US-India ICT group to collaborate on Digital India


US-India-ICT-working-group-to-collaborate-on-Digital-IndiaThe US-India ICT working group participants have agreed to explore opportunities for collaboration on implementing India’s ambitious Digital India initiative.

The collaboration will focus on Digital India initiative, with the goal of enhancing digital infrastructure, deploying e-governance and e-services, and expanding the diffusion and use of ICT as a tool to expand economic opportunity, boost productivity, create jobs, and empower citizens.

The participants noted that the ICT working group aims to strengthen collaboration between the governments and private sector of the two countries in the field of ICT.

During the two-day working group meeting, US and Indian government representatives held extensive discussions on ICT and telecom policy issues, focusing on accelerating broadband deployment, aligning spectrum policy for the mobile era and exchanging views on internet governance and best practices in ICT and telecommunications regulatory policy.

The group also discussed issues relating to the international mobility of Indian skilled professionals. The joint government and industry discussions included panels on promoting manufacturing and investment; IT and telecom policy developments; Internet governance; mobility of skilled professionals and other issues related to trade, investment, and the ease of doing business.

A panel of non-government experts also shared insights on strategies that may help India achieve the goals outlined in the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives.

Broad agreement was reached on the importance of policies that promote innovation in the ICT sector, facilitate the flow of data across borders, and foster the global and open nature of the Internet as a platform for economic growth.

Participants agreed to continue discussion of policies that stimulate rapid diffusion and use of ICT products and services and facilitate cross border trade that reduces costs to consumers and businesses. In this context, the US side noted the Indian concerns with regard to mobility of skilled Indian professionals, and agreed that the US government will continue to engage on visa issues for skilled professionals. In addition, the Indian side noted the US concerns relating to equipment testing and certification, and agreed to engage on issues relating to equipment testing.

The two day working group meeting was led by ambassador Daniel A Sepulveda, co-ordinator for international communications and information policy at the US department of state and RS Sharma, secretary, department of electronics and information technology, ministry of communications and information technology.

The US-India ICT working group was hosted by the US department of state and included representatives from the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Office of the US Trade Representative, the US Trade and Development Agency, the US department of homeland security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Indian delegation included officials from the department of electronics and information technology (DeitY), department of telecom and the Embassy of India to the United States. The United States and India plan to hold the next US-India ICT working group in India later this year.

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400 companies to participate in Convergence India


400-companies-to-participate-in-Convergence-IndiaMore than 400 companies from 30 countries will participate in 23rd edition of Convergence India to be held in Pragati Maidan from 21-23 January, 2015.

Themed as ‘Connecting India’, Exhibitions India Group is set to bring together the best minds in the ICT, media and entertainment ecosystem under one roof with the 23rd edition of Convergence India.

The forthcoming international expo is endorsed by department of telecommunications and department of electronics & information technology, ministry of communications & information technology. Ministry of information and broadcasting has also extended its support to the event.

The ICT industry in India has played an integral role in the socio-economic development of the nation and will continue to contribute immensely to

the GDP of the country. With the rapid changing dynamics of this sector globally, Convergence India forum acts as a catalyst to bring together global leaders, professionals, and associations to network, establish trade contacts and for knowledge sharing.

The conference will attract over 100 speakers, 1,500 conference delegates and 15,000 business visitors from 30 countries like Australia, Canada, China, USA, UK, UAE, South Korea, Norway, Singapore, Japan to name a few showcasing latest trends and technologies.

Prem Behl, chairman, Exhibitions India group said, “Convergence India is an important platform, which showcases emerging global technologies and how they impact urban as well as rural India. This blend of international associations, exhibitors and speakers, with their Indian counterparts at a single forum, will set the focus for strategic growth of the ICT sector in 2015 and beyond.”

Key exhibitors are Sony, Ericsson, Harris Communications, C-DoT, Appear TV, Nagravision, MStar, Broadcom, UTStarcom, Conax and others.

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2015 CES to witness record 375 startups


2015-CES-to-witness-record-375-startupsThe 2015 CES will witness record 375 startup entrepreneurs and innovation across the technology spectrum in an expanded Eureka Park Marketplace at CES Tech West.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today also announced new areas and events at CES dedicated to the startup community, including the Startup Stage.

