New Delhi, India, August 11, 2015: Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the industry association focused on driving the next generation Wi-Fi experience, in association with FICCI, is introducing its first initiative in India, the WBA Vision Forum 2015. The aim of this WBA Vision Forum is to discuss transformational role of Wi-Fi in Connected City Deployments and facilitate a dialogue that explores the opportunities and challenges associated with delivering transformational connectivity for the Indian Government’s 100 smart city program. The event will be held at FICCI offices, Tansen Marg, Delhi on August 13th 2015.
Senior Government officials who are championing the Government’s Digital India and Smart City vision will be attending the event coupled with Telecom operators, Technology providers and key players from the ecosystem. WBA is also leveraging this opportunity and its diverse experience in working with countries across the Globe by bringing in international experts who have years of experience in deploying smart city and Wi-Fi projects.
Ashish Khetan, Vice Chairman, Government of Delhi, Ministry of ICT, Shrikant Shenwai, CEO, Wireless Broadband Alliance, Vijay Sammeta, CIO, City of San Jose, Virat Bhatia, FICCI, and Rajan S Mathews, DG, COIA are some of the key Government & industry representatives, who will be attending the event.
Ashish Khetan, Vice Chairman, Government of Delhi, said, “It’s our vision to build Delhi as a futuristic smart city with state of the art infrastructure and connected systems for a safer, secure & efficient environment and Wi-Fi plays a key role in us fulfilling our vision of Smart Cities. We are glad that an industry organisation such as Wireless Broadband Alliance has taken an important step towards building the foundation by bringing together industry stalwarts, the Government & the telecom operators. WBA has a strong experience in driving next generation public Wi-Fi. We see this as a great start, where we can not only work with a public private partnership approach in strategizing the roll out, but also take learnings from other countries and implement them. I welcome WBA to work closely with the Government, operators and the ecosystem in planning & strategizing towards a seamless and standardized approach that will help us fulfill our promise of deploying city-wide WiFi.”
Shrikant Shenwai, CEO WBA, said, “With a population of 1.25 billion and only 30,000 hotspots today, we see an exponential journey for Wi-Fi to grow in India and connect the billions who don’t have access to broadband connections today or cannot afford a data connection. We, as a global trade association have a strong heritage in bringing together Wi-Fi (unlicensed) and cellular (licensed) technologies and creating best practices and merge ecosystems for a seamless and secure experience. The WBA Vision Forum 2015 aims to facilitate a dialogue between the Government, technology providers &operators to chalk out a strategy for deployment, collaboration, public-private partnerships and the role WBA as an organization play in helping the Government realize its Smart City vision.” said, “We are truly excited to be here in India and strongly consider WBA’s collaboration with the Government and the industry will be a stepping foundation towards building smart cities. We’ve had an extensive experience in deploying large Wi-Fi projects & building smart cities. An industry body such as WBA plays a pivotal role in bringing together the ecosystem for standardization and operationalizing smart city projects.”
Vijay Sammeta, CIO, City of San Jose, said, “The demand for high-speed connectivity and networks is insatiable and to address that we are in dire need of public private partnerships and the co-existence of licensed and unlicensed operators as it would be the most viable solution. The WBA Vision Forum provides the perfect platform to share this message with our Indian counterparts. I am excited to share my thoughts on how we are planning to up our game in delivering connectivity to both citizens and sensors in our evolving smart city efforts.”
Virat Bhatia, Chairman, Communications and Digital Economy Committee of FICCI, said, “We are extremely excited to be the venue for the first ever initiative taken in India to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the 100 Smart Cities programme. To realize this vision of our honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, we need an integrated effort from the government and the ecosystem players. And this event will bring together all the stakeholders. Alike WBA, we too believe in being a step ahead and embracing what the future has in store. We look forward to the event with great anticipation.”
“COAI is glad to be part of such a nation-building event and looks forward to its grand success. WBA is putting in a major effort to steer our future in the right direction with its WBA Vision Forum and we should come all out to support them and encourage everyone in the industry to make the most of this opportunity “said Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, COAI in a statement.
Key Industry Statistics
|· Total number of mobile subscriptions in India is expected to increase to approximately 1.4 billion by 2020, resulting in a population penetration of 100%
· 3G subscriptions to increase from over 120 million in 2014 to around 620 million
· LTE subscriptions will form 17% of the total subscription base in 2020.
|· Monthly mobile data traffic per active smartphone will increase 4-fold to4.5 GB by 2020.
· 22-fold increase in smartphone traffic by 2020
· Smartphone subscription to grow 6-fold to 750 million by 2020
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