India Mobile Congress

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India Mobile Congress
India Mobile Congress Company Logo.png
GenreDigital Technologies and Telecommunication
Location(s)Aerocity, New Delhi
Inaugurated2017; 4 years ago (2017)
Attendance65,000 (2018)
Organized byCOAI and DoT

The India Mobile Congress (IMC) is the largest digital technologies forum in India and South Asia,[1] consisting of a three-day international conference and a technology exhibition. The event is envisioned to be the "leading platform for India's start-up and technology ecosystem."[2] Within the telecommunications and technology industry, IMC is already known as the "largest digital technology forum in South Asia."[3] The mega-event is organised jointly by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Government of India.[4] The forum aims to be a platform for industry, businesses, regulators and policy makers to discuss and deliberate on critical issues affecting the growth and proliferation of the telecom and technology sector.[5] In the first two editions, IMC was focused on the transformative technology of 5G and most of the booths showcased various use-cases and scenarios where 5G would play an important role; the exhibitors included service providers, OEMs and infrastructure providers.[6]


India Mobile Congress is jointly organized by the Cellular Operators Association of India and the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India.

Cellular Operators Association of India[edit]

Cellular Operators Association of India is a registered, non-governmental society, constituted in 1995 for the advancement of modern communication and successful proliferation of mobile networks throughout India. COAI is now the official voice of the India telecom industry and aims to present an industry consensus to the Government on crucial issues related to the Indian telecom industry.[7]

Department of Telecommunications[edit]

Department of Telecommunications is a department of the Ministry of Communications, Government of India. The department was formed to ensure reliable, affordable and high-quality telecommunications services in the country that could facilitate accelerated and inclusive socio-economic development.[8]

Past Events[edit]

So far, two editions of India Mobile Congress have taken place. Starting in 2017, IMC is held annually and has taken place in the month of September in 2017 and October in 2018. India Mobile Congress 2019 will be held from 14 October 2019 to 16 October 2019.

India Mobile Congress 2017[edit]

India Mobile Congress 2017 was held from 27 September 2017 to 29 September 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. This was the first edition of the globally recognized event and saw the participation of 2000 delegates, 32000 visitors, 152 speakers, 100 start-ups and 100 exhibitors.[9] IMC 2017 was inaugurated by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications, Manoj Sinha.[10] Some of the notable speakers at the event were:[10]

India Mobile Congress 2017 was dubbed "the country’s first and biggest ever, platform to bring together all stakeholders from Telecom, Internet & Mobility ecosystem along with Information and Communication Technology players, app developers, innovators and start-ups."[11] Exhibitors included Telecom Service Providers (TSPs), handset manufacturers, Internet giants, ISPs, Global technology players, AI & VR companies, Mobility leaders, Academia, Start-ups and app providers.[11]

India Mobile Congress 2018[edit]

More at: India Mobile Congress 2018

India Mobile Congress 2018 was held on 25 October 2018 through 27 October 2018 at Aerocity, New Delhi. The event was kick-started with a grand inauguration ceremony, led by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications, Manoj Sinha. The keynote address was delivered by Youngky Kim, President and Head of Networks Business at Samsung Electronics.[12] The theme for the 2018 edition was "New Digital Horizons Connect, Create, Innovate".[13]

The event venue was spread over 50,000 square meters of space and participants included:[14]

  • 50,000+ visitors
  • 20 countries
  • 5000+ international delegates
  • 300 companies showcasing their latest products and innovations
  • 10 supporting ministries

Related Pages[edit]


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  6. ^ "IMC 2018 paints an optimistic 5G-ready future, but is India really ready for it? |". Digit. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  7. ^ "About Us | Cellular Operators Association of India". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  8. ^ "Vision & Mission | Department of Telecommunications | Ministry of Communication | Government of India". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  9. ^ "3-day India Mobile Congress 2018 Concludes". Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  10. ^ a b Dhoot, Vikas (2017-09-27). "Who said what at the India Mobile Congress". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  11. ^ a b Bureau, BW Online. "India Mobile Congress: South Asia's Largest Mobile Exhibition Launched". BW Businessworld. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  12. ^ Arora, Hitesh (2018-10-26). "IMC 2018 Day 1 Highlights: 5G for India by 2020, new Realme phone coming, Samsung 5G trial and more". BGR India. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  13. ^ "India Mobile Congress 2018 Day 1 highlights: India's road to 5G development discussed- Technology News, Firstpost". Tech2. 2018-10-25. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  14. ^ ""3-day India Mobile Congress 2018 concludes; showcasing the latest and the best in digital communications technologies, products, services, and applications; and establishing the future horizons for the digital communications sector in the country": Manoj". Indian Television Dot Com. 2018-10-27. Retrieved 2019-03-06.