The 2015 Eureka Park Marketplace will feature more than 375 exhibitors, 59 percent more than the 2014 CES. Presented by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and UP Global, Eureka Park provides a platform for new companies to introduce their innovations to venture capitalists, media and buyers.

Eureka Park also features concentrated exhibits from startups originating in France and Israel, as well as exclusive exhibits from Indiegogo and TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield finalists.

“CES is becoming known as the key event for innovative startups to increase their exposure and become successful,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA.”

No other event provides the breadth and depth of exposure to potential customers, investors and media as CES. The growth of Eureka Park is testament to the fact that CES is the ultimate providing ground for companies of all sizes and the place to network and expand your business,”added Chupka.

The startup stage, presented by UP Global, in partnership with Magna, will showcase the startup community via four days of programming at CES. The startup stage will feature panels with entrepreneurs, VCs, media and other young companies.

TechCrunch is bringing the premiere startup launch competition, Hardware Battlefield, to CES. Sixteen startups will reveal a brand-new product for the first time to a panel of industry experts and investors while competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy.

ABC’s “Shark Tank” will host an open call on January 8 at CES for entrepreneurs who wish for the chance to appear on the television show.

Eureka ParkFloored within Eureka Park, the University Innovations Marketplace showcases technologies that stem from colleges, universities, and academic research centers. Along with startups in the beginning stages of development, Eureka Park also will host more established, mid-stage startup companies looking to expand their growth.

The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies.

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2015 CES to host largest ever IoT showcase


2015-CES-to-host-largest-ever-IoT-showcaseThe Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced that the 2015 CES will feature the largest ever showcase of products, services and technologies that make up IoT (Internet of Things).

2015 CES will have more than 900 exhibitors planning to share innovations that harness the power of the network to connect everyday devices. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and will run January 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The ‘Internet of Things’ is the hottest topic in tech right now,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA.

“It’s all about the opportunity to connect everyday items like cars, home security systems and kitchen appliances to networked devices like PCs and smartphones for greater control and management of our everyday lives. We’re excited that the 2015 CES will bring together all of the companies and products that are making this a reality,” added Chupka.

The sensors marketplace will highlight one of the key technologies that is enabling the IoT. Exhibitors participating in the marketplace include eyeSight Mobile Technologies, Logbar and QuickLogic. In addition, the smart home marketplace will showcase a smarter, more efficient home accelerated by smartphones and tablets interacting with a myriad of connected objects and devices, from basic security systems to connected lighting systems.

Some of the 2015 CES exhibitors expected to showcase IoT technologies include Bosch, Lowe’s, Konnect Labs, iDevices, Muzzley and Blinksight among many others.

2015 CES keynoters Boo-Keun Yoon, president and CEO, Samsung Electronics and Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel are expected to share their insights on IoT innovations.

Other CES conference programming will also explore the future of this trend with the following sessions: Privacy and the IoT: Navigating Policy Issues; The Impact of the Internet of Things; and The State of the Internet of Things.

The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies.

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ITU Telecom World 2014 opens with the theme “Future in Focus”


ITU-Telecom-World-2014-opens-with-the-theme-“Future-in-Focus”ITU Telecom World 2014 opened its doors today to a packed programme of conversations and debates on the theme “Future in Focus”.

A spectacular opening ceremony at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha brought together a glittering line up of high level participants-  chairman, Ooredoo Group, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani; prime minister of Qatar Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani; minister of information and communications technology of Qatar, Hessa Sultan Al Jaber; and ITU secretary general Hamadoun I Toure.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, chairman, Ooredoo Group said, “Amongst us are many of the world’s largest technology companies. We are joined by many high ranking government representatives, policy shapers, from across the region and the world, as well as a new generation of entrepreneurs and app developers. Feel our power, our combined experience and know how. Together we can make the future happen sooner.”

“We are extremely proud to host a great number of telco corporations as an important hub,” said Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, prime minister, Qatar in his opening address.

“To meet here and to debate is an opportunity to exchange ideas about new opportunities which can contribute to changing and transforming the world,” added Thani.

“With the increasing inter-connectivity between sectors, no one can work alone, as in the past,” said Dr Hessa Al Jaber, minister of information and communications technology, Qatar.

