Today On the occasion of the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) – 2017, experts from the industry, government and academicians, today came together to discuss technology and policy developments for addressing solutions and promoting sustainable practices through innovation and application of technology.

Calling for a cohesive ecosystem and breaking down of silos and a call for consistent closer collaboration between five ministries DoT, MoC, MeitY, MHRD, I&B and Skill Development. COAI emphasised on the need for digital literacy and capacity building and creation of local language content for actualising the true potential of Digital India.


Over INR 9,27,000 crores have been invested so far by TSPs in building world class Telecom Infrastructure. About 3.51 lakh BTSs were added and subscribers have crossed the mark of 1 billion. Total internet subscribers in India are 261.31 million as per TRAI data.

Mr. Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI said, “India is currently the world’s second-largest telecommunications market and it is only growing stronger. As one of the key contributors to the national growth, Indian telecom industry today has touched more lives than before. We have not only connected people, we have also provided a robust platform for ideas and innovations to flourish. We are proud of serving over a billion Indians both connecting and empowering them for delivering the digital future.

Sustainability & Corp Responsibility – Ericsson India, amongst others, the high-level roundtable also discussed various opportunities and challenges faced by the sector, which truly has emerged as  one of the biggest growth driver of the nation and contributor to the exchequer.

On the occasion of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day today, COAI proudly announces the theme of Indian telecom industry for the year as “Telecom & Connectivity as tools for Accelerating Human Development in India”. By 2020, the contribution of mobile industry to the country’s GDP will increase to 8.2 per cent from the current 6.5 per cent. It is also expected to generate four million direct and indirect jobs over the next five years. Globally, we will also have between 26 billion and 50 billion Internet-connected devices by 2020.”

The panel was also enriched through the participation of notable academia and public intellectuals like Prof. Madhav Das Nalapat and Prof. Farhat Basir Khan. Prof. Nalapat highlighted the role played by ICTs in deepening democracy while Prof. Farhat Basir Khan who’s also the founder faculty member of AJKMCRC , Jamia Millia Islamia highlighted the Khan Charter outlining his vision for an inclusive city through SDG’s and ICT’s.

At the end, COAI also announced the schedule of Indian Mobile Congress to be held in September 2017. “Indian Mobile Congress will project the Indian telecom industry at par with the world and will fill a big vacuum between the existing events like World Mobile Congress in Barcelona and Shanghai,” Mr. Mathews said


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