Capacity India & SAARC: Agenda
Capacity India and SAARC 2019
12-13 February 2019 | India New Delhi
Registration & Welcome Coffee
Welcome to New Delhi
Coffee & Networking
Consolidation and Consumption: Trends and Forecasts for Telecoms in India & SAARC
Led by global carriers, this discussion will address the impact of M&A on the telecoms landscape, consumer demand for data and quality of service, the new players, products and services emerging, as well as the latest developments in voice and data services and where growth will come from in the India & SAARC region.
• How is the India & SAARC region anticipated to develop in the next 5 years and how will change be implemented?
• What are the key challenges for growth in the region?
• How are carriers preparing for increased bandwidth demand?
• How does this demand affect trading in voice and data?
• How can margins on voice services be increased?
• What is the impact of mergers and acquisitions in the market and who is stepping into the breach now?
• How are networks preparing for 5G and IoT?
• How is India leveraging international partnerships to drive the Digital India initiative forwards?
• How are concerns about cyber security being integrated into investment projects to raise awareness and help change behaviour?
Preparing Networks and People for a Digital India
With the mobile gaming and video streaming industry booming, there is a necessity for telecoms service providers to update and enhance their infrastructure, to ensure high quantity, high quality delivery and customer satisfaction. Ethical practices in digitisation are also essential, in an environment where technology is developing as fast as the population is growing. In this session, OTTs, Cloud service providers, ISPs and CDNs will explore:
• What innovations have been proposed to ensure product and service offerings measure up to the high expectations of the new generation?
• What initiatives are in place to progress the Digital India program, improve trust in digital platforms such as State of Aadhaar, facilitate demonetisation and empower women to use smartphones?
• How do you balance risk and reward in terms of long term planning for hosting and distributing content, amidst the buzz of launching and monetising a new app proposition?
• How are security measures implemented in this space?
• How do networks prepare for an unprecedented demand surge, for example when a game goes viral?
• Following July 2018’s adoption of net neutrality by the Telecom Regulatory Association of India, what lessons can be learned by the international telecoms community about implementing net neutrality and what impact does this have on gaming or streaming?
From Asia to Africa
New Age Sub-Sea Networks, Building Scale to Match your Growing Business Needs
In a world where your business is largely driven by content and data, Sub-Sea Cable Networks form the backbone, helping your business expand and grow. Today there are a lot of new and innovative investments and developments in Sub-Sea Cables and this is helping Telcos maximize their business potential.
Afternoon Tea Break
Moving Messaging Forwards
The evolution of messaging from SMS to omni-channel messaging is an exciting development in the messaging ecosystem. This session will explore future developments in technology and functionality for enterprise messaging.
• What messaging channels are being used?
• How can diversified messaging services strengthen quality of service?
• How can we get consumers more engaged in using messaging?
• Which sectors are developing most in terms of A2P messaging and how are operators adapting to this demand?
• What are the opportunities in transactional messaging compared to promotional messaging?
• How are AI and chatbots impacting the development of messaging?
• Is there an awareness of the potential of RCS in India and if so, how is this progressing?
Opportunities for Interconnection in India & Beyond
With over 5 IXPs established across India and many more in the SAARC region, there are plenty of opportunities and choices in interconnection for local and international ISPs, CDNs and Interconnection Service Providers. This session will explore the internet ecosystem for content peering and questions such as:
• How do providers share traffic across different networks?
• What do ISPs look for in an interconnection opportunity?
• Is there a need for local ISPs providing niche local content to establish PoPs with international IXPs and if so, why?
• How variable is latency between operators interconnecting with IXs and how can this be improved?
• Are there any instances of de-peering and how has this affected the ecosystem?
• How does CDN peering stand to affect interconnection for ISPs in India?
Registration & Welcome Coffee
Chair's Opening Remarks
Opening Presentation: Digital Innovation as an Economic Foundation
Digitisation has become a cornerstone of economic strategy for nations across the region, with India standing as a key example.
- What does it mean to evolve as a digital economy?
- What is the direct economic impact?
- Where are the key case studies?
- And what investment, technology and education is required to enable this?
India & SAARC Data Center and Cloud Leaders Roundtable
Enabling the Digital Economy – Infrastructure Investment and Development Requirements
Digital society is high on the agenda across the globe as government and industry increasingly collaborate to bring advanced digital services to both industrial and commercial services. Underpinning this is a requirement for investment in key infrastructure.
- What are the key digitisation efforts that can be identified?
- What infrastructure investment is required to support these?
- Are public and corporate funds working effectively to support these?
- Is the infrastructure in place to support development and if not, where are the key bottlenecks?
- What investment in data center, cloud, connectivity and edge infrastructure is needed?
- How can service providers best support enterprise digitisation strategies?
Panel Discussion: The Impact of Edge on Data Center and Cloud Services
Edge infrastructure is highlighted as the great enabler of data intensive, latency and availability critical services at compute requirements at the extremes of the network, such mobile computing and IoT. From the cloud through micro data centers and tower infrastructure, networks, to the very extremes of distributed devices, applications and nodes – edge will have an impact at each stage IT infrastructure value chain.
- What is the impact on incumbent players?
- Where are the new opportunities?
- Can we identify the applications for edge infrastructure?
Connectivity Requirements to Enable the Digital Ecosystem
Connectivity sits at the heart of the digital economy.
- How will operators bring free transit to the region through Fibre and Peering?
- What are growth plans for connectivity, local and offshore hosting, and subsea connectivity?
- How will innovative Fibre and Satellite Broadband solutions succeed?
Panel Discussion: Data Center Design, Construction and Operation Challenges
The drive for digital continues to see exponential need for compute capacity and as industry and policy see further metropolitan and regional IT hubs develop, the infrastructure to support this must develop in parallel.
- What is the impact of increased demand on existing data center infrastructure?
- How can the industry coordinate with the grid to ensure a sustainable, long-term strategy for the sector?
- Is the supply-chain in place to support data center expansion?
- What is the impact of emerging technologies, such as IoT, AI and edge services on data center operations?
Understanding Enterprise Cloud & Data Center Service Sourcing Priorities
Digital business initiatives are increasingly driving a cloud-first policy to ensure reliable, innovative and cost effective solutions for business operations. Our panel explores the enterprise digital journey is evolving, the infrastructure models adopted and what impact emerging technologies will have on enterprise IT infrastructure and cloud deployments.