“We must work together to help bring these technologies to the rest of the world,” added Jaber.

Highlighting the tremendous potential of technology as a tool for improving lives, ITU secretary general Hamadoun I Toure said, “Never before in human history have so many developments in technology, in science and business come together with such tremendous potential to improve the lives of people everywhere. Never before have the challenges of ensuring that the changes happening are fair, equitable and ethical been so considerable.”

The Forum will bring together the industry’s leading names who will explore three major scenarios of disruption, cross-sector partnerships and the intelligent future. Sessions will take a variety of formats from panel sessions, keynotes and high-level debates to global media-moderated Big Conversations.

The show floor highlights technologies and investment opportunities through the presence of national and thematic pavilions from Alcatel Lucent, Huawei, Intel, LS telcom, Nokia, Ooredoo and ZTE, along with countries from across the world such as Argentina, Azerbaijan, China, Nigeria and the Smart Africa Zone (Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan and Rwanda).

Innovation will be a core component of the event. The InnovationSpace will host the Lab, featuring state-of-the-art demos and technological, social and design innovations. The show floor is also home to the Young Innovators Competition finalists, young social entrepreneurs between ages 18 and 30 from around the world with innovative digital solutions with positive social impact.

Organized by ITU, the United Nations Specialized Agency for ICTs, the event is hosted by the government of Qatar, with the support of leading international communications company, Ooredoo.

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ITU’s 19th Plenipotentiary to appoint Houlin Zhao as secretary general


ITU's-19th-Plenipotentiary-to-appoint-Houlin-Zhao-as-secretary-generalCurrent deputy secretary general Houlin Zhao, a Chinese national and respected telecom engineer with over 30 years’ experience will be confirmed as next secretary general at ITU’s 19th ITU Plenipotentiary Conference.

The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference opened its doors to over 3,000 delegates in Korea’s Busan city and will elect secretary general, deputy secretary general and the directors on 23rd October.

The ITU will appoint directors of the Radiocommunication, Telecommunication Standardization and Telecommunication Development Bureau – as well as other governing bodies of the Union, the ITU Council and Radio Regulations Board.

Five candidates are contesting the post of deputy secretary general and three candidates are contesting the post of director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. The current incumbent directors of both the Radiocommunication Bureau and the Telecommunication Development Bureau are running unopposed for a second term of office.

There are 20 candidates for the 12 seats on the Radio Regulations Board and 60 candidate countries for the 48 seats on ITU Council, the governing body which oversees the running of the Union in between quadrennial Plenipotentiary Conferences.

Hosted by Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), the event is taking place at Busan’s BEXCO exhibition and conference centre from 20 October – 7 November.

Known informally as PP-14, this year’s conference welcomes participants from some 175 ITU member states, sector members and observer organizations, including over 104 ministers, 35 deputy ministers and 67 ambassadors.

The Plenipotentiary Conference is held every four years to set the strategic direction of ITU and to develop policies and recommendations that address the evolving needs of the union’s members. This year’s agenda include digital inclusion and broadband rollout, broader international cooperation on ICT development and new strategies to encourage membership and strengthen multi-stakeholder participation.

For the first time, the conference will also try to reach international agreement on establishment of new global ICT development goals and targets under a new framework called ‘Connect 2020’.

Speaking to delegates at the opening ceremony, Dr Hamadoun I Toure, secretary general, ITU noted that since he took office in January 2007 the number of mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide has more than doubled, from 2.7 billion to 6.9 billion. During the same period, the number of Internet users has grown from 1.2 billion to an estimated 2.9 billion.

“In ultra-connected environments like Busan it’s too easy to forget that, for most of the world’s people, phones, smartphones and connected computers are a lifeline, not a luxury. Connectivity brings healthcare, education, employment, banking and improved governance, so over the course of the next three weeks I hope you will take the time to dream, to imagine, to innovate, and to create a bright, long-term future for the ICT sector,” commented Toure.

In her commemorative speech to delegates, President Park said, “Telecommunications and ICT has been catalytic in the rapid development of the Internet and mobile communications… We have reached an inflection point in the hyper-connected digital revolution – a revolution defined by increased connection, smarter connection, and faster connection.”

