10 per cent growth in Indian participation at CommunicAsia

MUMBAI: CommunicAsia, the business event for the infocomm industry, is returning to Singapore from 21 - 24 June.

The event will mark the island-state as the city of choice for operators, distributors, service providers and equipment manufacturers from all over the world to network and do business.

There will be a 10 per cent growth in Indian participation underlining CommunicAsia?s industry relevance. For the first time this year, Bharti Airtel and Tata Communications will be present at CommunicAsia2011, joining individual Indian exhibitors such as Matrix Comsec, Microqual Techno, S.M. Creative Technologies, Shilpi Cable Technologies, Shyam Telecom, Su-Kam Power Systems and VNL.
India to spearhead Asian ICT growth: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) investment in India is forecast to reach $71.9 Billion in 2011, a 10.3 per cent increase from $65.23 billion in 2010, according to Gartner. The hardware segment is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.4 per cent through 2014, while the IT
services segment showed the strongest annual revenue growth at 22 per cent in 2010.

The country?s telecom industry has been witnessing significant growth across all segments with preliminary rollout of new technologies like third-generation (3G) and broadband wireless access (BWA). An increased focus on value added services (VAS) is expecting the market to generate over Rs 550 billion (PWC 2011 report). Double-digit growth across all sub segments of the ICT space will spurfurther progression in 2011.

With India poised to spearhead ICT growth in Asia alongside China, it has become imperative for Indian infocomm companies to explore business opportunities beyond native boundaries. 
The Telecom Equipment and Services Export Promotion Council (TEPC) is returning for its second consecutive participation to lead a pavilion of about 10 exhibitors, who will be prepared to feature their best technology and services in the sector, and pursue opportunities to grow their business footprint outside of India.

The TEPC group exhibitors are Aksh Technologies, Coral Telecom, Finolex, Magnaquest Technologies, NEXGE Technology, PragatiElectrocom,Prayaag Technologies, Realtime Systems, Space Telelink and Toshniwal Enterprises Controls.

Shilpi C. Technologies GM (International marketing) Rakesh Sheoran said, ?Our participation in CommunicAsia over the past few years has helped us immensely; we gained new clients and valuable resources from across Southeast Asia. Exhibiting at the event has not only boosted our brand building efforts, but also enabled us to keep up to date with morphing trends surrounding Asia?s competitive ICT landscape. This year, we are looking forward to aggressively plot newer initiatives through business wins and partnerships at the event.?

Singapore Exhibition Services (SES) CEO Stephen Tan added,
?CommunicAsia2011 serves as the premier launch pad for Indian companies to acquaint their indigenous capabilities, technology and solutions to the buoyant Asian markets and afar. The event will allow Indian attendees to meet and interact with the global industry professionals, and gain vital knowledge through interactive discussions with industry experts.?

A global perspective for the local industries: Tan notes that there is no other combination of events worldwide, where the broadcasting, digital media and ICT industries come together in one event during the same week. CommunicAsia and BroadcastAsia is organised with a global perspective, yet simultaneously addresses the needs of local industries.

CommunicAsia2011 and BroadcastAsia2011 will be hosted at the Marina Bay Sands and Suntec Singapore respectively.

?Event attendees will get to immerse themselves into a variety of purpose-built conference, seminar and hospitality suite facilities available at the new downtown venues, enabling even more high-level networking and knowledge-sharing
opportunities between business and industry professionals, and attending government officials from across the globe,? said Tan.

About 2,000 multinational and small and medium sized companies from around the world will be exhibiting at BroadcastAsia2011 and CommunicAsia2011. The event expects to receive more than 55,000 international attendees.

Highlights of CommunicAsia2011: Themed ?Shaping Vision, Creating Reality,? CommunicAsia2011 will feature breakthrough developments that push satellite technology boundaries, as well as a sneak peek into the latest market-ready devices and solutions and dynamic new industry deals set to change the pace of ICT communications in Asia and worldwide.

Top returning exhibitors include ABS, BlackBerry, Eutelsat,Irdeto, Falcon Interactive, Fluke Networks, Huawei, Inmarsat,Intelsat, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, PCCW Global, SkyPerfect JSAT,SES WORLD SKIES, Tektronix, THAICOM and ZTE Corporation; new participants such as AsiaSat, Conax, 3M Touch Systems, National Instruments, Vislink, Visual Ads, Vu Telepresence and many more.

This year, special Techzones are added to the exhibition. The
Techzones will present cutting-edge products, technologies and solutions for OEM/ ODM in Action, ?Fibre? for the NextGen Services, NextGen Services and Applications.

Visitors will get to experience a more efficient, specialised layout as they traverse the exhibition show floors.

In conjunction with CommunicAsia2011, EnterpriseIT2011 will comprise two Techzones ? Sustainable ICT and Cloud Computing ? to showcase key and emerging enterprise solutions.

24 group pavilions, including representation from Australia,Bangladesh, Brunei, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, India,Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Malaysia, Norway, Philippines, Singapore,Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and USA, will display a strong presence on the exhibitionshow floors.

Opportunity to engage in knowledge exchange and gather expert insights: The CommunicAsia2011 Summit provides an avenue for professionals to gain knowledge and engage with international business and industry experts. The conference will launch distinctly titled tracks and workshops that uncover the most compelling issues and challenges in the ICT industry, such as broadband driven trends, cloud computing,mobile value added services, network security and satellite communications.

Nokia?s executive VP of sales Colin Giles will deliver the visionary address, titled ?Vision for the mobile industry?.

Conference delegates will have the exclusive opportunity to listen to his opinion on the topic, and gather invaluable insights on future trends and challenges that lie ahead for the enterprise and consumer markets.

Other speakers at the CommunicAsia2011 Summit include: Department of Telecom, Government of India Senior Deputy Director General of Telecommunication Engineering Centre Narendra Kumar Srivastava; Shyam Networks senior VP product management Mats Nilson; VNL founder, chairman and CEO Rajiv Mehrotra; CSL CEO Joseph O?Konek; Dialog Mobile CEO Supun Weerasinghe and SingTel CEO Allen Lew.

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