a volatile world of communication technologies, the 10th Convergence
India 2002 international conference is set to chart a course
for the industry as it turns the spotlight on 'Next Generation
Convergent Communications'. The conference will be held between
6th and 8th March 2002, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Pramod
Mahajan, the Hon'ble Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Communications
and Information Technology will inaugurate the event.
The event will feature an exposition that will showcase futuristic
telecom and network infrastructure and a conference which
will offer innovative keynotes and practical guidance from
speakers of outstanding caliber and international repute.
The conference will be held concurrent to the exhibition.
It is designed to be an integral part of the exhibition and
aims at providing a forum to experts and delegates from a
vast cross-section of the industry to share their views, interact
and explore the new opportunities arising as a result of technological
Global leaders in the field of telecommunications, IT, space
communications, broadcast & media will congregate at the
forum to share their views on emerging trends, technologies,
and services. The conference will feature discourses from
experts, paper-presentations, informative seminars, and innovative
The conference speakers and tracks
conference will commence with a panel discussion presided
by MS Verma, Chairperson TRAI. The stellar speakers on the
panel include Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, Chairman & CEO, Qualcomm
Inc., USA, Dr. Rolf Bergmann, Vice President, Andrew Corporation
and Ramu V. Potarazu, President & COO, Intelsat Global
Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs will be the keynote speaker at the first
session of the Convergence India 2002 conference on March
6, 2002. He will speak on the revolutionary CDMA (Code-Division
Multiple Access) technology. This conference session on CDMA
v/s GSM will be chaired by RRN. Prasad, Member TRAI, who is
a member of the Telecom Commission and Ex-officio Secretary
to the Government of India.
Punit Goenka, Group President & CEO, ASC Enterprises Ltd.
will speak at the afternoon session of the conference that
focuses on satellite communications. Another distinguished
speaker at the session is KS Mohanavelu, VP-TRO, ASC Enterprises
Ltd., who will discuss the emerging trends in access to orbit-spectrum
Paul Tuvey, Director, Inmarsat will voice his views on the
proliferation of new technologies.
Deepak Mathur, General Manager, South Asia, Americom Asia
Pacific, will also share his views on emerging trends in satellite
communications, along with David Robson, Marketing & Sales
The second track on the first day will feature an interesting
workshop on VoIP with Irfan Ali, Chairman & CEO, CommsWorks,
Dr. Yoram Stettiner, VP Advanced technologies, AudioCodes,
will address the august gathering of technology-experts. He
has over 20 years experience in DSP (Digital Signal Pocessing)
research and engineering. His research experience has emphasis
on algorithms for speech processing and high speed data modems,
and in telephony over packet networks. Tong Mun Loo, Senior
Vice President, Pacific Century Matrix, will also speak at
second day of the conference will commence with an informative
session on broadband Internet. The Corporate Vice President
of Motorola Inc., Matthew J. Aden, will deliver the keynote
Zeenext's CEO, Dev P. Naganand, will join Matthew Aden in
this session. Naganand heads all access businesses of Zee
Network Group companies including Siticable Network Limited,
E-connect India Limited, and Zee Interactive Multimedia Limited.
Sharad Srivastava, Country Manager-India, Seagate Distribution
Singapore Ltd. and Guenter Kring, CEO, Pacific Century Matrix
(HK) Ltd., will also speak at the conference along with Suresh
Vaswani, President, Wipro Infotech Group, Ashok Juneja, CEO,
Bharti Broadband Networks Ltd. and Rajesh Kheny, MD-Asia Pacific
Marketing & Sales, Tyco Telecommunications.
A workshop on VSATs will be conducted which will interest
all in the telecom sector. Transmitting information to and
from remote sites is possible with VSATs (Very Small Aperture
Terminal) which operate where other communications options
may not be available or cost-effective. VSATs are a well-established
telecom solution, with more than 500,000 terminals installed
in more than 120 countries. Girt Simons, President, Newtec
Asia Pacific will be speaking at the session.
last day of the Convergence India conference will invite discussions
on 'New Developments in Wireless' with emphasis on 3G. David
Potts, Director- Worldwide (OMAP), Texas Instruments, will
deliver the keynote at the session. Dr. Rolf Bergmann, Vice
President, Andrew Corporation, will chair the session and
share his opinion on the new trends and technologies.
