Prime Minister to open India Telecom 2008

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the India Telecom 2008, in New Delhi today. The two-day event marks India’s leading international conference and exhibition for the entire telecom system and is jointly organized by Department of Telecommunications and FICCI.

Dr. Manmohan Singh will also launch the country’s first 3G services on the occasion. The Service will enable transfer of high speed data, video streaming etc. on mobile phones. The public sector MTNL is rolling out the 3G service in the capital making use of the necessary Spectrum allocated to it by DOT. In Mumbai, the services will be available early next year. The Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Thiru A. Raja and the Minister of State for Communications and IT, Mr. Jyotiraditya M. Scindia will be present at the inauguration.

The theme of India Telecom 2008 is “Connecting Rural India”. The conference will cover topics like the Role of ICTs in Development, Connectivity for Rural India, e-Commerce for Rural India, Developing Market Initiatives, Innovative Technologies for Growth in Rural Area, Tele medicine/Tele education, Broadband: The Road Ahead, Mobile Entertainment etc. India telecom 2008 will have participation from policy makers, regulators, service providers, manufacturers, investors and content providers in the sector. Event highlights will include - CEO's Forum, Open House on regulatory and policy Issues and International seminar on telecom Centers of Excellence.

There will be 250 plus exhibitors from around the globe seeking business opportunities. The latest in the field of telecom will be on display. Exhibitors are coming from over 28 countries. The main countries are Russia, China, Taiwan, U.S.A., Korea, Dubai, Singapore, Japan and Bangladesh. The major players include BSNL, MTNL, WiMAX Forum, GSM Association, Acme Telepower, Huawei, Nokia, Siemens, Qualcomm India, ZTE India, Aircel Limited, Airtel, HBL Power Systems, Idea Cellular, Luminous Teleinfra Limited, Ericsson, Delta Energy Systems, E-Marine. The event will bring together who's who of the Telecom Industry and will provide the opportunity to interact with the leading Telecom companies and the potential buyers. The event will also offer opportunities to the participants looking forward to meeting business associates / prospective clients from Indian and International markets.

Capgemini is the Knowledge Partner for this year’s India Telecom Conference. During the conference, Capgemini will release a report focusing specifically on the Indian telecom market. It will also focus on the world class telecom infrastructure engaged to provide extensive connectivity to unconnected areas. The India Telecom series was started in 2006 by DoT in association with various stakeholders with an aim to showcase the strength of Indian telecom sector and also provide an effective platform for networking opportunities. The last two events have provided a gateway to telecom companies setting up their manufacturing base in India. The 2007 show had 170 participations from 22 Countries while over 14000 visitors from the industry, government and related associations attended the event. Indian Telecom Industry is on an upswing and presents a huge opportunity for both Indian and global operators to tap within the existing market. India Telecom 2008 would be an ideal platform for telecom professionals to exchange notes and seek business opportunities. India is all set to surpass the target of 500 million connections well before 2010. The government is working making all efforts to correct the rural-urban imbalance by shifting focus to small towns and rural areas.

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