The India Mobile Congress 2019, the largest digital technology forum in South Asia, which is jointly organised by the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India and COAI, inaugurated by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Launched for the first time in 2017, the Digital Technology Forum has carved out a niche for itself by relentlessly delivering on its commitment towards building upon innovative ideas, forging lasting industry relationships, showcasing ace mobile technology and product trends, providing sectoral insights, industrial solutions, case studies and workshops that are immensely beneficial to the entire tech-telecom ecosystem at large.
Along with the Telecom Minister, Shri Anshu Prakash, Telecom Secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Mr. Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary General, ITU; Mr. Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat, Mr. Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Managing Director and Co-Vice Chairman, Bharti Enterprises Ltd, Mr. Jay Chen, CEO, Huawei India were present at the ceremony. The inauguration ceremony was attended by over 3000 people from 40 partner countries, and included global speakers, policy makers, thought leaders, ambassadors, opinion makers, change agents, bureaucrats, investors and industry bigwigs. The event was attended by more than 25000 people on Day-1.
During the inauguration, Hon’ble Minister, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, stated that, “It gives us an immense pleasure to introduce the third edition of India Mobile Congress. Despite being the very economic backbone of the country and the harbinger of unmatched technological advancements, game-changing innovations and ensuring overall steady economic health, there has never been a platform that rightfully positions India’s telecom story to the rest of the world. India Mobile Congress is designed to address this very need. This Forum will delve into subjects that are contemporary, relevant and futuristic and will not only contribute in shaping policy decisions of the future but would also act as a facilitator in further amplifying and bolstering Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of Make in India and Startup India. IMC 2019, will not only attract cross border investors, it will also witness the launch of several innovative products, encourage emerging startups, and promote futuristic technologies It is rightfully a veritable platform designed to help the country accomplish the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of making India a truly digitally empowered economy.”
The session stressed on how the country is poised to become a 5 trillion economy by 2024. Telecom sector has a critical role to play in this growth. It is one of the prime support services needed for the growth of every other sector.
Though the telecom sector is in acute financial distress, Startups are hopeful of a positive future. The fact that so many Startups participated at IMC to showcase their innovation in the telecom and other allied space and their open resolve to collaborate with corporates across the globe, corroborates this fact.