Telecom minister to lead delegation at Mobile World Congress
Telecom minister to lead delegation at Mobile World Congress

Telecom minister to lead delegation at Mobile World Congress


Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha will lead a 90 member delegation at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) -2018 beginning on Monday in Barcelona, Spain.

It will be one of the largest delegations at the Mobile World Congress, where India plans to highlight its readiness for 5G services and technology leadership in terms of mobile data usage.

"We want to position ourselves not as a recipient of 5G technologies but active contributor of the 5G technology. Whether it is core network technology, all services of application ecosystem," Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said about India's participation in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018.

The Indian government has set up a high-level committee to work on 5G technology roadmap for India including participation in global standards and test facilities.
"We want to make sure that we start building in developmental used cases particularly in the field of health, agriculture etc. We should be an integral part of standards," she said.

Talking about technology leadership, she said that India now has leapfrogged from 155th position in terms of mobile data usage to the top position globally.

She said that India now houses the world's largest internet protocol based network with Reliance Jio and the largest solar-powered network deployed in the naxal-affected area.

She said that the official delegation will focus on spreading the message that digital inclusion needs to be at the heart of all product technology services solutions otherwise 5 billion people in the world are likely to be left out of the new technologies.