India Mobile Congress 2018

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India Mobile Congress 2018
GenreDigital Technologies and Telecommunication
Location(s)Aerocity, New Delhi
Organized byCOAI and DoT

India Mobile Congress 2018 (IMC) was a technology event and international conference jointly organised by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India. IMC 2018 was the second edition of the iconic India Mobile Congress event that is held annually in New Delhi, India. It was held at Aerocity, New Delhi from 25 October 2018 to 27 October 2018.[1]

The main thrust area at IMC 2018 was the potential of 5G technology and its use cases.[2] A number of companies presented their roadmaps for their readiness for deployment of 5G technology in India.[3] The India Mobile Congress 2018 was awarded as "The Knowledge Hub" at Exhibition Excellence Awards 2019 held in Expo Center, Greater Noida in March 2019.


The inauguration of IMC2018 took place on 25 October 2019, around 10am in the morning. The three-day international event was inaugurated by Manoj Sinha, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications and Minister of State for Railways. A number of important industry stakeholders, ministers and experts attended the inaugural session, such as:[4][5]

Telecom giants of India
The who's who of the Indian Digital Communications Industry stand up for the National Anthem during the inaugural session.

Indian government officials[edit]

International policy makers[edit]

  • Tram Iv Tek, Minister of Posts & Telecommunications, Cambodia
  • U Thant Sin Maung, Union Minister for Transportation & Communications, Myanmar;
  • Bounsaleumsay Khennavong, Lao PDR; and
  • H.E. Gokul Prasad Baskota, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Nepal
IMC 2018 inauguration
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications and the Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha cutting the ribbon to inaugurate IMC 2018

Industry stakeholders[edit]

The crowd of over 5000 visitors for the inaugural ceremony included policy makers, ambassadors, opinion makers, change agents, bureaucrats and investors from over 20 countries.[6]

International Conference[edit]

The high caliber three-day international conference is one of the main things that sets India Mobile Congress apart from other technology and telecom exhibitions in the region. IMC attracts the biggest and the most famous international speakers in the telecom and technology space and that makes it a popular choice for Indian and foreign delegates, including tech enthusiasts, young professionals, businessmen, industry leaders, analysts, media persons and students.[7]

IMC 2019 also saw the presence of high-level ministerial delegations from several BIMSTEC and ASEAN countries. Ministers from the European Commission, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, and Lao PDR led their respective delegations, and participated in plenary sessions that were focused on the specific needs, challenges, and opportunities applicable to member countries of these regional forums.[6]


The theme for the 2018 edition of India Mobile Congress was “New Digital Horizons – Connect. Create. Innovate.”


Sessions Sessions
The India Story (Stack 3.0) - Connect, Create, Innovate Global CEO Conclave - Power of Content
The Evolving Regulatory Landscape in the New Digital Ecosystem-Regulatory Brief Global CEO Conclave - Open Source Tech
Enabling Futuristic Networks - Reducing complexity to Redefine connectivity Pro-Innovation Regulation and Privacy- Encouraging New Digital Business Models
Digital Identity - A revolution or a threat The Emerging World of Analytics: Creating Business Solutions
Building Next-Gen Digital Infrastructure for the Masses HealthTech - Age of Cyborgs
Gadgets of Tomorrow-Connected Intelligence Value Creation through Digital Marketing
ASEAN & BIMSTEC Conclave Artificial Intelligence: Innovation, Investments, Ethics and Responsibilities
Smart Cities: - Automating the way we live Industry 4.0 : Building Factories of the Future
Enabling the IoT ecosystem - Shaping an Automated Society Future of Enterprise - Serving the Millennials
Augmented & Virtual Reality - What does the future hold? Special Plenary Session on 5G - Governament Perspective
Make From India Special Plenary Session on 5G - OEM Perspective
The Digital Natives - Transforming Technology and Content Spectrum for Next Gen Technologies
Evolving network Models - Intelligent Transport Driving Infinite Possibilities through Open Source Technology
RupeeTech ₹TECH - Is Cash still the King ? Metrics for futuristic Networks
GuruGyan - Mentoring Session for Startups Blockchaining Our Lives
Global CEO Conclave - Networks of Tomorrow Cybersecurity as a Collective Responsibility - Defining the road ahead
Global CEO Conclave - Emerging Technologies AgriTech : TechFARMERS

Top Speakers[edit]


Event partners[edit]

