Investors, entrepreneurs, inventors, early adopters and evangelists want to be a part of every best thing, and much of that is coming from India. Indians are known to buck the trend and be cool. From childhood up, kids in India do not want to emulate someone like Taylor Swift although they love to dance to her music. They want to be like Sabeer Bhatia, Hotmail founder. My objective in sharing the following info is to encourage world travel from where you are...to New Delhi...and then to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and then wherever you want to next during January 2016. The DIDX team recommends readers, of course, to participate in ITEXPO East, scheduled for January 26 - 28 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, but I and the world's most dedicated and popular telecom related conference media partner DIDX also recommend India Convergence. It is set in New Delhi, India, a city of colorful, high-tech and beautiful culural sights, sounds, and tastes from January 20 - 22, 2016. So, be sure to schedule your flight to India Convergence in New Delhi and back to the warmth and relaxation of Ft. Lauderdale for two weeks of mixing with the lucrative landscape of the Indian Information and Communication environment and then, surround yourself with the movers and shakers who are dedicated to communications solutions for the enterprise mid-market, resellers and service providers.
Facts suggest why India Convergence is an event, a gathering of so many bright innovators and service providers. According to TRAI’s monthly telecom subscription report, there are more than 996.66 million unique mobile subscribers now in India. Just in the month of September 2016, it gained 8.49 million new subscribers. Reliance Jio began consideration to acquire a VoIP licence in mid 2015. At the end of October 2015, Indian Angel Network (IAN) shelled out an undisclosed investment in UK-based VoIP service provider Aznog (formerly known as CalLiberate). During the same time period, Infosys announced it would spend $70 million to purchase an information management consultancy that can bring next-generation data analytics to oil and gas clients. In early October 2015, Sistema Shyam Teleservices announced it would launch a set of Internet calling plans. The move would make it the first telecom operator to conspicuously bypass traditional partnerships by encouraging subscribers to make and/or receive national and international long-distance calls using any OTT (over the top) voice services app such as FaceTime, Google Chat, Messenger, Nimbuzz, Skype, Tringme, Viber, Virtual Phone Line, WhatsApp and others. Sistema Shyam Teleservices is Russia's Sistema JSFC Indian unit.
Bharti Airtel Ltd's chairman Sunil Mittal recently noted that the company is open to acquiring assets and spectrum. He said that Mukesh Ambani with the start of his Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (mentioned earlier) $15 billion fourth-gen wireless services would shake up India's telecommunications industry. On the other hand, Vodafone India Ltd plans to merge four of its operating businesses ahead of a share listing as an IPO soon.
Messaging and VOIP application maker Nimbuzz plans to hire 100 engineers which will practically double personnel within a year. The Gurgaon-based cmopany plans to tap into new business revenues in the WiFi and advertising spaces. Vikas Saxena is its CEO. (I've mentioned Nimbuzz several times on Monetizing IP communications blog.)
Mobile, wireless, VoIP, OTT, Internet of Things and telecommunications, in general, are poised to be the springboard for exciting new business and for the growth of industry giants and up-and-coming players. Don't miss India Convergence January 20 - 22, 2016. Be sure to set up flight plans to include ITEXPO East scheduled January 26 - 28, 2016. I'll be at both, gathering information about these players' opportunities as well as yours and sharing it to promote the business development needed. Just meet me at both!