Digital revolution is helping India march towards a digitally connected nation by harnessing power of technology led innovations. Our citizens are increasingly getting connected via cutting edge technologies like 4G and WiFi which are helping them in improving and empowering their lives.
As per latest estimates, India has deployed 95,000 public WiFi hotspots thanks to government and private telco initiatives for boosting broadband connectivity in tourist spots, government offices, educational institutes, health centres, market places, gram panchayats and others.
The draft Telecom Policy i.e. the National Digital Communications Policy 2018 talks about achieving 10 million WiFi hotspots by 2022 through NagarNet and JanWiFi. For achieving this India has a long way to go as NagarNet project focuses on establishing one million WiFi hotspots in urban areas whereas JanWiFi is looking at deployment of 2 million WiFi hotspots in rural areas.
It is with this objective, DigiAnalysys is organizing the second edition of My India WiFi Summit & Awards 2018 to be held on 06th September 2018 in New Delhi, India. The one-day event is focused towards bringing multiple stakeholders - operators, government, vendors, application providers, enterprise users and allied sectors. Upholding a collaborative approach, the comprehensive participation will align industry influencers from different sectors to explore areas of working in hand in hand to bridge the digital divide.
Key Industry Statistics
For achieving large number of hotspots, TRAI has come out with Public Data Office (PDO) concept. The vision of this initiative is to establish an Open Architecture based WiFi Access Network Interface (WANI), such that any entity (company, proprietorship, societies, non-profits, etc.) should easily be able to setup a public WiFi access point and user should be able to connect one or more devices in single session through low denomination package. The PDO initiative needs to gain momentum for India to achieve 10 million milestone.
Recently, the Telecom Commission has also given a go ahead to inflight connectivity. With this, the airlines and the telecom service providers can offer voice and data services in Indian airspace once an aircraft reaches an altitude of 3,000 metres.
Reliance Jio plans to deploy around 1.5 million WiFi hotspots at stadiums, housing complexes, bus stops, public parks and tourist spots, schools and colleges, government buildings, and other places in the country.
Facebook has deployed 700 Express WiFi hotspots in states of Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, and Gujarat by signing with local ISPs. The company has also partnered with Bharti Airtel to launch an additional 20,000 hotspots.
BSNL plans to deploy 100,000 WiFi hotspots of which 70,000 Wi-Fi hotspots will be from BSNL resources and 20,000 WiFi hotspots through Capex model.
Pune Smart City Development Corporation is planning to install 150 Google Stations as hotspots. Google Stations will be installed as a hotspot in Pune municipality area by Larsen & Toubro. Potentially, 3 million Punekars can now get online within seconds, to message friends, pay bills, shop online, watch music videos — and do millions of other things — at locations all around the city.
RailTel has provided high speed RailWire WiFi services to the rural areas by implementing WiFi facility at 298 designated rural railway stations close to the inhabited villages across the country. With the support from Indian Railways and Universal Service Obligatory Fund (USOF) RailTel is providing fast WiFi experience to the railways stations situated at remote corners of India. RailTel has taken a lead in providing fast WiFi for the use of passengers at A1, A category Railway stations through Google as the technology partner. Presently, RailTel has deployed WiFi hotspots in 392 stations and 33 stations are still remaining.
RailTel has invited tender for supply, installation, testing, commissioning, operation and maintenance of WiFi Services at 7,700 rural railway stations (D, E & F category).
Globally, total public WiFi hotspots (including homespots) will grow 6-fold from 2016 to 2021 from 94 million in 2016 to 541.6 million by 2021 as per Cisco VNI report.
The focus will be to try creating a meaningful and collaborative platform by bringing all the key stakeholders to chart out a mission for achieving 10 million WiFi hotspots by 2022 so that Digital India reaches every nook and corner of India.
- Where do we stand on Wi-Fi hotspots in the country?
- Steps taken by the government
- Contribution by large operators
- How to make public Wi-Fi interoperable?
- New Wi-Fi technologies which are secure and reliable
- Infrastructure sharing related to Wi-Fi equipment such as Wi-Fi router, access point and backhaul Expediting E-Band (71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz) and V-Band (57-64 GHz)
- Can enterprise WiFi act as a catalyst for increasing sales for hospitality, retail, education, sports and others?