Another speaker at the session is Jay Andersen, Director of
3G Market Development for Motorola's Asia Pacific Global Telecom
Solutions Sector that is headquartered in Hong Kong. Juha
Seppa, Director-Solutions & Applications, Nokia, will
also be expressing his views on the subject along with Thomas
Bachman, Technology Marketing Manager, Andrew Corporation.
The concluding session of the conference bears the theme,
'Access Technologies for Connectivity in Networks' and will
be chaired by Matthew J. Aden of Motorola.
Other distinguished speakers at the session are Baksheesh
S.Ghuman, VP & MD, South-east Asia operations, LightPointe,
who will speak on free space optics, and Kuldip Johal, Strategic
Business Development Manager, Pace Micro Technology. Johal
will define a roadmap for Pace's cable home gateways, which
is accomplished by working with operators, standardization
bodies and industry groups.
Other speakers at the conference include Peretz Meron, Co-founder,
Scopus Network Technologies, R.N.Kumar, Additional Member
Telecom, Ministry of Railways, S.K.Bansal, Advisor-Telecom,
Gas Authority of India Ltd. and Dr.Kailash S.Choudhari, Managing
Director, Aksh Optifibre Limited.
Infrastructure and technologies at the exhibition
The development, convergence and deployment of information
and communications technologies have the potential to positively
impact every aspect of human activity in the 21st century.
The 10th Convergence India 2002 event aims to pave the way
for the confluence of policy and technology in order to enhance
the overall profitability of the telecom sector. The exhibition
will draw participation from several sectors including high-speed
networking, Internet telephony, mobile and satellite communications,
portable communications devices, network infrastructure, and
interactive media. Technologies like broadband and wireless
access, optical access networking, 3G, m-commerce, multimedia
broadband services via satellite and ASP, conditional access
technologies, satellite receivers and transmitters, set-top
boxes, encoders and the latest in broadcast, cable and satellite
equipment will feature at the show. The event will feature
the best and the widest range of electronic media technology
for the Indian sub-continent.
Country and companies at pavillion
Special attraction at the exhibition will be the country pavilions
of China, France and USA bringing together best players to
display their latest technology offerings. Several international
companies want to make a foray into India's telecommunication
sector, which is recognized as a large and lucrative market.
These companies will bring in new technologies that have proven
their merit in other international markets.
Some of them are as follows:
Andrew Corporation - A global supplier of communications systems
equipment and services, focuses on markets like wireless communications,
broadcast, and common carriers. The company's state of the
art technological products include the latest SelectAmp CDMA
800 which enhances the 800 MHz cellular CDMA network communications
and provides selective tuning of an individual channel, while
screening other channels out. The product comes in a basic
800-1H model featuring 8 full watts of mask compliant CDMA
power over 1 channel.
Their other product, PerforMax dual polarized variable electrical
downtilt antennae provide continuous coverage of GSM 1800,
US PCS and 3G UMTS frequency bands, all in one package. It
enables the cell coverage to be tailored by the hour or by
the season and that too with just one antenna. The product
provides wideband performance over the full frequency band
1710 to 2170 MHz. It enables the operators to cover the full
3G frequency band, as well as offers operators totally new
solutions for dual band systems expected in many new 3G rollouts.
Avenir Telecom - is the first privately-owned mobile phone
distributor in France and calls itself a 'global telecommunications
distributor'. The company offers a wide range of communication
products, mostly in France, including mobile phones, line
rental, accessories, landline phones, answering machines,
and fax machines. It distributes licensed telephone products
and sells Radiocom 2000 and SFR Analogue network line subscriptions.
