Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC) has organised a two-day ‘Bharat Telecom 2024 – An Exclusive International Business Expo’ in collaboration with DoT at Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi from January 29-30, 2024.
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Dr. Neeraj Mittal, Chairman, the Digital Communications Commission and Secretary, the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, Government of India inaugurated the event.
In his inaugural address Mittal said “India has leapfrogged in several technologies including the creation of digital public infrastructure. Our 5G rollout led by our domestic companies has been one of the fastest in the world, covering roughly over 100 million consumers in a year and the world is already looking towards India for 6G technology.
A recent Ookla report has shown that India has grown by leaps and bounds in mobile broadband speed. This increase in speed will no longer be limited to urban areas and will be extended to all village panchayats in the country through the BharatNet Programme.
India has already created the Bharat 6G Alliance which is a collaborative effort of industry, academia and the government. We are also funding programmes through Telecom Technology Development Fund on 6G test bed, optical communication, research etc.
The government is looking to improve the Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme and has sought the views and inputs from Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for the new, better scheme.
We need to build a telecom component ecosystem in India. It is currently not good enough to bring sub-systems and assemble them here and bring efficiencies in the low-value addition part. The startup ecosystem will be a driver and enabler of employment, technology and manufacturing, going forward.
The small MSMEs are doing and making excellent products, today, and are also able to compete with big companies in orders which are not only placed by public sector units, but also private telecom players. I will be happy when MSMEs are able to compete, not just in tenders of BharatNet, which is a government procurement project, but of private sector rollouts.”
In his address, NG Subramaniam, Chairman, TEPC & COO, TCS, said: “India’s telecom story is quite remarkable. We have transformed ourselves as a mobile-first nation with the world’s second-largest mobile subscriber base. High-speed internet penetration to every nook and corner of India through initiatives such as BharatNet is facilitating this and the BharatNet is primarily to ensure the inclusivity of the growth that India is seeing today.
The telecom sector continues to do well in the country. A number of startups, MSMEs and OEMs have emerged in the last decade. Our exports from the telecom sector through its products and services have surged by 35% in 2023 and India has attracted about USD 8 billion in FDI in the telecom sector in 2023.
The 20th edition of Bharat Telecom is showcasing leading-edge telecom products that are domestically engineered, trusted, efficient, layered, interoperable and maintainable.”
Arnob Roy, Co-Founder, Executive Director & COO, Tejas Networks Ltd., presented the industry perspective on ‘Transformative Telecom Products & Solutions from India’ through a presentation on the occasion.
Sandeep Aggarwal, former Chairman, TEPC & MD, Paramount Communications Ltd., presented the Vote of Thanks.
A total of 90 exhibitors including 50 MSMEs and 40 startups are showcasing their products in the Bharat Telecom exhibition. More than 135 delegates from over 35 countries across the globe participated in the event.