- Can enterprise WiFi help in increasing consumer engagement as well as customer experience in all verticals?
- Disruptive technology innovations by start-ups and leading WiFi players through ad-tech and analytics
- How enterprise WiFi can be made secure and reliable?
- Successful international models which can be replicated in India
- Learnings from Public Wi-Fi hotpspots model deployed in different parts of India
- Learnings from Wi-Fi deployment in Smart Cities Project
- Verticals where Public Wi-Fi has done well say Railways, tourist, education, health, metro and others
- Will PDO Model work for public Wi-Fi hotspots in urban?
- Successful international models which can be replicated in India
- Present status of Wi-Fi Hotspots in Rural
- Providing Wi-Fi hotspots in gram panchayats locations/establishments
- Applications which can be useful for public Wi-Fi in villages
- Challenges which needs to be overcome for Wi-Fi Hotspots in rural
- Inflight Connectivity in both commercial as well as chartered airlines
- Opportunities in Railways Wi-Fi/Metro Wi-Fi
- Maritime vessels connectivity for both Indian as well as International vessels
- Successful models which can be replicated in India
Wi-Fi LEADERSHIP AWARDS
- WiFi Leadership Award (Person Centric)
- Best WiFi Service Provider
- Best WiFi Start-up (companies incorporated after March 31, 2013)
- Best WiFi Service Provider (North)
- Best WiFi Service Provider (South)
- Best WiFi Service Provider (East)
- Best WiFi Service Provider (West)
- Best Home WiFi Service Provider
- Best WiFi Innovation
- Best Public WiFi Project
- Best Smart City WiFi Project
- Best Enterprise WiFi Project
- Best Social WiFi Project
- Best Make in India WiFi Company
- Best Cloud WiFi Solution
- Best WiFi Security Solution
- Best WiFi Monetisation Solution
- Best WiFi Roaming Solution
- Best WiFi OSS/BSS Solution
- Best Home WiFi Product
- Most Promising WiFi Brand
- Best IoT Solution
- Best WiFi Project Led by Women
Key Event Highlights
- Power Packed C-level Participation:
Presence of all stakeholders be it Policy Makers, Service Providers, WiFi Providers, Town Planners, App Providers, Analysts, ISPs, Solution Providers and Vendors.
- Thought Provoking Industry keynotes and Panel Sessions:
Discussion on topics which will help India move forward in terms of connecting the unconnected by cost reduction, time reduction and faster deployment.
- WiFi Leadership Awards:
Felicitating the industry stalwarts and organizations in terms of their outstanding work for the growth of WiFi eco-system in the country.
- Networking Expo:
Showcasing leading access technologies from the Industry with a special focus on Start-Ups.
- Launch of “State of WiFi in India” Whitepaper:
Release of Whitepaper jointly drafted by Broadband India Forum & DigiAnalysys.
Who Should Attend
- Policy Makers
- Central & State Government’s
- Town Planners
- Mobile Operators
- Fixed-line Operators
- Tower Companies
- Wi-Fi Operators
- OTT Players
- Utility Players
- ICT Technology Vendors
- Consultants/System Integrators/VAR’s
Event and Audience Promotion:
With the combination of DigiAnalysys service provider and industry contacts, we are poised to further expand our reach at My India Wi-Fi Summit & Awards 2018. The upcoming conference will be driven by a unique audience pre-qualification process.
For the second edition of My India Wi-Fi Summit & Awards 2018, we are targeting about 150 attendees from government, policy makers, telecom operators, ISP’s, System Integrators and large enterprises.
Entry to the summit is by invite only and requires prior online registration for those wishing to attend the summit. Organizers have the right to decline or withhold nominations which do not qualify for complimentary entry passes.
Besides, delegates have an option of booking paid entry passes in advance for securing their entry to the summit. Prices for the same are INR 10,000 per entry for Indian delegates and USD 230 per entry for International delegates. Each delegate package shall include delegate kit, access to conference and plenary sessions, awards ceremony, networking expo, tea/coffee and lunch.
List of Invited Speakers