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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
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?
|9:00-9:45||Keynote Address -1|
|9:45-11:15||Session 1: State of the Net: Challenges and Opportunities for Telcos|
|11:15-11:30||Tea Break-1 and Networking|
|11:30 -13:00||Session 2: Domesticity: Handsets, applications, equipment, and software|
|13:00-14:00||Lunch and Networking|
|14:00-14:30||Keynote Address -2|
|14:30-16:00||Session 3: U-Governance: Ubiquitous Government services through mobiles|
|16:00-16:15||Tea Break-2 and Networking|
|16:15-17:45||Session 4: Regulation and Policy: Power of OTTs vs. telcos|