Theme: App Economy: Interplay between Telcos and OTTs
The App Economy in India has been jumpstarted by the new age start-ups, commonly referred to as “Over The Top (OTT)” players.
Compass (2015) upgraded Bengaluru from
#19 to #15 in its Global Start-up Ecosystem Ranking, much
to the delight of all of us. The
app economy and the
traditional economy are overlapping to a greater extent. Apps are being integrated into many traditional activities
ranging from grocery shopping to calling a cab, a trend that
is rapidly spilling revenue from almost every industry in the higher revenue traditional economy into the app
economy. It is expected that the spill-overs
are greater in emerging countries such
as India where there are substantial inefficiencies in the traditional industries. This has also caught
the attention of funding agencies. While more than $4 billion
was invested in start-ups in India
2014, the meter is up to $1.5 billion in Q1 of 2015, indicative of the promise of this sector of the economy.
Simultaneously, the telecom, mobile and Internet infrastructure backbone that is required for the app economy is also gearing up. Nationwide 3G mobile
service is available and
year 2016 is expected to be the “Year of 4G mobile”. Mobile broadband subscriber
base is touching 100 Million and
continues to grow at a quarterly
growth rate of more than 15%.
Hence the interplay between telcos and OTTs are very important to bolster the app economy.
Meanwhile, the “Net Neutrality” debate is also peaking with the world watching our policy steps on this issue closely.
Mobile India 2016 will explore opportunities and challenges of the
App Economy and the interplay
between Telcos and OTTs
in the following four sessions with
all stakeholders in the ecosystem:
Morning Keynote Address:
Dr. Henning Schulzrinne, Levi Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University & CTO, United States Federal Communications Commission
Afternoon Keynote Address
Mr. Samiran Gupta, Head-India,
Internet Consortium for Assigned Names and
Session 1: The start-up
ecosystem and its role in the App Economy
The fledgling start-up ecosystem in India is growing rapidly
leveraging the strength of information and communication technologies in
various areas. This has generated
both direct and indirect employment and has contributed to local and national
economy. Bangalore houses more start-ups than any other place in the country.
Though there are criticisms of Indian start-ups aping those in the U.S., there
are some fine grained technology and business innovations that these start-ups
are doing with specific reference to the somewhat unique Indian context.
The panelists from start-ups, venture funds, and consulting firms will
discuss the problems, challenges and solutions in building a robust app economy.
Chinnu Senthilkumar, Partner
and CTO, Exfinity Ventures Pradeep Nair, Co-Founder
and CEO, Confianzyz
Mohit Kumar, Data
Dr. T.K. Srikanth (Moderator), Professor, IIIT-Bangalore
Session 2: Telcos’ role in the App Economy
While Telcos have been concentrating on their network deployments to improve coverage
capacity, they are being
threatened with relegation to being mere bandwidth providers. The
magic monetization of each byte
through their networks has eluded
them while they are being threatened
with being marginalized to some extent by the OTTs. However, Telcos can be considered
player” in the game as they
guard their forte of network infrastructure
and radio spectrum. How do Telcos view their
role in the app economy? What
is the interplay between Telcos and OTTs
in the app economy?
The panelists from mobile operators, Internet Service Providers, and
start-ups will discuss the above and related issues in co-opetition.
Pre-event article on the session topic in Hindu Business
Line can be accessed at: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/imprisoned-in-the-box/article7992618.ece?css=print
Ishwardutt Parulkar, Cisco
Distinguished Engineer, Cisco
Dr. Pravin Bhagwat, Founder
and Chief Technology Officer, AirTight Networks
SR Raja, Associate Vice President, Persistent Systems
Dr. D. Manjunath (Moderator),
Session 3: ICT for Innovation
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies was founded on 17 May, 1865
2015-16 marks the 150th Anniversary of ITU. In line with
the theme for the year “ICT for innovation”, this session is devoted to ITU’s mission of connecting the entire world population. Critical to this is the telecom infrastructure including allocation
and assignment of radio spectrum
which is part of the
role of ITU.
This session co-hosted with the ITU Asia Pacific Telecommunity Foundation of India (IAFI) Bangalore
chapter, will have panelists from Start-ups, ITU,
telcos, equipment makers and telecom infrastructure
providers to discuss
how ICT enabled Innovation
can give a boost to the
new app economy.
Shri. Anil Kaushal, Member, TRAI Shri. Vipin Tyagi, Executive
Shri. Vimal Wakhlu, Managing Director, TCIL Shri. P.K. Garg, Former Wireless Advisor, GoI
T.R. Dua, Chairman, Infrastructure
Dr. Shailendra Hajela (Moderator),
Chairman, ITU APT Foundation of India
Session 4: Law, regulation and policy of App Economy
The app economy does not stand on its
own. It is interwoven with the traditional economy and industry. Hence there are a number
of issues in legality,
liability, responsibility and ownership of the OTTs compared to traditional industries. While the
governments all over the
world are grappling with this, India
has had its share with liability
and licensing of app based taxi aggregation service, taxes with
respect to app based e-commerce
services, authentication of mobile
payment services and so on.
This session will have
panelists from law, social organizations, academia, government and OTTs who
will discuss the nuances in law, regulation and policy in the app economy.
Dr. H. Jamadagni, Professor, IISc Parnil Urdhwareshe, Researcher, ICRIER
Deepak Maheshwari (Moderator),
Head-Government Affairs, Symantec