The long-awaited 3G licensing process is due to start in India in the coming days, following months of speculation. The Department of lecommunications (DoT) has chosen the auction model to grant the licences, which will be announced in mid-January. This will coincide with the 12th Annual India & South Asia Com congress, which will be held in Mumbai on 19th ad 20th January. The event will welcome no less than three senior representatives of DoT, including Chief Guest Siddhartha Behura, IAS, Chairman of the Telecom Commission and Secretary of the Department of Telecommunications. His keynote address will be an occasion to hear the DoT’s vision for the development of India’s telecommunications market and how it will embrace new technologies and provide new services to its consumers.
It is indeed a crucial time in the region’s telecommunications market, not just for India. As the world’s economy is entering a crisis, the stakeholders of the region’s market have to re-define their strategies to embrace new opportunities as well as be prepared for a possible decrease in investment levels. That is India & South Asia Com provides a forum for all players in the region’s market to debate and share their experiences in order to maximise growth in the region. In addition to the DoT representatives (Subodh Kumar , Additional Secretary and Shri Ajay Bhattacharya, Administrator, Universal Service Obligation Fund, will join the event too), the conference will welcome senior figures from the operator community, including: Kuldeep Goyal (Chairman of India’s incumbent BSNL), Sanjeev Aga (Managing Director of Idea Cellular), Sugato Barnge (Chief Marketing Officer of Bharti Airtel), Anoja Obeyesekere (Chief Executive Officer of Dialog Global in Sri Lanka) and representatives of Grameenphone (Bangladesh), Reliance ADA (India), MTNL (India), Tata Teleservices (India), Zong (Pakistan), Virgin Mobile (India), BPL Mobile Communications (India), ByCell Telecommunications (India), and more.
Over two days, 500 senior professionals in the region’s telecommunications industry will meet to debate the state of the market and its opportunities, as well as learn about new technologies and solutions and build business partnerships. The conference will include keynote sessions to debate long-term strategies for the market, while streams will look at specific aspects of the business: technology evolution (3G, wireless broadband, IPTV), content and entertainment (with speakers from Star India and Shemaroo Entertainment), commercial strategies (marketing, pricing), and cost-effective network strategies.
In addition to the conference, an exhibition will showcase the latest technologies and solutions for the region’s operators to improve their businesses. The participants will enjoy numerous networking opportunities in the comfortable surroundings of the JW Marriott in Mumbai’s trendy Juhul Beach, providing an environment conducive to business.