a) The Union Minister for HRD, communications & IT Kapil Sibal suggested that a joint working group of industry led by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and government be set up to realise the broadband vision for inclusive growth.
Addressing the Broadband Summit 2012 co-organised by CII and Department of Telecom, the Minister reiterated his commitment to complete the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) by December 2013, saying that "the resultant possibilities for empowerment were limitless." Sibal focussed on the need to lower costs and create relevant, multilingual content, said a CII release.
b) R Chandrashekhar, chairman, Telecom Commission & secretary, department of telecom, called for collaboration at all levels so that an entire ecosystem is created so as to realise the full potential of broadband. There was need for a lot of innovation and entrepreneurship, he added.
c) J Satyanarayana, secretary, Department of Electronics & IT, said setting up a seamless, national information infrastructure was critical to ensure that economic benefits flow to the last mile. The decider, he said, would be how many people are being reached or how many people are users.
d) Highlighting the potential of broadband, Robert Pepper, vice president, Global Technology Policy, Cisco, informed that more traffic will traverse global networks in 2016 than that from the beginning of internet till today, combined. India's IP traffic is forecast to grow 11 times that in 2011, a CAGR of 62%, by 2016. Internet users are expected to rise to 502 million in the same period.
e) N Ravi Shankar, administrator USOF, said the industry needs to focus on the transformational aspects of the NOFN. Since the idea is to connect the 250,000 gram panchayats in the country, he suggested a public-private-panchayat partnership for achieving the targets and goals set by the National Telecom Policy 2012.
f) Acknowledging the fact the broadband contributes directly and substantially to GDP growth, Kiran Karnik, chairman, CII National Committee on Telecom & Broadband, stressed on the need for close partnership between industry and government to meet the challenge of building sustainability and scalability into the proposed network.
g) Earlier, Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII said that broadband represented the next big technology leap and would revolutionize the way we do things in India, especially in the delivery of public services.
h) The Summit, attended by representatives from government, industry, international organizations, academia, focused on strategies and solutions to facilitate greater broadband adoption that will develop smart connected communities.
Broadband Summit 2012 with the theme “Broadband Ecosystem for Inclusive Growth” held on 20 - 21st December 2012 at Bangalore.
India is going through an unprecedented phase of challenges and myriad opportunities to support equitable and sustainable proliferation of Broadband in the country. With the National Telecom Policy-2012, the vision of ‘Broadband on Demand’ and leveraging telecom infrastructure to enable all citizens and businesses, both in rural and urban areas, to participate in the Internet and web economy strengthens. In order to leverage the large opportunities and to bring the envisioned development and emancipation of the country, the creation of a Broadband Information Super Highway is also appropriate.
Broadband services not only play a principal role in the economic growth of a country, but also act as pillars of developmental infrastructure. The Broadband Convergence Summit thus provides a platform to showcase the technologies, innovations and opportunities that enable Broadband inclusivity in India. The event will deliberate on how to drive the usage of broadband through available content and services and what all policy initiatives were required for stimulation.The Summit will also play a critical role in harnessing and leveraging the power of technology to change communication and hence, impact profits and the lives of common citizens for the better.
This summit aimed to bring forth the true potential of this next-generation broadband network and the transformative new functionalities it enables, to support a broad range of Web-based applications, delivering large benefits to citizens, educational institutions, businesses, society, and the economy. CII wishes to provide a platform for deliberations to take place, on major changes in vision and strategic revamp required, in the broadband ecosystem, to push it above the current growth trajectory. Only such a visionary approach towards growth of broadband can result in significant social, economic and environmental impact in India.
CII therefore strives to facilitate greater adoption of broadband that will develop smart connected communities that enable all stakeholders to share information and collaborate through technology and build up physical structure security. 300 officials, planners and industry experts from various world regions participated in this event, including representatives from governments, international organizations, academia, civil society and private sector.
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