DoT and COAI celebrates 25 years of first mobile call

Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the first mobile call made in India, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and COAI, through IMC Studio celebrated the event titled “Desh Ki Digital Udaan”.

On this occasion, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, congratulated and appreciated the contribution by the DoT, telecom companies and COAI in the telecom sector.

Narendra Modi mentioned digital mobility as an enabler of multiple other kinds of mobility – social, economic and informational and appreciated companies active in the ecosystem of digital connectivity which have done yeoman service to the poor and underprivileged by ensuring connectivity reaches them.

The online event witnessed messages from Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice; Dr. RS Sharma, Chairman, TRAI; Anshu Prakash, Secretary (T) & Chairman, DCC; Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Airtel; Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries; BK Modi, Chairman, Spice Group; and Lt. Gen. Dr. SP Kochhar, Director General, COAI.

Indian Mobile telephony is 25 years young and is raring to provide users, the latest technology that will not only revolutionize the way people communicate, but also contribute to the economic growth and development of the nation.

Delivering his opening remarks, Lt. Gen. Dr. SP Kochhar said, “During the last 25 years, technological progress, innovation and market dynamics have had a profound impact on the industry and contributed to the accelerated liberalization of the sector. There are many sectors doing good work in their fields but without telecom linkages they would be isolated specks.”

“Telecom interconnects and helps societies to be connected. It is like the nervous system of the human body. Taking inspiration from this memorable journey, the industry is committed to working towards creating a truly world-class digital ecosystem of the future with the help of our all stakeholders, especially the government,” added Kochhar.

The event witnessed speeches from India’s top telecom leaders Sunil Bharti Mittal and Mukesh Ambani. In a panel discussion titled “Connectivity Beyond telecom” industry leaders like Dr. Anand Agarwal, Group CEO, STL; Sanjay Malik, Senior Vice President and Head of India Market, Nokia; Anku Jain, MD, MediaTek India; and Rajesh Nambiar, Chairman & President, Ciena India, presented their views.

On July 31, 1995, the first mobile call was made between Writer’s Building in Kolkata and Sanchar Bhavan in Delhi, at one end was the Chief Minister of West Bengal and on the other side was Communications Minister in Delhi. Today, with approximately 958 million active wireless subscribers, India is the world’s second largest telecom market, contributing immensely to the country’s socio-economic development and playing a critical role in running the economy digitally during the pandemic.

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