In 1998, AVENIR formed the @3i subsidiary which specializes
in Internet and e-commerce services for business. The subsidiary,
whose first remit is to represent the company's interests
on the Internet, will soon be a major service provider for
Blue Broadband Technologies - is a young and dynamic organization
with a clear focus on strong customer relationships in the
telecom Industry. They provide quality and cost-effective
solutions and services to the telecom, data and cable operators.
They execute total turnkey infrastructure projects for the
backbone and access networks of basic, cellular and data operators
In order to have a clear focus on their operations, the organization
operates as three SBUs (Strategic Business Units) formed according
to their area of operation i.e. telecom infrastructure (wired),
wireless Infrastructure and communication products. Their
product range includes a complete solution for Internet over
cable services (CO & CPE equipment), GSM & CDMA fixed
wireless terminals for carriers, and infrared laser solutions
for line of sight communications.
Bluemax Co. - designs, manufactures and markets communication
systems to deliver analogically-based video, audio and data
via HFC (Hybrid Fiber-Coax). Their products, such as transmitters,
receivers, two-way amplifiers, and fiber transceivers use
the latest technology in the world.
C-DOT (Centre for Development of Telematics) - is a premier
telecom R&D centre of the Government of India. It offers
state-of-the-art switching and transmission technologies for
rural and urban applications. The 256 port Rural Automatic
Exchanges (256 RAX) from C-DOT are widely accepted as world-class
cost-effective switching systems for rural areas. These exchanges
have been integrated with radio equipment to form a system,
known as TDMA-PMP, for providing telecom facilities in sparsely
populated and geographically dispersed clusters of villages
all over the country.
CPI SATCOM - the company's amplifiers have provided the backbone
of C, Ku, and DBS-band global satellite uplink systems for
over thirty years. Satcom's TWT and Klystron high power amplifiers
established new benchmarks for reliability and for quality
Dielectric Communications - is a world leader in the engineering,
design and manufacture of broadcast systems for TV (DTV/DVB/UHF/VHF),
FM, HF and MF. Their strength is the development of custom
solutions that fit their customer's unique requirements. They
offer a full complement of products, including a variety of
proprietary offering, from the transmitter output to the tower
top including antennas, towers, filter/combiner systems, switches
and patch panels. Their service offerings include tower mapping,
modifications and complete installation services. Through
the subsidiary TCI, they are the world's largest suppliers
of high power antenna systems for MF and HF broadcasting.
Electronics and Controls (E&C) - came into existence in
1976 to manufacture quality industrial products in the field
of digital and power electronics. E&C manufactures India's
biggest indigenous thyristorised power supply handling a current
of 10 kilo amps, a record unbeaten in the Indian industry
till date. The company added a number of items to its list
of products like speed controllers, counters, switches, and
ERNI - was founded in 1947 for manufacturing relays, controls
and lighting products. In 1968, the company introduced the
world's first Din 41612 connector at the Electronica exhibition
and this solidified ERNIs position in the networking arena.
The ERNI trademark represents an international group of companies
specializing in selected electrical and electronic engineering
components. Most of their products are developed, produced
and marketed by companies of the ERNI Group itself.
Eutelsat - one of the world's most established and experienced
providers of satellite communications resources and expertise
on a global basis. Headquartered in Paris, its team of 380
people from 23 countries manages a satellite infrastructure
that assures delivery of consumer television and radio channels
to a measured audience of 98 million cable and satellite homes.
Its capacity also serves news agencies, Internet service providers,
corporations and telecommunications service providers.
Globecast - is a leading provider of satellite-based broadcast
and Internet transmission and services. It is the satellite
services arm of France Telecom. Globecast was created in 1997
by combining the group's vast array of broadcast activities,
and soon became the world's largest provider of end-to-end
transmission and production services for video, audio, multimedia
and business TV.
L-3 Communications - is a leading merchant supplier of secure
communications systems and products, avionics and ocean products,
training products, microwave components and telemetry, instrumentation,
space and wireless products. The company has entered into
a joint business agreement with ND SatCom, a leading manufacturer
and provider of satellite-based communication systems and
networks to provide turnkey multi-node, fully meshed satellite
terminal networks for civilian and military customers.