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, himself a Korean national, joined the event via video message, telling assembled delegates that “mobile phones have connected people as never before. Broadband networks have made information accessible, helping to bridge the digital divide, especially for women, youth and people living with disabilities. ICTs are in short, among the keys to achieving sustainable development. As we shape a new development agenda and strive for a new agreement on climate change, let us continue to work together to harness the power of technology to create and accessible and sustainable future for all.”

Other high-ranking delegates present at this morning’s opening included Korea’s minister for science, ICT and future planning, Yanghee Choi, and mayor of Busan Byung-soo Suh.

“We are about to enter an age of hyperconnectivity where cross-border activities and connections become stronger than ever. In such a world, ICT development is no longer an individual nation’s issue. And the fact remains that there are still many who have little or no access to broadband or ICT… we look forward to PP-14 not only discussing technological and industrial development, but also collectively addressing the issue of expanding the infrastructure in developing countries and creating the environment conducive to secure and sound utilization of ICT,” said Yanghee Choi.

One of the principal tasks of PP-14 will be to determine ITU’s Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 and the Financial Plan for the same period, which will provide the resources needed to meet the goals and deliverables mandated by members.

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ITU Telecom World 2014 to take place in Doha

ITU Telecom World 2014

ITU Telecom World 2014 is set to take place in Doha, Qatar from 7-10 December 2014.

ITU Telecom World 2014 begins with an exclusive one-day Leadership Summit on the Future for leaders from governments, regulatory bodies and across the ICT industry. Led by renowned futurists, the summit will feature a highly interactive programme with powerful keynotes and product demos, highlighting future technologies including advanced robotics.

The summit will equip decision-makers with a clear understanding of ICT sector developments to guide future policies and strategies.

Taking a variety of formats from panel sessions, keynotes and high-level debates to global media-moderated big conversations, main forum discussions will then explore in detail the three major scenarios of disruption, cross-sector partnerships and the intelligent future, examining the key trends and developments in technology, regulatory and policy issues, business models, services and applications for each scenario.

Running in parallel to the debate, the show floor experience highlights technologies and investment opportunities through the presence of national and thematic pavilions, industry showcases, the openspace central lounge area, and dedicated media and leaders lounges.

Top global players present include Alcatel Lucent, Cisco, Huawei, Intel, LS telcom, Nokia, Ooredoo and ZTE, with countries represented from across the globe, including Argentina, Azerbaijan, China, Nigeria and Rwanda.

Innovation will be a core component of the event, evidenced through The InnovationSpace which will host the Young Innovators Competition finalists, plus the Lab with state-of-the-art demos and technological, social or design innovations.

ITU Telecom World 2014 is hosted by the government of Qatar, with the support of leading international communications company Ooredoo.

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400 professionals participate in BICSI conference


BICSI – the premier association supporting advancements in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) community – concluded the BICSI India District Conference and Exhibition 2014 with participation of 400 professionals.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Tanusree Deb Barma, managing director, KBITS and director, department of IT & BT, government of Karnataka stressed on government’s commitment and support, in creating a favorable ecosystem for the IT infrastructure and skill development in the ICT industry and how BICSI can help provide strategic direction to these initiatives.

In his opening remark, Ketan C Kothari, district chair, India District, BICSI said, “BICSI’s initiatives to empower ICT professionals, along with education and training opportunities help in adopting global standards, best practices and methodologies.”

To commemorate its decade plus presence in the country, BICSI India launched the first comprehensive Buyer’s Guide for the ICT community. The Buyer’s Guide features high-level content and focuses on extensive industry listing, that would help ICT professionals easily locate manufacturers, system integrators and consultants offering products and solutions unique to the industry.

The conference had 10 technical presentations focused on datacenter management, networking trends, trends in LAN cabling, innovations in fiber optics, convergence and innovations in simplifying networks.

Leading brands associated with 2014 show were HP Networking, TE Connectivity, Belden, Commscope, Corning, Legrand, Panduit, D-link, Fluke Networks, NETRACK and Jyotitech Industries.

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Mobile World Congress 2015 to focus on 5G, IoT, small cell and m-commerce


The tenth edition, Mobile World Congress 2015 will have in-depth track sessions on 5G, IoT, small cell, m-commerce, emerging devices, enterprise mobility, financial inclusion, mobile identity, privacy and security, among others.

