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India Mobile Congress 2018 in October, greater international presence expected

More than 200,000 attendees, more 1,300 exhibitors, more international presence expected at the second edition of the event to be held in New Delhi

SNS | New Delhi |

The second edition of the India Mobile Congress will be held in New Delhi from 25 October to 27 October, 2018. The event will be held at Aerocity in New Delhi under the theme, “New Digital Horizons: Connect. Create. Innovate.”

As per initial details announced by the India Mobile Congress (IMC) on April 16, more than 200,000 professionals from the telecom industry, encompassing the 5G, start-up ecosystem, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Smart Cities, and allied industry sectors, will attend the mega event organised by the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, and the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).

Addressing a curtain raiser ceremony, Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Railways, Government of India, Manoj Sinha said, “The India Mobile Congress 2018…is an excellent platform for policy makers, industry and regulators to engage in meaningful deliberations to drive the future direction of this important sector. This year, we will also be honoured by the presence of our friends from ASEAN and BIMSTEC, which will lend a global connect to our exchanges.

Announcing the theme and schedule of the event, Aruna Sundararajan, Chairperson, Telecom Commission, and Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, said, “India is gearing up to embrace this new digital future with our focus on 5G readiness and the facilitation of new technology adoption across sectors. We firmly believe that the India Mobile Congress platform will be instrumental in driving this, by bringing together all stakeholders in the Telecommunications and IT ecosystem and providing the right forum for deliberations on the way forward in connectivity solutions.”

Speaking on the occasion, Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI, said, “With more than 1.2 billion subscribers, mobile now connects the whole of India. It is fuelling innovation, revolutionising industries and spurring exciting new opportunities, across both developed and developing markets.”

He added: “Mobile provides access to life-enhancing and, in some cases, life-changing services. Reinforcing our industry’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, mobile is providing lifelines to hope, reducing inequalities and preserving our world’s resources. We look forward to Mobile World Congress 2018 and showing how mobile is creating a better future.”

More than 1,300 exhibitor companies will participate in the exhibition at the event.

The first edition of India Mobile Congress was held in September 2017, which was attended by over 2,000 delegates, over 32000 visitors, 152 speakers, and over 100 start-ups.

IMC 2018 is expecting a greater international presence with partner countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) likely to attend the event.