The 13th Convergence India 2005 International Exhibition and Conference commenced at Pragati Maidan in the Capital on Tuesday. The three-day event will see telecommunication majors showcasing their convergent technologies for new generation network. Over 300 companies from 25 countries are participating in the event, which is organised by Exhibitions India.
Prem Behl, Managing Director, Exhibitions India, said, "This is a platform for the telecommunication majors to showcase their best technology. This would also call the attention of overseas players who are interested in setting up Indian operations."
Behl said that the exhibition led to desired promises. He pointed out, "BSNL CMD Anil Kumar Sinha had said that the they will meet the desired broadband and Internet subscriber race." The proposed target is to reach 40 million broadband subscribers and 20 million Internet subscribers in the next three years. Dr. Shakeel Ahmed, Union Minister of State for Communications & IT presided over the event as the Chief Guest.
Jaipal Reddy, Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting, will be the Chief Guest for the "Broadcast Technologies & Digital entertainment" session at the exhibition on March 23 in a view to encourage the exhibitors
Behl said, "India is experiencing tremendous growth in the telecommunications arena at present. The growth is estimated to lead to an expenditure of over $50 billion over the next six years. This magnitude of growth is also expected on broadband and high speed Internet."
Those present at the opening ceremony included Anil Kumar Sinha, CMD, BSNL; Rajiv K. Sharma, President, VSAT Services Association of India; Anil Nayar, Chairman, Cellular Operators Association of India; Prakash Bajpai, President, Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers; Rajendra Kumar, President, Manufacturers Association of Information and technology; and Amitabh Singhal, President, Internet Service Providers Association of India.
On Tuesday, N K Mangla, Director Commercial & Marketing, BSNL and S C Choudhary, Director- Operations, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, chaired three sessions on "Access Technologies" and "Satellite Communications". The speakers highlighted the broadband architecture based on Access Technologies.
The sessions on Access Technologies will continue on Wednesday and will be based on Building Messaging, Collaboration and presence for the next wave of services over IP, which will be chaired by Vijay Madan, Executive Director, Centre for Development of Telematics. The concluding day will witness sessions on VoIP and Convergent Billing. Hugh Roberts, Development Director, Tele management Forum, will chair the session Convergent Billing.