Update: GSMA has debunked the claims of an Indian edition of MWC happening anytime soon. In a statement issued some time back, GSMA said, “Contrary to media reports, the GSMA is not collaborating with COAI in the development of the India Mobile Congress scheduled to take place in September.” We wonder from where the PTI got this news. It even has a quote from the Chairman of COAI.
Earlier: We might be done with this year’s global Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but we’re yet to cover India’s version of the same. Yes, India will be hosting its first-ever Mobile Congress, an electronic trade show where companies, mainly South-East Asian, will be showcasing their products and services.Also Read: Hits and Misses at MWC 2017: What Rocked, What Sank!
The three-day event will be organized in partnership with the GSM association who is also responsible for conducting the global one held in Spain. It will be hosted in the capital city, New Delhi at Pragati Maidan starting from September 27th of this year.
Commenting further on the announcements, COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews stated, “There is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and an edition in Shanghai. There is nothing in between for South East Asia. India is emerging as one of the global leaders in telecom which we will also showcase in the Indian Mobile Congress.”
He also said that the Department of Telecom and the Ministry of Electronics and IT have laid their emphasis on Indian Mobile Congress and Cellular Operators Association of India will be driving it.
Several Indian mobile operators and global companies like Facebook, Huawei, Ericsson, Cisco, and more are expected to participate in the mobile congress. We also anticipate that most native and Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Lenovo who’ve witnessed significant sales in the country to be involved as well. The conference will definitely work in conjunction with the country’s “Digital India” and other related campaigns.
“We have asked other Indian business association to come together and be part of it. The event will focus on knowledge sharing, exhibition, startups, skill development and all pillars of Digital India including Make in India.” Mathews said.
India is already ranked as the third largest smartphone market globally and the forecasts believe that India will soon overtake U.S to become second largest smartphone market by the end of 2017. The internet penetration in India is also steeply climbing thanks to the telecom wars between Jio and the other incumbent operators. In a nutshell, India is already a smartphone market that is too big to ignore and even companies like Apple have been trying to establish their foothold in the Indian market by opening exclusive retail stores and also gearing up to start manufacturing units in India.
Stay tuned to TechPP for more info on the event.