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NR Convergence Summit (Content, Data & Entertainment)
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  • In his welcome address, Mr Arun K Malik, Member, CII (NR) Regional Committee on Manufacturing Competitiveness, discussed the current state of the telecom industry in India, the growth of the industry in the last few years and the factors that have fuelled this growth. Mr Malik highlighted how the Smartphone segment is expected to be the fastest growing segment in the handset market and how its growth potential has induced many media and entertainment majors to invest heavily in the robust and flexible communication infrastructure.
  • In setting the theme for the Summit, Mr Mritunjay Kapur, Country Managing Director, Protiviti Consulting Private Limited India, indicated that though the industry is facing many challenges such as spectrum pricing and refarming, it still holds a lot of potential to grow and contribute towards the enablement of the economy through the various ancillary industries that have developed. Mr Kapur stressed upon the importance of the Mobile Value Added Services in the telecom industry by highlighting that it contributes around 11% to the total revenues generated in the industry and in the next 3-5 years it is expected to contribute around 30-35%.
  • Mr Siddharth Zarabi, Editor-Economic Policy and Delhi Bureau Chief, CNBC TV18, focused on the role of infrastructure in bringing about the transformation of the telecom industry. Mr Zarabi asserted that one of the biggest challenges faced while scaling up the infrastructure is profitability. Mr Zarabi further added that the industry will soon see a consolidation of infrastructure just like consolidation in the number of operators.
  • In his inaugural address, the Chief Guest Mr Vipin Tyagi, Director, Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), started with the belief that what the industry is witnessing right now can be termed as a change of poles whereby it is moving away from voice-oriented markets with low ARPUs towards a more mature market. Mr Tyagi asserted that since the country faces problems which are quite different from the ones faced by the developed world, what we need to focus on is innovation and not imitation. Providing innovative solutions, Mr Tyagi added, would specially be helpful in fuelling the growth of internet services in rural India where the demand for these services have been driven by demand for entertainment but the supply still remains low. Mr Tyagi talked about Google Fiber, an experimental broadband internet network infrastructure based on fiber-optic communication, as an example of an innovative solution combining internet and entertainment.  
  • The Conclave marked the presence of renowned speakers including Mr Rajiv Makhni, Managing Editor - Technology, NDTV; Mr Sanjay Sinha, Vice President – Mobile Content, ACL Wireless, Mr Jagdish Mitra, Chief Executive Officer, CanvasM;, Mr Neeraj Arora, Director – Internet Business Solutions Group, Asia Pacific Japan and China, Cisco Systems; Mr Lishoy Bhaskar, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MobME Wireless Solutions; Mr Bimal Dayal, Chief Operating Officer, Indus Towers Ltd; Mr Rajnish Wahi, Chief Executive Officer, Radius Infratel (P) Ltd; Mr Amit Marwah, Chief Technology Officer, Nokia Siemens Network; Mr Umang Das, Chief Mentor, Viom Networks, and Director General, Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association; Mr Gyanendra Kumar, Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Regulatory, ATC India Tower Corporation Pvt Ltd; Mr Rishi Raj, Associate Editor, The Financial Express; Mr Dinesh Pillai, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra SSG, Mr Rajan S Mathew, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI); Mr Sanjay Vidhyarthi, Managing Director - India, TELMAR Network Technolog; Mr Sandeep Gupta, Managing Director, Protiviti Consulting Private Limited India.; Mr Kirit Joshi, Sr Vice President, Sai; Mr Nitin Bhandari, Associate Vice President – New Products and Partnerships, Vodafone India Ltd; Mr Samit Ray, Head Government Affairs and Regulatory – India Region, 3M India Ltd
  • The Summit was attended by more than 150 participants from the industry and acclaimed overwhelmed support and recognition.
 