There were a number of high profile brands that partnered with IMC for the 2018 edition including Samsung, Huawei, Qualcomm, Tech Mahindra, Facebook, Google, and several others.[3]

Top exhibitors[edit]

Accenture Mavenir Sterlite Technologies Limited
Anritsu India Pvt Ltd Mediatek TCIL (TEPC Pavilion)
BSNL Mobiloitte Technologies India Pvt. Ltd. Tanla
Canada Pavillion NEC Technologies India Private Limited Tata Communications + Semtech
C-DOT Netcomm Labs Pvt. Ltd. UK Pavillion
Commscope Nokia UNISOC
ECI telecom Qualcomm UT Starcom
Ericsson RED HAT India Pvt. Ltd.   Vodafone Idea Limited
Facebook Reliance Jio Western Digital
Huber+Suhner Rosenberger Electronic Co.(India) Pvt. Ltd. Z-com
Huawei Technologies Samsung Zoho Corporation Pvt. Ltd.
Intel Savitri Telecom Private Limited ZTE

List of start-ups[edit]

3Embed Software Technologies Pvt Ltd Kratikal
Aarav Unmanned Systems Linearized amplifier technologies and services
Alef Mobitech Solutions Pvt. Ltd Linearixed (IIT Roorkee)
Bigfix Gadget Care Llp Lucideus
BYTEXFUSION (OPC) PRIVATE LIMITED Market Entry and Retail Consulting
Cradlewise (Chigroo Labs Pvt. Ltd. ) MAYAKRISHNA SALES PVT LTD.
GenieTalk Riva FZC (Flock) bunny is dealing
Goldbin Sensworx Systems India Private Limited
Healthol Shellios India
Heuro TestRight Nanosystems Pvt. Ltd
Indovators V-Cloakroom
Knowmadin India

Key Highlights and Announcements[edit]

A number of key announcements were made at the India Mobile Congress.

S. No. Organization / Company Announcement Relevance for India
1.a. Samsung & R Jio 5G Live Demo of the Skyship Drone Applications in public safety & surveillance, agriculture monitoring and disaster response.
1.b.. Ericsson & R Jio Demo of connected car on a 5G network Environmental quality, reduce traffic collisions and fatality rates. Driver safety and data processing and management.
2. Ericsson & Airtel Drone flying on 5G. Surveillance and logistics
Autonomous drone applications in  mission-critical applications, disaster management, emergency deliveries, medicine and remote surveillance.
3 Nokia Manufacturing of Nokia 5G NR (New Radio) Nokia’s state-of-the-art manufacturing unit in Chennai will start large scale manufacturing of 5G New Radio enabling made in India for the World.
4. Ericsson Export of 5G ready equipment from India Ericsson started exporting 5G ready telecom equipment from its manufacturing facility in Pune, to global markets. Its state-of-the-art facility will cater enabling made in India for the World
5. BSNL, Airtel, JIo, Vodafone idea One Million WiFi Hotspots across India The telecom industry will install 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots in the next 12 months. Interoperability across different WiFi networks thereby enabling smooth experience for subscribers, as he or she will be able to use the data plan taken from any TSP for all the WiFi Hotspots deployed across India. Besides offering consumer delight, this industry initiative will create additional 3 lakh jobs.

Awards and Recognition[edit]

India Mobile Congress won the award for "The Knowledge Hub" at the Exhibition Excellence Awards 2019 held at Expo Center, Greater Noida on 23 March 2019.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "India Mobile Congress 2018 Scheduled for October 25-27". NDTV Gadgets 360. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  2. ^ "IMC 2018 paints an optimistic 5G-ready future, but is India really ready for it? |". Digit. Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  3. ^ a b "India Mobile Congress 2018 kicks off October 25: 5G to be the next big thing for India". Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  4. ^ Pandey, Navadha (2018-10-25). "India Mobile Congress opens today, spotlight on 5G apps". Mint. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  5. ^ "Day One-Indian Mobile Congress 2018, IMC 2018 Began On A Grand-Scale At Aero City, New Delhi. A Report". Communications Today. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  6. ^ a b "India Mobile Congress 2018 Concludes". Smart Governance. 2018-10-27. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  7. ^ "Day One-Indian Mobile Congress 2018, IMC 2018 Began On A Grand-Scale At Aero City, New Delhi. A Report". Communications Today. Retrieved 2019-03-08.