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IMC: Day 2 of India Mobile Congress 2023: Senior execs of Airtel, TCS, Qulacomm and others attend — who said what

7th edition of Indian Mobile Congress (IMC) 2023, Asia’s largest telecom, media and technology forum jointly organized by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), is underway at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The theme of MWC 2023 is: “Global Digital Innovation”. The event is showcasing future technologies and India’s digital and telecom potential with a range of emerging innovations. The second day of MWC 2023 saw key industry leaders and DoT officials participate in multiple panel discussions including Industry 4.0, 5G applications, Enterprise digital transformation. Sustainable development, monetizing connectivity, India’s role in the global semiconductor landscape, 6G standardization, etc.
Quotes from key industry leaders on India Day 2 mobile congress 2023,
“Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) is set to disrupt the fixed broadband market, with over 100 service providers now offering FWA over 5G. New possibilities with network slicing, such as event slicing and slicing with enterprises, will drive advanced services. XR will also play a role in fueling innovation, AR glasses are set to be bigger than smartphones. 5G low-cost, low-power devices will reduce complexity while delivering higher data rates and speeds and Will extend battery life. In India, 5G is enabling new services like 3D/AR digital libraries, immersive replays, hologram messaging and optimized mobile gaming,” said NS Network Evolution, Southeast Asia, Oceania and India, Ericsson Chief Dr Thiaw Seng Ng said.
“4G has changed our lives. Today, we can’t imagine living without data. Working from home was a killer use case of 4G and our hope is that such killer 5G use cases are also to come We have high expectations from FWA – Airtel has launched the solution and we will focus on scaling it going forward. We are also seeing some positive signs from the B2B sector, but there are no alarming use cases in the B2C sector as of now, said Ganesh Lakshminarayanan, CEO, Airtel Business.
“The future is here and now, and innovation is the key to driving economic value and creating value for the masses. India is on the verge of becoming a leader in 6G standards, and the government’s policy framework must support the growth of innovation and a should create a healthy ecosystem. The policy framework is really supporting the development of this innovation and is really supporting the charter for innovation. In some cases, I am just recommending that the policy framework becomes a living document. “There should be a way to look at these numbers and see if these policies are generating enough economic stimulus,” said Vimal Kumar, vice president and global head of the Network Solutions and Services unit at Tata Consultancy Services. So that you can create a healthy ecosystem.”
“India has transformed from a technology consumer to a technology producer in the last decade. This is due to several factors, including changes in Indian mindset, government policies, industry support and availability of technical manpower and young population. Today, India is a digital powerhouse, and developed countries around the world are looking to its technological prowess. The country has made significant progress in financial inclusion, which would have taken decades to achieve without digitization. India is also at the forefront of technological innovation. Nokia has ramped up its manufacturing and R&D activities in India and has set up a 6G Lab to test and develop end-to-end solutions. India is well-positioned to drive global innovation in the coming years,” said Sanjay Malik, Senior Vice President, India Market Head, Nokia.
“Qualcomm has more people working in India than anywhere else in the country. We plan to design in India, deploy in India, and then scale around the world. India with UPI What has been done is incredible and a case study in itself, that’s the beauty of it. India has emerged as the GCC hub for global corporations and Make in India is a great initiative for the phone market. Qualcomm’s unique business The model enables the ecosystem to support ‘Design in India’ and ‘Make in India’, making us an enabling industry. NavIC is one such success story,” said Savi Soin, President, Qualcomm.
“Innovation is closely related to the willingness to take risks. Organizations that encourage risk-taking and embrace failure are the true drivers of innovation. It’s easy to repeat what has already been proven, but it takes courage to explore new frontiers. Telecom companies are grappling with the shrinking gap between each generation (3G to 4G, 4G to 5G and now 6G) while facing skyrocketing investments. However, returns are not keeping pace, and revenues are declining. With the same revenue, they are serving more customers and handling larger amounts of data. Without adequate resources for R&D and transformational initiatives, telcos’ ability to innovate is hindered,” said Manoranjan ‘Mao’ Mohapatra, CEO, Comviva.
The three-day exhibition aims to highlight India’s expertise in emerging and cutting-edge technologies such as 5G, 6G, AI, manufacturing, semiconductor, cyber security, broadcasting, satellite, green technology, deep tech, etc.

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