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Introduction

In today’s business scenario, when it comes to communications, WiFi continues to be the wireless connectivity choice for many businesses. In a report released late last year, the Wireless Broadband Alliance said that almost 80 percent of businesses will deploy next-generation WiFi by 2020.

In addition, the group said that almost 70 percent of smartphone data is  carried over WiFi. According to Markets and Markets Research, the global WiFi market will reach $15.6 billion by 2022, up from $5.96 billion in 2017.

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.

This is a huge opportunity for the channel community to become preferred partner of choice when it comes to addressing communication needs for their customers.

It is with this objective, DigiAnalysys and ChannelDrive are jointly organizing the first edition of WiFi Leadership Summit & Awards 2018 to be held on 20th December 2018 in New Delhi, India. The one-day event is focused towards bringing multiple stakeholders including channel partner eco-system, small medium and large enterprises and technology vendors. Upholding a collaborative approach, the comprehensive participation will align industry in luencers from different sectors to explore areas of working in hand in hand to harmonize growth of WiFi technology and help bridge the digital divide.

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WiFi DEPLOYMENT MARKET OUTLOOK

Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio has deployed Public WiFi at around 9,000 locations pan-India and plans to deploy around 1.5 million WiFi hotspots. The company has deployed Public WiFi through different use cases such as Community WiFi, Event WiFi, College WiFi and Stadium WiFi in different geographical locations within India.
Jio has done pretty well on College WiFi by connecting around 7,000 colleges thereby catering to 8 million students. Reliance Jio has connected 1,000+ locations on Community WiFi which includes both indoor and outdoor locations.

The company is planning to install WiFi in both residential and enterprise. In residential, the company is targeting 50 million homes whereas enterprise it is targeting 10,00,000 locations in 1,100 cities.

Facebook

Deployed 3,500 Express WiFi hotspots pan-India by signing with local ISPs. Partnered with Bharti Airtel to launch an additional 20,000 Hotspots.

BSNL

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has deployed 25,000 hotspots pan-India at 11,000 locations. BSNL has taken lead in WiFi thanks to its multi-pronged WiFi strategy - Public Private Partnership, Capex, USOF (Universal
Service Obligation Fund) - Rural Exchange and Pilot Project. For Public Private Partnership the company has tied up with QuadGen (South and West), Trimax (North) and GOIP (East). For Capex Model, the company has tied up with L&T for South and West Zone and HFCL for East and North Zone.

In FY2018-19, BSNL plans to deploy 43,000 hotspots pan-India through Public Private Partnership, Capex, US OF Rural Exchange Project and USOF Pilot Project.

Smart Cities

India will witness around 100 - 1,000 WiFi hotspots per cities. In 100 Smart Cities Project of Ministry of Urban Development the total number of WiFi hotspots to be deployed would be around 30,000 hotspots.

BBNL

Planning to deploy around 514,382 Wi-Fi hotspot services across 250,000 gram panchayats covered under BharatNet Project Phase I and Phase II. Presently under process.

RailTel

Provides high speed RailWire WiFi services by implementing WiFi facility through Google at 413 designated A1 and A category railway stations. With the support from Indian Railways and Universal Service Obligatory Fund
(USOF) RailTel is providing fast WiFi experience to 200 railways stations situated at remote corners of India. And provided WiFi in 98 railway stations of its own. 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)

WiFi Choupal

Plans to deploy WiFi at 7,183 gram panchayats (GPs) under the BharatNet project in 12 states - Bihar, Chandigarh, Chattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Puducherry, Uttar Pradesh
and Uttarakhand.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

While the conference agenda will get updated and finalized in the days to come, here is a snap preview:

PARTNERSHIP OPTIONS

PLATINUM PARTNER (Limited to Three)

  • Logo visibility on event website and pre-event promotional communications
  • 10 minutes speaking slot
  • Panelist representation in any one preferred panel session
  • One Tabletop space at the networking area for displaying products & solutions
  • Complimentary passes (6 full access passes for partner and its staff)
  • 2 standees (to be provided by partner)
  • 10 full access complimentary delegate pass for Business Associates / Customers
  • Logo presence on relevant on-site marcomm including Backdrop and standees
  • Logo presence in the post show report
  • Logo presence in the thank you e-mail
  • Attendee databases shared

Total investment: USD 15,000 / INR 975,000 plus taxes

GOLD PARTNER (Limited to Five)

  • Logo branding on website
  • Logo on select marketing communications
  • Panel participation in any one preferred panel session
  • One Tabletop space at the networking area for displaying products & solutions
  • Complimentary passes (4 full access passes for partner and its staff)
  • 1 standee (to be provided by partner)
  • 5 full access complimentary delegate pass for Business Associates / Customers
  • Logo presence on relevant on-site marcomm including Backdrop and standees
  • Logo presence in the post show report
  • Logo presence in the thank you e-mail
  • Attendee databases shared

Total investment: USD 10,000/ INR 650,000 plus taxes

ASSOCIATE PARTNER (Limited to Eight)

  • Logo branding on website
  • Logo on select marketing communications
  • One Tabletop space at the networking area for displaying products & solutions
  • Complimentary passes (4 full access passes for partner and its staff)
  • 5 full access complimentary delegate pass for Business Associates/ Customers
  • Logo presence on relevant on-site marcomm including Backdrop and standees
  • Logo presence in the post show report
  • Logo presence in the thank you e-mail
  • Attendee databases shared

Total investment: USD 5,000/ INR 325,000 plus taxes

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 Channel 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 Industry Report:
    Release of Report on State of WiFi in ICT Channel sector to talk about the present scenario, future opportunities, challenges with respect to Wi-Fi deployment and Wi-Fi business models prevalent in India.

AUDIENCE PROFILE

  • Solution Provider/ System Integrators
  • National Distributor/ Regional Distributors
  • Value Added Resellers
  • Large enterprises like ICT/ Technology heads of Universities, Hotels, Malls, Retail, Hospitals etc
  • Regional & National ISP’s/ MSO’s

Award Categories

  • Best WiFi Solution Provider of the Year – North
  • Best WiFi Solution Provider of the Year – South
  • Best WiFi Solution Provider of the Year – East
  • Best WiFi Solution Provider of the Year – West
  • Best WiFi Value Added Reseller of the Year – North
  • Best WiFi Value Added Reseller of the Year – South
  • Best WiFi Value Added Reseller of the Year – East
  • Best WiFi Value Added Reseller of the Year – West
  • Best WiFi Distributor of the Year – North
  • Best WiFi Distributor of the Year – South
  • Best WiFi Distributor of the Year – East
  • Best WiFi Distributor of the Year – West

Discussion Points

Achieving 10 Million Wi-Fi Hotspots by 2022
  • 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)
WiFi Hotspots: Exploring Monetization and Enhancing Customer Engagement
  • 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
Public Wi-Fi Hotspots in Urban: Opportunities and Challenges
  • 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
Wi-Fi Hotspots in Rural: Opportunities and Challenges
  • 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
E-SIM/Inflight Connectivity/ Wi-Fi on the Move: Connecting the Dots
  • 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

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