The third edition of the annual India Mobile Congress will take place from 14th-16th October 2019 at Aerocity, New Delhi. The official announcements for the India Mobile Congress 2019, the most important telecom event in India, were made in a curtain raiser event on 27th July 2019 at New Delhi.

Top decision makers of the telecom sector in India
Stellar presence at the IMC Curtain Raiser

The inaugural statement announcing the third edition of the India Mobile Congress was made by Hon’ble Minister of Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Government of India, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad. Addressing, the audience, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasadsaid, “India Mobile Congress is an annual gathering of the top telecom and Digital technology companies in India and I urge all the industry leaders, brands, innovators, academia and the policy makers to come together to make IMC the biggest technology show in Asia.

Ravi Shankar Prasad 2019
Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad delivering a keynote

Smt. Aruna Sundararajan, erstwhile Chairperson, DCC and Secretary (T), DoT, Ministry of Communications, Government of India and Shri Anshu Prakash, the newly appointed Chairperson, DCC and Secretary (T), DoT, Ministry of Communications, Government of India, were also guests of honour at the India Mobile Congress 2019 curtain raiser.

Ravi Shankar Prasad & Balesh Sharma
Mr. Balesh Sharma and Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad at IMC 2019 Curtain Raiser

Chaiman, COAI, Mr. Balesh Sharma highlighted that the kind of people attending the curtain raiser was an indication of how the event has become the most important telecom event in India. The other people sharing the dice included, among others:

  • Shri. Nitin Bansal – Managing Director –  Ericsson
  • Shri.   CEO, Redhat India
  • Shri. Srinivasan Sundarajan – Sr. Vice President Samsung Electronics  
  • Shri. Mahendra Nahata – Director, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.
  • Shri. Gopal Vittal – CEO, Bharti Airtel

Most important telecom event in India

The India Mobile Congress is one of the world’s biggest digital communication and digital technologies platforms. It brings together key players from the national, regional and global tiers to collaborate on issues that concern and interest consumer markets all over the world. Discussing the value of the Department of Telecommunication’s flagship event with the Cellular Operators Association of India, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “We are hopeful that with the concerted efforts, from all corners, celebrating the true spirit of digital India, this event will be a grand success”. The theme for the India Mobile Congress 2019 is ‘IMAGINE: A New CONNECTED World. Intelligent. Immersive. Inventive’. With a focus on new and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, 5G, Blockchain and Smart Cities, IMC 2019 has been further divided into 9 subcategories:

•          Augmented Analytics

•          Autonomous Things

•          Future Logistics

•          Immersive World

•          Intelligent Edge

•          Inventive Unicorns

•          mHealth

•          Privacy and Ethics

The India Mobile Congress 2019 will host international brands, CXOs, world leaders, delegates, media persons and guests. COAI expects 75,000 visitors, 40 participating countries, 300+ exhibitors and 250+ speakers at this year’s event. In only two  years, IMC has established itself as Asia’s largest platform for launches, expert panels, announcements, demos, displays on all things Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT). The IMC stage is one of Asia’s largest networking opportunities for brands, entrepreneurs, sponsors and exhibitors alike. The B2B, B2C and B2G networking opportunities offered by the India Mobile Congress make it the industry’s biggest trade fair of the year.

The digital technologies landscape is rapidly evolving in India and the government and telecommunications sector, along with allied sectors, are heavily invested in positioning India as a star player in global markets. The Government of India’s commitment to the Digital India vision is one where all the administrative processes of the country are delivered digitally and all residents have equal access to Internet connectivity and mobile technology. The Digital India program sets the backdrop against which the India Mobile Congress has quickly become the premier event of its kind in Asia. The India Mobile Congress enjoys the support of the Government of India and its various agencies, such as the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways amongst others.

Mr. Rajan Mathews, Director General, COAI, said, “We are thankful to our Hon’ble Minister, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad for his immense support and guidance in successfully reaching the third year of this grand event. We are also grateful to the Government of India for the huge effort put into this and for providing a facilitative environment to the entire industry. With all this help, India Mobile Congress has established itself as the biggest technology event in South Asia. biggest networking event in India in the digital technology space and the most important telecom event in India. We are sure that all stakeholders will look forward to this platform for launches and releases of new technologies. Officials and senior decision makers from both the Government as well as the industry will be present and tech companies will be displaying the best that this ecosystem has to offer at this marquee event of the country.”