INDIA MOBILE CONGRESS (IMC) 2017
India witnessed its first ever global technological event, the India Mobile Congress 2017 (IMC) underway at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. It was scheduled from 27th September to 29th September. Major Indian telecom operators like Jio, Airtel and Vodafone showcased their framework on 5G technology and how they are going to enhance the telecommunication network in the country.
The event was inaugurated by Minister of State (Independent Charge) Communications, Manoj Sinha, who also echoed on the need for digitisation for India’s development. “Connecting the next billion Indians to the worldwide web is the single biggest opportunity in India. The word is digital, becoming synonymous with every aspect of our daily life,” he said. “The government is doing its best to improve ease of doing business in the IT and telecom sectors,” Sinha added.
From Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Internet of Things (IOT), the India Mobile Congress 2017 (IMC) is proving to be an event that is at par with the other global tech events.
Here a few insightful and quirky highlights from the IMC 2017 so far.
Data Is The New Oil And India Is The Largest Consumer
In the inauguration Day of IMC 2017 Mr. Ambani pointed out the importance of data, and how it can help the Indian economy to grow.
“Data is the new oil, India does not need to import it. We have it in abundance. Data is the oxygen of the Indian economy, we cannot deprive Indians of it,” he added. Industry giant and Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani relayed Sundararajan’s views and pushed for a plan to fulfil “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of a Digital India”.
India is the largest data consumer in the world. The pace of growth of Indian market is unparalleled. In next ten years, Indian economy will grow and rank among the top three in the world. The IT and telecom sectors have a pivotal role to play in this. Government should work with private firms to help India lead the ‘fourth’ industrial revolution,”
Ambani even laid out a clear agenda for the government, reading out the must-do tasks to fulfil the Digital India dream. “First, we must explore innovative ideas to provide self-employment for youth through newer technologies. Second, digitisation can be a boon for water, food security and can deliver more efficient transportation. And third, given that human capital is India’s biggest asset, digitising education is a must. Telecom and IT sectors must work with the government on this.”
Ambani also said that the Indian economy would grow from $2.5 trillion to over $7 trillion over the next 10 years to become one of the top 3 economies in the world. Growth in India’s mobile data market, he said, was unparallelled in the world.
5G committee : mission and goal of roll out 5G in 2020
The government had set up a high-level 5G committee with a mandate to lay down a road map for rollout of the technology by 2020.
“We have created a high-level 5G committee that will work on vision, mission and goals of 5G. When the world will roll out 5G in 2020, I believe India will be at par with them,” Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha had said.
The government is said to be working on creating a corpus of Rs 500 crore to fund 5G activity, mainly on research and product development.
UK eyes partnerships with Indian telcos, Digital India
The UK is the country partner with organisers Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), who are organising the three-day conference and exhibition along with the Government of India’s Department of Telecom and Ministry of Communications Government of India and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
The conference is creating a unique distinctive global platform for the telecommunication and allied industries in India. The UK trade delegation comprises of top names in the British technology industry along with agile and innovative technology start-ups.
MediaTek to showcase India-specific chipsets at Indian Mobile Congress
India is hosting the maiden IMC, a common platform for mobile, internet and technology companies. Apart from the who’s who of the Indian mobile service providers, manufacturing companies and OEMs, representatives of companies from countries including the US, the UK, Finland, Sweden and Israel, are also participating in the event.
Mr. Finbarr Moynihan, general manager, Corporate Sales (International), MediaTek indicated the company was aggressively eyeing the segment of the Indian mobile market he identified as the “new premium”. He highlighted the global launch of the Helio P23 and P30, and said these chipsets are indicative of the company going beyond the global deceleration of specs in the “super high-end” segment of mobile phones. “Of course there are new features and additions, but the changes have slowed down,” he said. Instead, he pointed out, what’s true for markets such as India and China are that the mid-range is “catching up (and) closing the gap on some of the features”.
Nokia’s OZO 360° Camera
This camera is not from present Nokia owners, HMD Global. Surprisingly, the old Nokia company is still functioning and still committed to making high-quality products.
