After hosting first Indian Mobile Congress (IMC) last year, India is going to organize it second time between October 25- 27 in New Delhi.
Addressing the curtain raiser ceremony of India Mobile Congress, the Minister of State for Communications (I/C) and Minister of State for Railways, Government of India, Manoj Sinha today said that "The India Mobile Congress 2018, hosted by the Department of telecommunications and the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), is an excellent platform for policymakers, industry, and regulators to engage in meaningful deliberations to drive the future direction of this important sector. This year, we will also be honored by the presence of our friends from ASEAN and BIMSTEC which will lend a global connect to our exchanges."
The IMC expects that more than 200,000 professionals from the telecom industry, encompassing the 5G, start-up ecosystem, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Smart Cities, and allied industry sectors will attend India Mobile Congress 2018, the minister said.
Aruna Sundararajan, Chairperson, Telecom Commission & Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India said, "We are at the cusp of a tectonic shift in human history with the advent of futuristic technologies such as 5G and IoT. India is gearing up to embrace this new digital future with our focus on 5G readiness and the facilitation of new technology adoption across sectors. We firmly believe that the India Mobile Congress platform will be instrumental in driving this, by bringing together all stakeholders in the Telecommunications and IT ecosystem and providing the right forum for deliberations on the way forward in connectivity solutions."
India Mobile Congress 2018 will bring together the leading players from across the mobile ecosystem, as well as adjacent industry sectors such as automotive and consumer electronics, showcasing the innovative products, services, and technologies that are shaping the digital world today, the statement said.
It said that more than 1,300 exhibitor's companies will participate in the exhibition at the event.
"With more than 1.2 billion subscribers, mobile now connects the whole of India. It is fuelling innovation, revolutionizing industries and spurring exciting new opportunities, across both developed and developing markets," said Rajan S Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).
He further added, "Mobile provides access to life-enhancing and, in some cases, life-changing services. Reinforcing our industry's commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, mobile is providing lifelines to hope, reducing inequalities and preserving our world's resources. We look forward to Mobile World Congress 2018 and showing how mobile is creating a better future - today."
The first edition of IMC held in September 2017, was attended by around 2,000 delegates, 32,000 visitors, 152 speakers, 100 exhibitors and 100 start-ups.