sales and Marketing Support, Tejas Networks
George Mathews, Founder Director, Icarus Design Services and Icarus Nova
Arvind Pani, CEO, Reverie Technologies
Dr. T.K. Srikanth (Moderator), Professor, IIIT-Bangalore

13:30-14:30

Lunch and Networking

14:30-15:00

Keynote Address: Sascha Meinrath, Director, X-Lab and Founder, Open Technology Institute, USA

15:00-16:30

Session 3: U-Governance: Ubiquitous Government services through mobiles

Panelists

Dr. D.S. Ravindran, Secretary – Finance and ex-Secretary - IT, Govt. of Karnataka
Dr. Pramod Varma, Chief Architect, Aadhaar
Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation
Abhijit Gupta, Co-Founder & Director, Praxify
Dr. Amit Prakash, Professor, IIIT-Bangalore

16:30-17:00

Tea Break-2 and Networking

 

17:00-18:30

Session 4: Regulation and Policy: Power of OTTs vs. telcos

Panelists

Rajkumar Upadhyay, ex-Adviser, TRAI & Director, DoT      
Sundeep Kathuria, Executive Vice President, Policy and Regulation, Vodafone India
Ganesh Jayadevan, SVP - Messaging & Broadband solutions, Mahindra Comviva
Dr. G. Venkatesh, Chief Strategy Officer, Sasken Communication Technologies
Dr. D. Manjunath (Moderator), Professor, IIIT-Bangalore

18:30-18:45

Closing Remarks by Co-Chairs

Dr. V. Sridhar, Professor, IIIT-Bangalore
Dr. D. Manjunath, Professor, IIT-Bombay


Workshop Co-Chairs


V. Sridhar

IIIT Bangalore, India

vsridhar@iiitb.ac.in

D. Manjunath

IIT Bombay, India

dmanju@ee.iitb.ac.in