The 360° stereoscopic camera called Nokia OZO has 8 lenses, each with a 190° field of view. It can shoot videos at 30 fps and packs in 500GB of on-board storage.
LG K7i : Device with Mosquito Away Technology
LG launched a unique budget smartphone at the IMC, the LG K7i. The phone packs in ‘Mosquito Away Technology’ which is supposed to drive away mosquitos!
The device emits specific sound waves at an ultrasonic frequency which are irritating for mosquitos and drives them away. This unique smartphone will be available at a price tag of Rs. 7,999/-.
Meizu Pro 7 Plus: The Smartphone With 2 Screens
You have already seen smartphones with dual-edge screen and also dual-screen on the front. There was a special gizmo we spotted at the India Mobile Congress at the MediaTek stall. A smartphone with a screen at the back!
Chances are, you might have heard about this one already. For those who haven’t heard about this unique smartphone, the Meizu Pro 7 Plus comes equipped with two screens.
There’s a regular screen at the front, and the other one, a 1.9” AMOLED panel is located below the dual cameras at the back.
It is a touchscreen. So, you can take ultra hi-res selfies with your primary camera. Besides this, if the phone is lying face down, the second screen will show the number of incoming notifications.
However, the phone will not be coming to India anytime soon. Yes, even I am disappointed.
BSNL’s Satellite Phone Service
At the IMC 2017, BSNL has launched their satellite based mobile services for texts and voice calls.
The Sat-Phone from BSNL is launched to keep people connected even in the remotest of places. The service was formerly restricted to government agencies. Now the service has been opened up to general public.
You need to be in open spaces (not under a roof) to get a proper signal. The price for the Satphone starts at Rs 70,000 and call charges start at Rs 45 per minute (local) and Rs 265 per minute for international calls.
Airtel To Invest Rs. 20,000 Crores In Digital Infrastructure
Airtel is planning a collaborative approach to cope with their present situation and overcome infrastructure challenges. It will invest around Rs. 20,000 crores on digital infrastructure to transform the telecom industry. Airtel has already debuted their 5G services in Bengaluru and Kolkata.
400 Million Internet Users In India
The digital economy of India is worth $1 trillion (around Rs. 65,77,989 crores), Google India said at the event today. India has over 400 million Internet users, and digital content in regional languages is expected to give the digital economy a major boost. Out of 400 million users, 234 million are local language users and that number is expected to grow up to 536 million by 2021.
4G Coverage Will Outgrow 2G
Mukesh Ambani at the IMC 2017 said, that 4G coverage in India will cross the 2G within the next 12 months. Within last one year, India has become the largest data consuming country in the world, from 155th position, in mobile data penetration.
Nokia, ZTE and Ericsson showcased their preparedness to welcome in 5G and displayed a host of products that can take advantage of the 5G network.
Apart from displaying the capability of their devices, some manufactures, like Ericsson, showcased the advantages of 5G over 4G via use cases. A self-balancing robot that is able to stand up straight thanks to minimal latencies on 5G, trembles and falls when the latency is increased to 4G levels. The simple demonstration showed how a shift to 5G could help improve machine-to-machine communications and for automating tasks at remote locations.
JioPhone and TV features
After the launch of the ultra-affordable Rs 1500 Jio feature phone, the company showcased another interesting capability of the device. By using a simple dongle, the phone can connect to any TV – CRT or LCD flat screen – to display live TV via the Jio TV app.
The dongles have not yet launched in the market and the pricing is still to be finalised.
Final Thoughts on IMC 2017
The three-day event will look to explore different aspects of various themes like Digital India, internet governance, the future of smart networking and the digital identity in a digital world. Over the course of the event, experts from their various technical and academic fields will examine the intricacies of the process of digitisation.
The event includes a conclave, an exhibition and an awards ceremony as well as thematic pavilions and innovation zones. It is expected to attract more than 500 start-ups, 2,000 delegates from India and other countries.
IMC 2017 made India a global destination for leaders & key players to discuss, deliberate and dialogue; unveil excellence and lead policy for a vibrant eco-system.