From left to right- Dr. SP Kochhar, Director General, COAI; Anita Praveen, Additional Secretary (T), DoT, Ministry of Communications, Government of India; Anshu Prakash, Chairman, DCC and Secretary (T), DoT, Ministry of Communications, Government of India; Ajai Puri, Chairman COAI, COO, Bharti Airtel and P Ramakrishna, CEO, India Mobile Congress, Principal Advisor at COAI

Minister of state for communications, education and electronics & information technology, Sanjay Dhotre has announced the fourth edition of the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2020, scheduled to be held virtually from December 08, 2020 to December 10, 2020.

IMC 2020 has been jointly organised by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and will see participation from over 50 countries, over 110 global speakers and various start-ups. Further, the event will offer over 30 hours of content and expects around 15,000 visitors.

This year IMC’s theme is going to be – “Inclusive Innovation – Smart | Secure | Sustainable”.  IMC 2020 would aim to align to the Prime Minister’s vision to promote Atmanirbhar Bharat (Make In India- local manufacturing and to push for Make for World), foster international regional cooperation, to inspire Satat Bharat- Sanatan Bharat (Digital inclusive in connecting nearly 600,000 villages with optical fibre and sustainable development), to promote Samagra Bharat- Saksham Bharat (entrepreneurship & innovation), drive foreign and local investments, encourage R&D in the telecom and emerging technology sectors and to facilitate supportive regulatory & policy frameworks.

Speaking at the curtain raiser, Sanjay Dhotre, said, “We firmly believe that the India Mobile Congress 2020 will be a key showcase for technology driven initiatives as it brings together all stakeholders in the Telecommunications ecosystem and provides the right forum for valuable discourse on key topics relevant to policymakers, regulators and the industry. India Mobile Congress is one such platform, where the efforts of the Indian Government and the Telecom Industry are given an apt showcase to not just our nation, but to the world at large.”

Meanwhile, Dr SP Kochhar, director general, COAI said, “We are thankful to our Hon’ble Minister of State, Shri Sanjay Dhotre,for his immense support and guidance in successfully reaching the Fourth year of this grand event. We are also grateful to the Government of India for the huge effort put into this and for providing a facilitative environment to the entire industry. With all this help, India Mobile Congress has established itself as the biggest technology event in South Asia and the biggest networking event in India in the digital technology space. We are sure that all stakeholders will look forward to this platform for launches and releases of new technologies. Officials and senior decision makers from both the Government as well as the industry will be present and tech companies will be displaying the best that this ecosystem has to offer at this marquee event of the country.”