Building a Digital India

All eyes are on India as new public and private financing of cable distribution platforms and a move towards more rationalization for fast growing DTH networks sets the stage for the next cycle of development for India’s digital pay-TV marketplace. A new government minister has prioritized digitization as a key goal while the telecoms regulator continues to struggle with critical issues of retail and wholesale pricing and licensing. The fifth annual India Digital Networks Summit, organised by Indian Television Dot Com and Media Partners Asia, focuses on the key policy issues, industry trends and business models that will drive industry dynamics after 2010. Join to see who will win the digital race!



09:20 - 09:50 Welcome & Market Overview, Media Partners Asia
09:50 - 10:10 Zohra Chatterji, Joint Secretary, I & B, Government of India
10:10 - 10:30 Dr. J.S. Sarma, Chairman, TRAI
10:30 - 10:50 Brahmal Vasudevan, Managing Director, Chrys Capital
10:50 - 11:10 Q&A
Key Themes
The MIB and TRAI hold the keys to India's digital broadcasting future with greater clarity expected for future norms for licensing, pricing, timelines and investment for pay-TV distribution.
11:10 - 11:30 Tea & Coffee
DTH, Managing Growth and Consolidation
11:00 - 12:30

Ajai Puri, Director & CEO, Airtel DTH

Tony D'silva, CEO, Sun Direct TV

Vikram Kaushik, CEO, Tata Sky

Sue Taylor, SVP, NDS Asia-Pacific

Key Themes
DTH pay-TV penetration surpassed 15 million homes in Q2 2009. How deep and wide can platforms go without sacrificing ARPU and losing profit visibility? What kind of functionality, content and VAS do platforms have to build in order to drive ARPU growth but without sacrificing cost rationale? How effectively can platforms use set top box data and digital software to get closer to their customers, build better brands, and start generating revenues from advertising and interactive revenues?
12:30 - 13:50 Lunch
Cable, Making Moves Inward
13:50 - 15:00

JS Kohli, CEO, Digicable

Ravi Mansukhani, CEO, Incable

Ashok Mansukhani, President, MSO Alliance

Sunder Raju, MD, Atria Convergence Technologies

Noel Matthews, VP, Business Development, TANDBERG Television

EVS Chakravarthy, CEO, You Telecom India

Key Themes
Cable is facing more competition but some digital barriers are eroding as company raise new capital to fund future upgrades, M&A and growth. What are the prospects for the MSO business with LCO partnership and LCO acquisition? Where does broadband make sense and how can companies obtain returns from DTV within reasonable time frames? How costly has the deep consolidation strategy become? How can cable companies build and monetize local channels within an effective time frame?
15:00 - 15:20 Tea & Coffee
The Distributors World
15:20 - 16:00

Gurjeev Singh, CEO, Star Den

Sanjev Hiremath, SVP Network Development, Viacom 18

Dilip Sharan, SVP (Cable Sales), Zee Turner

Rahul Sood, Head, Network Distribution & Affiliate Sales,NDTV

Key Themes
Distributors are caught in the cross fire of the distribution hurricane. What are the ground realities of their business and how can they reshape the pay-TV industry’s future? How will digitization provide the answer and how will distribution bouquets and the related business evolve once there is a digital critical mass? In the meantime, how will the balance between carriage and affiliate growth be met?
Next Generation Broadband TV, Hype and Reality
16:00 - 16:50

Puneet Garg, GM, IPTV, Bharti Airtel

Rajesh Khurana, Country Manager, India & SAARC, Seagate Technology

Sujata Dev, CEO, Time Broadband

Key Themes
Broadband penetration is growing slowly but surely across India but networks speeds and content acquisition remain key barriers to build a mass profitable IPTV proposition? Can telcos and IPTV companies take big bets on infrastructure and content? Is it a
premium niche service or one with mass intent??
16:50 - 17:00 Closing Remarks