Under the agreement, L-3 will provide mobile SatCom systems
and ND SatCom will provide anchor stations and network management
systems. New Skies Satellites - is a global satellite communications
company providing video, Internet, voice and data communications
services to a range of broadcasters, ISPs, and telecommunications
carriers around the world. New Skies is headquartered in The
Hague, The Netherlands and has offices in London, Washington,
D.C., Singapore, New Delhi, Sydney, São Paulo and Johannesburg.
Philips Broadband Networks - is headquartered in Atlanta and
manufactures broadband RF (Radio Frequency), fiber optic,
and subscriber related equipment for use in traditional and
digitally compressed video networks. The company offers all
the electronics needed to transmit analog or digital format
broadband signals over today's two-way networks. The equipment
supports a full range of services that technologically advanced
consumers desire. In addition the company offers system design
services, technical training programmes, and field engineering
Promax Electronica S.A - manufactures a wide range of signal
level meters and spectrum analysers for television and data
via satellite, cable, broadcast, and wireless. Other product
ranges include pattern generators and general purpose test
equipment. Signal level meters, CATV analysers, pattern generators,
field strength meters, spectrum analysers, return path monitoring
equipment, QPSK, QAM and COFDM are also available.
PY Systems - has been a player in the industry since 1990
supplying telecom products and office equipment including
PABX telephones, photocopiers, fax machines, and printers.
The company also supplies calculators, pagers, and mobile
phones for individual use.
Raven Manufacturing Limited - are producers of high specification,
top quality satellite antennas, and as such have been supplying
some of the world's leading companies in the broadband communications
industry for many years. From 'concept to completion' Raven
can supply the total package including design, prototypes,
product testing, packaging and logistics management.
Raven has a complete range of antennas available to suit analogue,
digital, multisat, motorized and some VSAT requirements.
Ripley - is a leading manufacturer of cable preparation tools,
has a full line of high quality wire and cable preparation
tools and accessories. The target market areas of the company
are the CATV, fiber optic, electrical and telecom industries.
For CATV and broadband applications, the company's Cablematic
line offers a wide selection of hard line cable coring and
stripping tools, drop cable tools and specialty accessories.
Ripley's professional grade tools include their line of crimp
tools, coring and stripping tools, and drop cable trimmers.
The company also offers the popular Miller fibre optic strippers,
the high quality Kevlar cutters and jacket removal tools.
Russian Satellite Comunicatiosn Company (RSCC) - constituted
in 1967, is the national operator in the field of satellite
communication. Today RSCC is the authorized body of the Ministry
for Telecommunications and Information of the Russian Federation
to develop and operate the technical means of satellite communication.
The enterprise is registered in the ITU (International Telecommunication
Union) and is the shareholder of international companies,
Intelsat, Eutelsat and the main partner of the international
organization of space communications, Intersputnik.
Sancheti Ancheti Electronics Ltd. - is an importer and supplier
of high quality satellite/cable television equipment, consultancy,
and engineering services. Sancheti Electronics is headquartered
in Kolkata and has a Branch office in Delhi and a dealer network
of over 100 throughout India.
Sancheti Electronics has exclusive distribution rights in
India for industry recognized satellite/cable equipment. Product
profile includes antennas, LNB's, headend systems, receivers,
coaxial cables, connectors, amplifiers, power supplies, power
dividers, taps and splitters, DB meters and others.
They are sole distributors for Trilogy Communications Inc.,
USA for Trilogy coaxial cables, Corning Gibert Inc., USA for
Gilbert connectors, Leader Communications for cables, DB meters,
taps and splitters. Also, they are distributors for Motorola,
Scientific Atlanta, Arcom, DX Antenna Holland, Aegis Broadband,
Scopus Network Technologies - is a leading supplier of digital
compression technology to the broadcasting industry. Scopus
Network Technologies' intelligent MPEG-2 and DVB video contribution
and distribution architectures enable professional broadcasters
to make a quick and smooth transition to the digital age.