Description

With the second largest subscriber base in the world, India has been adorning the mantle of the fastest growing telecom market in the world in the last 3-5 years. The unparalleled increase in teledensity and sharp decline in tariffs in the Indian telecom sector have fuelled the sector’s growth and this sector has contributed significantly to the economy. Besides contributing more than 1.5% of India’s GDP, Telecommunications has greatly enabled growth in many other economic and social sectors.

The demand for new mobile connections in India has remained robust. To make the services affordable, telecom service providers (TSP) along with partners in the industry are required to innovate, introduce new business models and eventually transform the telecom landscape in the years to come. In this conference, we will get insights into how the TSPs are progressing in this endeavor.

The conference had been designed with the objective to have industry leaders to show case how the innovative solutions are expected to revolutionize the industry and satisfy the ever burgeoning demand of customers. Rural markets will drive growth, while pioneering ideas would be required to fuel growth in the urban markets as globalization impacts consumer awareness, need and demand.

The Theme of the summit was “Exploring the changing landscape and business models in telecom”

It is in this context, Confederation of Indian Industry - Northern Region along with Knowledge Partner - Protiviti India took a lead role and organised Convergence Summit on 10 Nov 2012 at New Delhi.

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You will get access to following Knowledge Resources by subscribing to the Digital Library of this event.
 
Mr Arun K Malik, Former Head - BE, Bharti Airtel Ltd & Executive Director - India Operations Quest Forum on “Paradigm Shift in the Telecom and Entertainment Landscape”
Mr Mritunjay Kapur, Country Managing Director, Protiviti Consulting Private Ltd on “Paradigm Shift in the Telecom and Entertainment Landscape"
Mr Siddharth Zarabi, Editor-Economic Policy & Delhi Bureau Chief CNBC TV18 on “Paradigm Shift in the Telecom and Entertainment Landscape”
Mr Vipin Tyagi, Director, Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT) on “Paradigm Shift in the Telecom and Entertainment Landscape”
A Panel discussion on “What Consumers want – interesting models in the telecom, mobile content and Entertainment”
An open house discussion on “What Consumers want – interesting models in the telecom, mobile content and Entertainment”
Mr Kumar Deep, Associate Editor, Bloomberg TV India on “Why Convergence is difficult - Infrastructure & Backbone – Key challenges and growing opportunities”
Mr Bimal Dayal, Chief Operating Officer, Indus Towers Ltd on “Why Convergence is difficult - Infrastructure & Backbone – Key challenges and growing opportunities”
Mr Rajnish Wahi, CEO, Radius Infratel (P) Ltd on “Why Convergence is difficult - Infrastructure & Backbone – Key challenges and growing opportunities”
Mr Amit Marwah, Chief Technology Officer – India Region, Nokia Siemens Networks on “Why Convergence is difficult - Infrastructure & Backbone – Key challenges and growing opportunities”
Mr Umang Das, Chief Mentor, Viom Netwoks & DG, Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association on “Why Convergence is difficult - Infrastructure & Backbone – Key challenges and growing opportunities”
Mr Gyanendra Kumar, Vice President -Corporate Affairs & Regulatory, ATC India Tower Corporation Pvt Ltd on “Why Convergence is difficult - Infrastructure & Backbone – Key challenges and growing opportunities”
An open house discussion on “Why Convergence is difficult - Infrastructure & Backbone – Key challenges and growing opportunities”
Mr Rishi Raj, Associate Editor, The Financial Express on “Revenue Leakage and Maximization – Key risks and solutions”
Mr Dinesh Pillai, CEO, Mahindra SSG on “Revenue Leakage and Maximization – Key risks and solutions”
Mr Rajan S Mathew, DG, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) on “Revenue Leakage and Maximization – Key risks and solutions”
Mr Sanjay Vidyarthi, MD – India, TELMAR Network Technology, A JABIL Company on “Revenue Leakage and Maximization – Key risks and solutions”
A panel discussion on “Revenue Leakage and Maximization – Key risks and solutions”
A panel discussion on “Where is the next phase of Innovation – What is Industry expecting”
 
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