Preparations for the India Mobile Congress are underway in complete swing. The event is India’s version of the Mobile World Congress held yearly in Barcelona, and it’s far shaping up to be a confluence of global as well as Indian smartphone makers, telecom majors, startups, technologists and authorities representatives.

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To be held in September, IMC changed into the brainchild of Rajan Mathews, Director General of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). Although the India Mobile Congress is being supported by using multiple Government our bodies inclusive of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MOSD&E) and The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), it become COAI that sowed the seeds for an event of this scale.

Talking to Digit approximately the concept at the back of IMC, P Ramakrishna, CEO of the occasion and Principal Advisor at COAI stated, “Every year we take a big delegation from India to MWC in Barcelona. Some go to Shanghai, but now not as many as Barcelona. We saw that this a part of the subcontinent is not similarly represented at MWC. So, the board of COAI discussed and considered that we ought to have a huge event and that too, we’ve got 1.2 billion cellular subscribers and we didn’t have a marquee occasion with the intention to get international attention to India.”



This is the primary time India is attempting a mobile era event of this value. The country-wide capital regarded to be the most strategic venue to host the India Mobile Congress, given its ease of getting admission to for worldwide attendees and the fact that the crucial government is setting a whole lot of weight at the back of it. The giant display may be an annual affair going ahead. Ramakrishna tells us that different states are already keen on web hosting subsequent IMC activities, Bangalore is one of the many who expressed interest.

As some distance as participation is concerned, a slew of technology giants has already confirmed their presence at IMC. Some distinguished names encompass – Nokia, Huawei, Samsung, Facebook, Google, Cisco, Intel, Qualcomm, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Aircel, Telenor, Reliance Jio, Spreadtrum and more. We are informed that the likes of Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, and OnePlus are also in the fray, but have not shown their involvement just but. Keeping with its Digital India and Make In India projects, the Indian authorities are writing to several tech CEOs round the arena in hopes of attracting era investments in India. US, United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, South Korea, France, Canada, Sweden, Bhutan, Finland and the European Union have shown participation and might be sending delegations from native tech corporations, as well as key representatives from their IT and Communications departments to attend and exhibit at the IMC. Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce is one of the many excessive-profile government officers who’ve shown their attendance for IMC, and we are advised that for the primary time, the USA government has provided DoT and COAI with a listing of businesses that could be of interest to the organizers. These corporations will be recommended by using the US authorities to take part in IMC once the listing is reviewed with the aid of the DoT.

Of all of the smartphone makers collaborating inside the India Mobile Congress, we are now advised that Nokia could be launching a few new gadgets at the event. The information does fall in line with Nokia’s plans of showing a flagship elegance device later in the 12 months. Huawei is likewise anticipated to use IMC as a launchpad for brand new smartphones and is expected to have a massive showcase on the occasion. A special Mobile circulate, housing handset showcases from diverse producers can be designed to attract consumers on the IMC

A general of 300 international, as well as Indian exhibitors, are predicted to installation keep at IMC, with the intention to be attended by using over 5000 native and global delegates and over three lakh human beings/day for three days. “You may see how 5G networks paintings, you might come upon how a drone surveys strength grids, you may stumble upon a professor from the UK playing Piano with IoT sensors, the ones are a number of the things we’re making plans. We will also have some master training, we might have an entire street, a smart metropolis road that India may have,” said Ramakrishna.

Several Indian states have additionally been invited to take part if you want to propel the government’s Smart City project ahead. Since IMC will see coverage makers proportion the stage with telecom carriers, smart town initiatives are surely on the schedule. “Telecom has a 30-40% play and is a vital component of smart cities, so we’re asking all the municipal bodies, all policy makers, and all IT secretaries to return be a part of it,” stated Ramakrishna. “Certain rules could be framed and launch with this as a platform,” he delivered.

Apart from state IT ministers, DoT is likewise keen on organizing a meetup of IT Ministers from all SAARC countries. According to Ramakrishna, “There’s quite a few buzz around investments in India so they are writing to all IT Ministeries in the global to come back and have a large roundtable dialogue.”

Given that India is home to a spate of generation startups, the COAI board is hoping to rope in at the least a thousand startups for the event. IMC has partnered with Nasscom, Deloitte, and IMI to assist select worthy Indian startups for the event. These startups will not be charged for displaying and will as a substitute undergo a pre-set choice technique in an effort to be revealed in the coming days. Ramakrishna said, “We want to have a qualification criterion for a startup to be present over there. Somewhere the traction has to come back that this startup will visit the subsequent stage.”

Originally posted 2017-07-04 03:18:20.