Tianjin Fuheng Electronical Technology Co. - is a high-tech
and new technology enterprise centralizing and unifying the
technological development, manufacture and the sales. It owns
the advanced manufacturing and checkout equipment and severe
quality control system. The products have passed through the
identification and approval of the State Technical Supervision
Bureau and are awarded a special license for metrical appliance
Times Fiber Communications - has always been a pioneering
force in the coaxial cable industry, anticipating and providing
advancements that later became standards in quality, performance
and reliability. This legacy of 'firsts' and commitment to
the success of their customers continue to drive TFC toward
greater advances in products, backed with pride in the past
Trilogy Communications Inc. - was founded in 1985 and is one
of the worlds leading CATV coaxial cable manufacturers. Its
MC2 (the first low-loss air dielectric coaxial cable) and
MVP drop cables and over 3 billion feet of cable carrying
CATV signals are sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.
TVS Interconnect Systems Ltd (TVSICSL) - was incorporated
in 1999. The company has it's manufacturing plant located
in Madurai and the regional marketing offices located at Bangalore,
Mumbai & New Delhi. In response to the emerging network
convergence they have profiled themselves as a preferred supplier
of interconnect solutions to the cellular & access markets
(WLL, FTTH and CATV). The current product range includes patch
antennas, RF/FO passive and active network components as well
as powerful network simulation software.
TVS-R&M offers complete solutions in terms of cable management
products, and have emerged as a very strong player in the
telecom segment both in the DoT & private basic service
providers. Products are MDF's, cross-connects, distribution
point boxes, FDMS, joint closures, DDF's, and customized Hybrid
Will Same - is the manufacturer of CATV trunk/distribution
amplifiers, line extenders, indoor / outdoor taps and splitters,
and many other CATV accessories. They are also the distributors
of a famous brand of coaxial cable. Their products include
CATV accessories, taps, satellite equipment and accessories,
amateur radio accessories, and coaxial cable.
Xi'an Haitian Antenna Technologies Co. - is a professional
antenna producer. XAHT produces antennas for GSM, CDMA, PHS
(PCS), and 3G (trial) base stations, WLL, and other wireless
systems, covering frequencies of GSM900/1800 MHz, CDMA800/1900
MHz, PHS 1900MHz, WLL450/2400/3500MHz, and IMT - 2000. XAHT
has one of the largest single-roof production
The 10th Convergence India 2002 event is organised by Exhibitions
India Pvt. Ltd., and is co-organised by the Ministry of Communications
& IT, Government of India; Cellular Operators Association
of India; Association of Basic Telecom Operators; Indo-American
Chamber of Commerce; Internet Service Providers Association
of India; Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association of India,
and VSAT Service Providers Association.
The event is certified by the US Department of Commerce and
is supported by several renowned associations including the
IBC (International Broadcasting Convention), Global VSAT Forum,
NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), Swiss Multimedia
Association (Switzerland), Electronic Component Industries
Association (India), Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication
Engineers (India), and Telecom Users Group of India.
The French corporate giant CANAL+ Technologies is the Silver
Sponsor at the 10th Convergence India 2002 event. CANAL+ Technologies
is an international provider of interactive TV software solutions,
application software for cable operators, pay TV systems,
broadcast turnkey systems, and fiber cable management. It
offers a range of flexible products to broadcasters and digital
operators around the world. Its product line includes conditional
access software MEDIAGUARD, hardware independent interactive
systems and middleware MEDIAHIGHWAY, as well as over 30 different
interactive and multimedia applications and several integrated
development environments. Its technologies today power more
than 8.6 million digital set-top boxes.
The company has granted licenses to approximately 15 set-top
box manufacturers internationally. It is actively present
in major international markets and has concluded agreements
with industrial partners to set up showcases of its systems
in different parts of the world.
