"Huge opportunity for Global companies to set up plants in India"

"Huge opportunity for Global companies to set up plants in India"

By Jaya Kishore B   |   Thursday, 20 March 2008, 05:16 Hrs
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NewDelhi: "India has become a global hub of innovation. Innovation in mobile and communication technologies are now started penetrating into even rural poor. The country is set to become the major technology market in the world," said Siddharth Behurua, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) while inaugurating the Convergence India2008, one of the prominent ICT events in South Asia on Wednessday at Pragti Maidan Delhi.

"India is also becoming a major manufacturing hub. As lower devices gaining prominence locally, there is a huge opportunity for the global companies in this space to explore the country and to set up manufacturing plants here," Behurua said, adding, "The convergence of multimedia on a mobile is making this sector competent."

During the inaugural ceremony, RSP Sinha,CMD, MTNL was also present as a guest of honor. The three-day event is being organized by the Exhibitions India Group and is supported by DoT and the Department of Information Technology.

While during brainstorming session on "Next generation Networks", Dr. Kumar Sivarajan, CTO, Tejas Networks stressed that next generation transport network will be based on carrier Ethernet transport. He also said that this could happen through Carrier Ethernet over SDH/ SONET or Carrier Ethernet over Packet Network.

Stefan Danielsson, Network Solutions Director at Ericsson said, "Full service broadband would be the future of our networks. There will be multitude of devices like high-definition video camera, MP3 player, game console that will be connected to the networks. By 2010, there will be 1.5 billion subscribers connected to broadband."

Danielsson further stressed that mobile broadband will drive this transformation. There will be increase in data consumption. If one looks at the trends in Europe, the voice traffic is less than 10 percent of the connectivity. The rest is Internet. In future, across the world, we will see Internet and mobile TV driving the traffic on mobile networks.

The rate at which the India is becoming technology savvy was reflected the Convergence 2008 India event. More than 15,000 tech curious people have visited the event on Wednessday. Companies from over 30 countries are displaying the latest technologies in broadband and wireless access, VoIP, optical access networking 3G, m-commerce areas.

Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group, termed it as "an international exhibition & conference" that is instrumental in bringing world's leading companies to India and maintaining an equal proportion of Indian & foreign companies at the event.

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