The success story and rapid growth of telecommunication in India is universally acknowledged. Mobile communication in particular has made an indelible mark in the global arena as it has delivered beyond all expectations on its promise and potential. The addition of 15.26 million subscribers during January, 2009 is a quantum jump over 10.66 million added in December, 2008. Total number of connections has crossed 400 millions pushing teledensity to 34.5%. In contrast, the growth of broadband connections remains low due to the limitations of current local access infrastructure. The introduction of 3 G and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) is likely to change the penetration of internet and broadband.
In order to address the issues concerning 3 G and Broadband Wireless Access (BWA), Amity Institute of Telecom Technology and Management (AITTM) in association with Nokia Siemens Networks Pvt. Ltd organized “TELEFOCUS, 09”- a seminar on “Emerging Telecom Scenario” at Amity University. The daylong seminar was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Mr. Nripendra Misra- Chairman, TRAI, Mr. Kuldeep Goyal- CMD, BSNL, Mr. Bhagwan D Khurana- CMD, Newgen Holdings Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Sandeep Bhargava- Head -Corporate Affairs, Nokia Siemens Networks Pvt. Ltd.
Welcoming the august and distinguished gathering, Lt. Gen. P D Bhargava- Director General, Amity Institute of Telecom Technology and Management (AITTM) outlined the aptness of the theme of the seminar keeping in view the paradigm shift in the growth of the telecom sector. This shift, he said, will fuel the large requirement of multi- skil1ed professionals in all areas of telecom sector and the seminar will help the students to brace them according to the topical requirements of the telecom industry. Lt. Gen. Bhargava also shared several training programmes which AITTM has been offering to the employees of telecom companies including Tata Teleservices, UT Starcom, TCIL etc.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Nripendra Misra- Chairman, TRAI said that communication is very important, it is a contributing factor to the overall economic growth of the country. Every sector be it education, telecom or hospitality interacts and complements each other, thereby adding to the richness of the society. Dwelling on the phenomenal growth witnessed by telecom sector in recent years, Mr. Misra said that India has surpassed US as far as telecom networks are concerned and, now boasts of having the second largest telecom network in the world after China. The tariffs for telecom services in India are one of the lowest in the world. The revenue from the telecom industry has also grown manifold, making telecom a 30 billion dollars industry. He, further, called upon the students to study important topics concerning telecom industry like what is the role of Government, regulators and entrepreneurs in the telecom sector, how the technologies can be upgraded, what is holding us back from implementing 3G in India, what is the interaction of various stakeholders which has perhaps slowed down the process of the implementation of 3 G, which will indeed provide quality service to the consumers.
Sharing some mantras of life with the students, he encouraged them to never quit or get unduly perturbed in trying times, never hesitate in asking questions and speaking their minds and never allow their best to get lost at any point of their lives.
Expressing his delight over the growth of Indian Telecom Industry, Mr. Kuldeep Goyal- CMD, BSNL said that though recession has hit several sectors in India but telecom sector is not affected that much and its growth continues unabated. Talking about the changes that would be witnessed by telecom sector in the coming years, he said that 3 G, 4 G and Wi- max technology would be implemented across the country. Networks would be completely transformed giving way to upgraded IP networks. Stressing the fact that India is adding over 8.5 million to 10 million new mobile subscribers to the network every month, Mr. Goyal made students realize the plethora of avenues and opportunities that exist in the telecom sector and the enormous contribution which is expected of them in the coming years.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Bhagwan D Khurana- CMD Newgen Holdings Pvt. Ltd opined that the growth of the telecom sector can be attributed to privatization, reforms and competition. He shared that investment in Telecom industry and economic growth of a country are closely related, telecom sector has multiplier effect on the entire economy. He expressed that a revolution in telecom sector is about to come. Technologies like Internet protocol TV, mobile TV will change the scenario in the coming years.
The inauguration was followed by technical sessions on “Ushering 3 G in India: Opportunities and Challenges” chaired by Mr. Bhagwan D Khurana- CMD, Newgen Holdings Pvt. Ltd., “ Strategy and New Business Approaches” chaired by Mr. Sunil Dutt- Country Head- Mobile Business, Samsung India Electronics and “ Broadband for all” chaired by Dr. Shailendra K. Hajela- Chairman and CEO, Telecell Communication.
The eminent speakers for the sessions included Mr. Abhay Sargaonkar- Sr. VP (Technology), Bharti Airtel, Mr. Sandeep Raina- Head- 3G Business, Nokia Siemens Networks, Mr. Mayank Bhargava- Head- 3G Programme, Ericsson India, Mr. R Saji Kumar- DGM Broadband, BSNL, Mr. Rakesh Malik- Director (Sales), Alcatel Lucent, Mr. Anuj Kapur- Director- Service Sales (South Asia), Alcatel Lucent and Mr. Sriram T. V – VP (Technology), Bharti Airtel