The GSMA expects that attendance for Mobile World Congress 2015 will exceed the record of nearly 86,000 attendees set at the 2014 event. Mobile World Congress will be held 2-5 March 2015 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, with events also taking place at Fira Montjuïc.

“Going into its tenth year in Barcelona, Mobile World Congress is set to be even bigger and better than ever,” said Michael O’Hara, chief marketing officer, GSMA.

“We are continually focused on enhancing the attendee experience, providing greater options for exploring the latest mobile technologies and services, for education and learning, and for meeting and interacting with industry colleagues from around the globe. We’re looking forward to welcoming the mobile world back to Barcelona in March,” added O’Hara.

The four-day conference programme will feature 10 keynote sessions including the signature Mobile World Live keynotes, which will conclude the conference programming on selected days and will be streamed live across the venue and to hundreds of thousands of viewers globally via the Mobile World Live portal. The first executives confirmed to participate in the keynote programme at Mobile World Congress 2015 include: Anne Bouverot, director general, GSMA; Raja Teh Maimunah, MD, CEO and COO, Digital and Transactional Banking, Hong Leong Islamic Bank, Ken Hu, deputy chairman and rotating CEO, Huawei; Jeanie Han, CEO, LINE Euro-Americas; Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO, Renault-Nissan Alliance; Marcelo Claure, CEO, Sprint; Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO, Telenor Group and Chairman, GSMA; and Charles Scharf, CEO, Visa.

Mobile World Congress will again spotlight the leading technologies, products and services that are shaping the future of the mobile industry, from network infrastructure to mobile handsets and devices to software and applications and much more. More than 1,900 companies are expected to participate in the exhibition, including global brands such as Acer, Alcatel-Lucent, Deutsche Telekom, Ford Motor Company, Fujitsu, HTC, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm, Samsung, SAP, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile, Telefonica and Vodafone.

The Mobile World Congress show floor will again include the highly popular GSMA Connected City. Building on the success of 2014, the Connected City will offer a number of exciting, immersive experiences for visitors. This unique space enables attendees to experience technology in context and see how mobile-connected products and services can improve the daily lives of citizens and businesses across automotive, health, home, retail and other applications, in both urban and rural settings.

For the 2015 edition, NFC technology will be integrated in a number of services supporting the event in order to further enhance the attendee experience. The NFC Experience activities will be implemented at Fira Gran Via, providing attendees with NFC handsets streamlined entry to Mobile World Congress, instant access to information, technology demonstrations and more.

An integral part of Mobile World Congress is the GSMA Ministerial Programme, which brings together governments, regulators and industry leaders to debate the issues shaping the development of mobile around the world. Sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services, this year’s programme will explore how regulatory policy can stimulate innovation as the world moves towards a fully connected society.

The programme will address topics such as machine-to-machine, the future of Internet governance and emerging strategies for connecting the unconnected, among others, and region-specific sessions will be held for Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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BICSI announces India Annual conference


BICSI today announced that, its India District Technical Conference will be held on September 12, 2014 at the Sheraton Brigade Gateway, Bangalore.

The annual conference would showcase sweeping trends & innovations in ICT and witness a gathering of 400 plus delegates, to participate in knowledge sharing, educational sessions and networking.

The audience will largely represent end-users, system integrators, installers, consultants, distributors and OEMs from the ICT Community, members of BICSI and various other Indian IT and software industry associations. During the conference, BICSI India would also launch its first comprehensive buyer’s guide featuring high-level content and up-to-date information of technology and solution providers that would help ICT professionals easily locate products and solutions, unique to the industry.

“The Technology Conference would include presentations on Copper and Fiber based distribution system, Wireless based access systems, electronic safety and security systems and life safety & automation systems including design, integration and installation of pathways and spaces.

“The conference would focus on infrastructure solutions that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between communications and information gathering devices, standards and interoperability,  along with green practices, offering an engaging platform for the participants to learn from ICT knowledge experts”, said Ketan C Kothari, district chair, BICSI India District.

“Industry leaders and exhibitors will also be presenting on latest in technology, trends and innovations in ICT industry,” added Kothari.

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ICT industry serving professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ICT professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.

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