Convergence India 2014 expo inaugurated, 326 exhibitors participate

Convergence India 2014 expo was inaugurated today by member of parliament and former union minister, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

This year expo has 326 exhibitors from 20 countries- India, China, Germany, Korea, Singapore, UK, USA and others.

Speaking on the inaugration, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said, “I am pleased to be present at this important platform that recognizes the potential of the evolving telecommunications, media and entertainment industry and its contribution in boosting the economy and overall growth of the nation”.

In his industry address, Rajan Mathews, director general, Cellular Operators Association of India said, “It is critical that the financial health of the industry be addressed and to achieve this, reduction of levies and convergence of multiple industries be allowed to generate substantial investment”.

Dr Rahul Khullar, chairman, TRAI set the agenda for the three day expo by opening the floor for dialogue on “Connecting India”, the theme for the this year’s expo. In his address he raised the issue concerning ICT, which is ‘whether India is truly connected’. He also mentioned the need to use the Internet productively and identify the roadblocks in building infrastructure for the ICT industry.

This year’s expo includes the “1st Telecom Summit 2014” on “Home grown technologies and skills”, designed to draw attention to the importance of skilling manpower in this sector.  At the same time, the “1st Afro-Asian Media Summit” aims to highlight opportunities for India’s media, entertainment and applications companies to generate business in the African continent.

“The Aegis Graham Bell Awards” continue to use the Convergence India platform to honour the best innovations in the field of telecom, Internet, media and edutainment.  In addition, we also have FTTH Council Asia Pacific, conducting their annual conference at the Convergence India platform on the third day of the event.

Speaking on the occasion, Prem Behl, chairman, Exhibitions India Group said, “we are pleased that Convergence India expo continues to be a strong platform for showcasing the needs and requirements of this important industry.”

This year’s conference sessions cover topics including, LTE/4G, Internet, Cable TV digitization and broadband.

Convergence India is supported by ministry of communications and IT and ministry of information and broadcasting. It is also supported by the Society of Cable Television Engineers which is conducting a close-door meeting with SCTE India, a branch of SCTE, UK, to impart technical skills to the broadband cable industry.

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