13th Convergence India '05 to facilitate biz worth $100 mn

MUMBAI: The 13th Convergence India 2005 will see telecommunication majors from across the world come together to showcase the emerging convergent technologies for new generation networks.

The conference is organised by Exhibitions India and is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India. The exhibition and conference will facilitate interaction among industry leaders, investors and government officials, and will provide the ideal forum to discuss converging technologies by stimulating new ideas and offering cost effective solutions. The two day conference begins on 22 March and will witness participation from over 300 companies from 25 countries.

Exhibitions India MD Prem Behl said, "India is experiencing unprecedented growth in the telecommunications arena. This growth is estimated to lead to an expenditure in India of over $ 50 billion over the next six years. The same growth is expected on broadband and high speed Internet. Convergence India has moulded lasting alliances, and has brought together a talented group of conceptualisers, developers, and executors - the technology specialists, industrialists, buyers, sellers and visitors to dialogue on the technologies and services of tomorrow. Convergence India has the unique distinction of becoming the platform for announcement of major business initiatives, technology transfer, agreements, joint ventures and new services. For instance, last years event witnessed the announcement of Push  to  talk technology on the Indian mobile, as well as several other technology breakthroughs and agreements."

Sponsors at the 13th Convergence India 2005 include 3Com, Alcatel, APC, BSNL, CBOSS, Cisco Systems, Continuous Computing, Corning, Digital Rapids, France Telecom, GTL, Harmonic, Huawei, Infineon, Juniper, Kodak Versamark, Loral Skynet, Lucent Technologies, Metalink, Micro Village, NetApp, Pronto Networks, Shaf, Sterlite Optical Technologies, Sun Microsystems, Tekelec, UTStarcom and Veraz networks. The exhibition will feature international and national companies displaying the latest communication technologies.

With an aim of bringing technology to business, the exhibition is incorporating exhibitors comprising carriers, telcos, broadcast, enterprise solutions, mobile communications, customer premise equipment, satellite and space technologies, storage, convergent billing, infosecurity, telecommunications equipment and broadband access technologies, etc.

Industry professionals from a wide spectrum of sectors from the central and state governments including telecommunication authorities, telecom service providers (wireline and wireless communications, VSAT, ISPs, ILD/NLD, etc.), telecommunication equipment vendors, IT software and hardware, ITES (BPOs, call centres, etc.) broadcasting, cable and satellite communications, space, media, defence forces, police and para military forces, security agencies, science and technology, transport, oil and gas, railways, steel, FMCG, other enterprises (PSUs/private sector) etc. will be present at the event.

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