Silver jubilee edition of Convergence India kicks off

09th February 2017
Silver jubilee edition of Convergence India kicks off
From left: Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group, India, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Umang Das, Chief Mentor, ATC-Telecom Consultants India & Vidya Nath, Research Director, Global Innovation Center & Digital Media Practice, Frost & Sullivan, India at the launch of the whitepaper by Frost and Sullivan on Industry Outlook for the Indian Telecom and Broadcast Industry

New Delhi, February 9, 2017: South Asia's biggest tech show, Convergence India 2017 expo celebrates its  25th anniversary this year. The even now underway along with the  Internet of Things  India show,has 635 companies are showcasing ground-breaking technologies and services with new product launches. 
Inaugurating the event, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and Law & Justice P.P. Chaudhary said, “The Government is making concentrated efforts to ensure the last mile connectivity of broadband services across the country to make Internet available to all. Digital India will ensure that government services are available to Indian citizens at all times. Aadhar has given digital identity to 1.11 billion citizens, making it a unique project in the world. Under the Jan Dhan Yojana Scheme, 260 million bank accounts have been opened.”
Organised by the Exhibitions India Group, the event is supported by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the Digital India campaign.
Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, said, “We are moving into an era of autonomous digital from passive digital, which was started in the 70s. But the most important factor is that in the midst of the technology evolution, people should be at the centre. ” To nurture ideas and innovations (knowledge-based and technology-driven) into successful startups, Prof. Sharma said, “The Department of Science and Technology is bullish on innovations. DST runs 100 incubator programmes across the country, incubating 2000 start-ups and we plan to increase that to 5000 in the next three years. A new programme NIDHI (National Initiative for Development and Harnessing Innovations), has been launched which offers seed funding of Rs. 10 million. The Atal Innovation Mission has also been launched for the welfare of citizens.”
“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convergence India expo, technology continues to move at a rapid pace and collaboration is often the best way for companies and governments to achieve long-term success. This year’s event not only provides the right platform for this exchange, but also showcases the next generation of innovations that will shape our future. And what an incredible way to celebrate 25 years of Convergence India with the launch of the Internet of Things India 2017 expo,” said Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Pvt. Ltd. 
The event also saw the launch Frost & Sullivan’s exclusive Whitepaper on ‘Industry Outlook for the Indian Telecom and Broadcast Industry’. Vidya S Nath, Research Director, Digital Media Practice, Frost & Sullivan, said, “India is poised to be among the top five economies in the world by 2020. Home to over a billion mobile subscribers and the second largest Internet user base in the world, India will become a force of reckoning for global businesses, policy, and technology advancement. Deploying country-wide fibre network and providing public Wi-Fi connectivity are crucial mandates for driving the Digital India and Make in India initiatives. Rural Internet users will grow 40% annually for the next three years, and video consumption on the Internet will grow five-fold by 2020. This will alter the course of the telecom and broadcast industries. SMAC along with cyber security and IoT will be the essential elements for an organization in India to drive its digital transformation strategy.” Frost & Sullivan is the exclusive Knowledge Partner for Convergence India 2017 and Internet of Things India Expo 2017.
Convergence India expo, and the co-located IoT India expo, are spread over 18,000sqm of area, bringing together the IoT ecosystem including hardware, services, software and governing bodies, covering development areas and the future of IoT in India including smart cities, wearable technologies, design applications, enablers, industrial IoT and data analytics.