Americom Asia-Paific - is a joint venture company of Lockheed
Martin, a world-class manufacturer of communication satellites,
and SES Americom, one of the world's pioneers in specialized,
satellite-based distribution services. Formed in 1998, the
company provides high powered capacity and state-of-the-art
services to programmers, telcos, carriers, ICPs and ISPs and
its customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Audiocodes Ltd. - is the world leader in VoIP technologies
and products. It designs, develops and markets enabling technologies
and communication subsystems for the transmission of voice,
fax and data over packet networks. Newly developed VoIP gateways
as well as DSL and ATM access devices, enable packet networks
to carry voice and data more efficiently and at lower cost
than traditional telephone networks.
The organisation is a leading provider of technologies and
building blocks that are driving the development of equipment
for these emerging markets. AudioCodes' products are integral
components of the most advanced and reliable Voice over IP
and Voice over ATM platforms on the market. AudioCodes is
an acclaimed leader in voice compression. The company co-authored
the ITU G.723.1 voice-coding standard that was adopted by
the Voice over IP Forum and Frame Relay Forum for use in packet
networks. AudioCodes' voice compression technology permits
the high quality transmission of voice over packet networks
using substantially less network capacity than used in traditional
Intelsat - The company has 30 years of experience in the satellite
communications industry and offers a wide range of wholesale
global satellite services. The company claims to have, for
nearly four decades, led the industry in the launch and operations
of state-of-the-art geo-stationary spacecraft. Armed with
a fleet of 20 satellites with access to a global network of
earth stations and local partners in over 200 countries, the
company can transmit information to anywhere from anywhere
ensuring high quality uninterrupted transmission. Intelsat
offers a wide variety of options to tailor services as per
Lightpointe - is an innovator, designer and manufacturer of
carrier-class optical transmission equipment using FSO (Free
Space Optical) technology that delivers high-speed communications
solutions to enterprise and service provider customers who
want to address the connectivity bottleneck in the metro optical
networks be it core, access or edge networks.
Motorola - is a global leader in providing integrated communications
solutions and embedded electronic solutions. These include
software-enhanced wireless telephone, end-to-end systems for
the delivery of interactive digital video, voice and high-speed
data solutions for broadband operators; embedded semiconductor
solutions for customers in networking and computing; embedded
electronic systems for automotive, industrial, transportation,
navigation, communication and energy systems markets.
Pacific Century Matrix (HK) Ltd. - is Asia Pacific's leading
provider of satellite-based broadband network solutions providing
unsurpassed reach to the world's fastest growing and largest
markets. PCM was founded with the aim of offering reliable,
high quality broadband telecommunications services for video,
data and voice to businesses throughout Asia Pacific and West
Asia. These services include TV broadcast, Internet access,
corporate network, content and application services for the
ISP, SOHO /SME/ Corporate and DTH markets.
Seagate - was founded in 1979 and its hard disc drives helped
create the PC revolution. Today the company is helping to
revolutionize the way we live, work and play by enabling the
growth of the Internet putting the world's information at
your fingertips. And storage technology, Seagate's core business,
has become the center of the new computing architecture.
Texas Instruments (TI) (India) Private Limited - was opened
in August, 1985 as a strategic move to enhance Texas Instruments
Incorporated's (TI) presence in the Asia/Pacific area. This
region is projected to have one of the highest growth rates
in electronics over the next 20-25 years. The initial activity
of TI India was the development and support of proprietary
Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software systems used for
integrated circuit (IC) design by TI's semiconductor design
centers worldwide. This activity includes development of applications
for creating, simulating, testing and verifying both logical
and physical IC manufacturing process. In early 2001, TI India
announced the opening of a center for design of 3G Wireless
chipsets and a center for developing Wireless LAN chipsets.
Tyco Telecommunications - provides global broadband capacity
through the Tyco Global Network (TGN) while also providing
co-location facilities and data center space and services
through its worldwide network of TelExchange centers. Tyco
Telecommunications also designs, manufactures, installs, operates
and supports turn-key subsea optical networks for many of
the world's leading carriers.
The Networking Partners for the 10th Convergence India 2002
event are Convergent Communications and Space Link Systems
who will provide support services during the course of the