Sunil Mittal and Mukesh Ambani to Speak About Indian Telecom Industry at the IMC

Heads of the country’s top telecom firms will be seen sharing dais during the India Mobile Congress from October 25-27, where these telcos are expected to discuss critical issues facing the industry. According to the event schedule, Reliance Jio Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal are going to be part of the inaugural session on October 25. Vodafone Idea Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla is also expected to join the session. “Promoters of all three telecom operators are going to participate in IMC,” Industry body COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews told PTI.


Mathews said chief technology officers and chief marketing officers of leading telecom operators are expected to discuss various business proposals at the event. The second edition of the three-day India Mobile Congress will focus on BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) region telecom sector.

Mathews said that delegates from the US, Canada, UK and European Union too have confirmed participation in the upcoming IMC. “We have Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but not everyone can go there. There is no big event in South Asia and South East Asia to showcase the potential of the telecom sector and encourage the development of technology. This time, we have global speakers like FCC (US telecom regulator) Chairman Ajit Pai, European Commision Vice President Andrus Ansip, (and) leaders from BIMSTEC countries,” Mathews said.

He said that the government would be more involved in the IMC to meet delegates and industry officers who want to reach out them. “Telecom Minister (Manoj Sinha) and DoT secretary (Aruna Sundararajan) will be meeting people at IMC at the pre-fixed schedule. Department of Science and Technology will engage with IMC to connect with innovators. We are trying if any fund from government can be made available for select start-ups at the event,” he added.

Around 300 exhibitors, 2,500 delegates and 10,000 visitors are expected to participate in the event. “We have shortlisted 250 startups. We will work out with the Department of Science and Technology to find out if any of their funds can be made available to the best startups,” Mathews said.

The COAI will start its own business-to-consumer exhibition from this edition of the IMC with participation from Samsung, Huawei and Nokia. “We have reached out to university and colleges where they have a specialised interest in the telecom sector. At IMC they will get live exposure to industry people and look at advanced technologies and accordingly shape their career,” the director general said.

Live demonstration of 5G will take place at the event, machine-to-machine communications, IoT and other latest technology are scheduled for demonstration at the event, Mathews said.

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Thamilan daa
October 23, 2018 9:31 am 9:31 AM

Shutting down only the 2G and keeping the 3G and 4G network will support the operators and the users. Shutting down the 3G will not make sense as a senseless creature is blabbering here.

Chetan | Bengaluru
October 22, 2018 10:05 pm 10:05 PM

Airtel 4G signal switches back and forth from Band 8(900Mhz) to band 40 in 1 min and keeps on doing same all throughout day inside my house. This drains my note 9 battery quickly. Also CA is currently not deployed on band 8. Horrible, horrible optimization …. Hence as i said earlier, i have removed the sim and switched off my note 9 as even Vodafone is also bad in terms of speed but coverage is good…

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 22, 2018 11:55 pm 11:55 PM

Its important to see how much they take time to completely switch off 2G and 3G from now onwards. Earlier it is,will be good for them. They should try to focus on network instead of customers. As their network is good enough for data they should not look up for subscribers. They will come as a secondary sim users. They should look forward to shut down 2G and 3G as soon as possible.

Thamilan daa
October 23, 2018 9:26 am 9:26 AM

Stop posting senseless nikhil. You are talking as if the smartphones do not switch between the bands in a 4G network.

Chetan | Bangalore
October 23, 2018 8:31 am 8:31 AM

@nikhil, I usually don’t reply to you but look at your comment once again. It just doesn’t make sense. Comments after comments you make and it doesn’t make any logic. There is no hurry to reply to me or anybody else , reply only when you have some reasonable point to make else don’t write at all

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 23, 2018 11:13 am 11:13 AM

At the end I will say, don’t be harsh on incumbents. Monopoly of Jio is not good for us. They will refarm their spectrum to 4G in upcoming months. Have patience. CA will come late after optimizing particular band. I see most of the parts of the country have not yet deployed band 40 by Airtel. From where CA will come in this pathetic situation.

Chetan | Bengaluru
October 23, 2018 1:47 pm 1:47 PM
@Nikhil, don’t worry on monopoly of Jio. Let Airtel and VOID die as long as Jio is able to accomodate all customers on its own network(If possible). On pricing front i am sure Mukesh will not backstab its customer. I have known his father killed all polyester industry by bringing prices to almost negligible but later only increased prices bases inflation and not because of its whims and fancies like airtel and VOID did in past. its better to have single operator who is economical, better equipped than to have 2-3 who cant provide proper service… Ask any reader here,… Read more »
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 23, 2018 11:10 am 11:10 AM
Also about refarmimg 2G and 3G spectrum, they should do in such a way that it should not disturb service to subscribers. And it’s a tedious process. It will take time. It won’t be done overnight as you are expecting it. First they should switch off 3G on band 1 to refarm it for 4G to offload current band 3/40. And they can switch off band 8 2G/3G slowly by keeping some of 2G on band 3. That’s the only way to go in my opinion. There is no other way around. Also IUC being zero from 2020 there is… Read more »
Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 23, 2018 10:50 am 10:50 AM
You talk clueless things at times. How you can expect band 8 CA without properly optimizing it. Hardly any device supports band 8 LTE in India. It’s not easy task. More than throwing retention offers, Airtel should concentrate on refining their network(Like network issue you are facing you are not using because of the same issue.) It will lead short term loss of revenue but will help in long term benefits. Also their VoLTE is not good as mentioned by you in codec in previous comments. It’s thing they want to improve rather than retaining subscribers. With Dual 4G phones… Read more »
Chetan | Bengaluru
October 23, 2018 1:37 pm 1:37 PM

Guys can anybody tell @Nikhil, how many devices now supports band 8???

Lastly Nikhil, i suggest you please read some quality papers and you would realise what junk is Airtel and VOID, how in hurry they have deployed Volte without network in place to handle it…

Dont take me wrong but i advice you to refrain from writing Band 41, Airtel burst of 100mbps speeds etc because it just doesn’t make sense for many people in cities because airtel provide burst only on few sites which they have upgraded..

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
October 22, 2018 11:52 pm 11:52 PM

Going to take while brother. Its not easy task. Now they have to pull themselves up with Jios early recharge. Most of the people will do it and ditch Airtel completely.

October 22, 2018 5:43 pm 5:43 PM

No top ups from tomorrow in Airtel

Rhishav (Kolkata)
October 23, 2018 6:13 pm 6:13 PM

Yes from today onwards in Kolkata circle as well

Kaushik IMA
October 23, 2018 3:23 pm 3:23 PM

I like the idea of streamlining recharges, but not if it means the average spending has to go up.

October 22, 2018 9:47 pm 9:47 PM

Which circle brother?

October 23, 2018 2:20 pm 2:20 PM

Same here in Kolkata circle.
Vodafone Idea going same