New Delhi: BSNL yet again swept WiFi Leadership Awards 2018 by bagging six awards and emerged as the largest public WiFi focused organization while Vipin Tyagi, Executive Director, C-DOT was conferred WiFi Leader of the Year at My India WiFi India Summit & Awards 2018 organised by DigiAnalysys in New Delhi.
The day long Summit was themed "Achieving 10 million WiFi Hotspots by 2018" where multiple senior leaders from the industry converged to deliberate and chalk out a progressive strategy and technology roadmap for growth of WiFi eco-system in the country.
"India has already achieved 100,000 WiFi hotspots and is strongly poised to achieve the target by 2022 based on the strong push from Government and other key industry stakeholders," said Editor DigiAnalysys, Pravin Prashant.
"To achieve 10 million WiFi hotspots by 2022, the Government should focus on WiFi hotspots deployments as per India's population and focus more on villages. As per our estimate, around 6.5 - 7 million WiFi hotspots needs to be deployed in 649,481 villages with a total population of 833 million which will help in transforming lives of farmers and particularly youth while around 3.5 - 3.0 million WiFi hotspots needs to be deployed in 7,935 cities/towns with a total population of 377 million at regional levels across India," added Prashant.
As a knowledge led media platform, DigiAnalysys has been aggressively covering and highlighting trends, technologies, innovations critical for growth of WiFi technology and the related eco-system via multiple editorial and thought leadership platforms.
The summit spread across five sessions included subjects of pertinent relevance such as Achieving 10 million WiFi hotspots by 2018; Public WiFi Hotspots in Rural: Opportunities and Challenges; Public WiFi Hotspots in Urban: Opportunities and Challenges; Enterprise WiFi Hotspots: Exploring Monetisation and Enhancing Custom Experience; an E-SIM/In-flight Connectivity/WiFi on the Move: Connecting the Dots.
The summit saw presence of imminent industry luminaries and leaders including Mr. Sanjay Singh, CMD, BBNL; Mr. A. Seshagiri Rao, CMD, TCIL; Mr. Vipin Tyagi, ED, C-DOT; Mr. TV Ramachandran, President, BIF; Mr. Rajan S Mathews, DG, COAI; Mr. Anuj Jain, President, Reliance Jio and many key stakeholders.
On this occasion, a White Paper On WiFi Liberalisation jointly compiled by Broadband India Forum (BIF) and DigiAnalysys was released by Mr. A Seshagiri Rao, CMD, TCIL; Anuj Jain, President - Jio GigaFibre Business, Reliance Jio; T V Ramachandran, President, Broadband India Forum and Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI.
Another blockbuster highlight of the summit included launch of second edition of much coveted WiFi Leadership Awards 2018 where multiple innovative and path breaking projects, personalities and companies were facilitated.
Some of the award winners were:
1. Best WiFi Project led by Woman - Ms. Sushma Mishra, BSNL
2. Best IoT Solution - Kamakshi Clouds
3. Most Promising WiFi Brand - UTStarcom India Telecom
4. Best Home WiFi Product - D-Link (India)
5. Best WiFi Service Provider (East) - BSNL
6. Best WiFi Service Provider (West) - ONE OTT iNTERTAINMENT INDIA
7. Best WiFi Service Provider (South) - BSNL
8. Best WiFi Service Provider (North) - BSNL
9. Best WiFi Service Provider - BSNL
10. Best WiFi Startup - Kirat Communications.