The Ministry of Communications inaugurated the curtain raiser for India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2023. The seventh edition of IMC, co-hosted by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) will be held from October 27-29, 2023 in New Delhi.

With the theme of ‘Global Digital Innovation’, IMC is an ideal meeting point and showcase for industry, government, academics and other key stakeholders in the technology ecosystem. The prestigious IMC 2023 event will witness around 100,000+ participants, 5,000+ CXO-level delegates, 350+ speakers, and 400+ exhibitors.

Since its inception in 2017, IMC has promoted India’s positioning and serves as a key forum for global thought leaders to design the next wave of digital innovation, with India leading the charge. Last year, IMC received an overwhelming response from the industry with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching 5G in India.

This year, the key programs will put spotlight on 6G, advancements in 5G networks, the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in telecommunications and other domains, edge computing, industry 4.0, and the emergence of India stack. IMC 2023 would also widen to related technology domains such as broadcast, satcom, manufacturing, semiconductors through partnerships with various associations such as Elecina, India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), Indian Space Association (ISpA), DFI, and others. IMC 2023 also planned to introduce several business to government (B2G) and business to business (B2B) forums and industry round tables, big university and student engagement, and global buyer forums.

COAI Chairman P.K. Mittal welcomed the gathering on this occasion and assured that this year Asia’s largest telecom event would be a significant milestone for India’s rapidly advancing tech industry.

During his address at the curtain raiser event, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology and Railways, said, “The IMC has emerged as the major technology event in the country. Last year Hon’ble PM launched 5G and India has emerged as the country with the fastest 5G rollout. There are almost 275,000 base transceiver stations (BTSs) radiating 5G in a short period of time. We want to position India as a technology developer, telecom manufacturer and exporter. The theme for IMC2023 is global digital innovation and many more industries will be associated with IMC including drone, satcom, mobile manufacturing, cybersecurity startups etc. IMC will explore having 5 international partner countries and will have consultation with ministry of external affairs. We all should work towards positioning India as a technology powerhouse and IMC can play a major role in this vision.”

Meanwhile, Devusinh Chauhan,Union Minister of State for Communications, said, “Telecom industry in India has transformed a lot over the last few years and IMC also has made its mark in the World and Asia as a premier technology event. The nation has grown in various aspects on telecom front including Atmanirbhar Bharat, 5G rollout, and roadmap for 6G. This year at IMC we expect the use cases should come that will be useful in agriculture, education, logistics, transportation, etc to showcase how 5G is transforming the country.”

Further, V. L. Kantha Rao, additional secretary, DoT, said, “IMC is a prestigious event for the industry and government. A lot of work has happened between the last IMC and till now in the last one year. This year we are expecting lot of international footfalls and trying to involve other related industries as well. This year, we are trying to give a lot of importance to what our country is doing on the 5G front including the use cases and also will ensure larger involvement of different states and ministries. Last year at IMC, PM launched the 5G revolution, I am sure this time in October, country is set for another revolution at IMC 2023.”

The India Mobile Congress 2023, will signify the vision of the government to promote India’s pivotal role in the digital revolution impacting every sector globally. This includes pioneering breakthroughs in 5G, 6G, broadcasting, satellite, semiconductor, drone, devices, and green technologies.

Moreover, this year IMC is introducing Aspire, the grand start-up event that will place significant emphasis on igniting the future of entrepreneurship growth among young innovators and industry delegates in the telecom and other digital domains. The primary objective of Aspire will revolve around delivering an unparalleled experience, incorporating various sections such as an investor zone, pitching zone, workshop zone, and networking zone.