Broadband India Forum held its Fourth International Annual Satcom Summit ‘India SatCom-2018’, in New Delhi. The event was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Telecom Secretary and Chairman, Digital Communications Commission, Govt. of India. Senior officials from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) also graced the occasion. The event was attended by other leading Industry experts from India and abroad and other members of Satcom and Broadband fraternity
The Summit delved on various issues including the sector’s efforts to deliver connectivity and Broadband to the remote and difficult to access parts of the country, satellite mobility, inflight connectivity, new technologies and innovations, etc. The Event was attended by senior Government dignitaries from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), ISRO, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), C-DOT, BSNL and other leading Government and Private Technology stakeholders.
In her address, Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Telecom Secretary and Chairman, Telecom Commission, Govt of India said, “The National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018 seeks to enable the vision of Digital India and realizes the importance of Satcom sector in achieving the Digital dream. Satcom is expected to play an active role in providing high speed broadband access and affordable digital connectivity to the unserved and underserved. The Government is committed to un-locking the potential of the Satcom to provide affordable and accessible broadband everywhere by connecting the unserved and the underserved and thereby help bridge the digital divide.”
Ms. Sundararajan expressed happiness that India’s digital ecosystem was moving into a higher orbit and acceleration and said that this was validated by key indicators such as an exponential growth in data consumption. More importantly this data growth, she said, was being driven by people using data for the very first time, most of who came from India’s rural hinterland. Indians, she said, are now well and truly part of the digital age, both as consumers and creators.