Programme

Capacity India & SAARC 2019

  • 0830h
  • Registration and Welcome Coffee
  • 0930h
  • Capacity Media Welcome
  • 0935h
  • Official Opening of Capacity India & SAARC 2019
    Rajendra Singh, Senior Regulatory Specialist, Transport & Digital Development Global Practice, WORLD BANK
  • Keynote Presentations
  • 0945h
  • The Evolving Landscape of Telecoms in India – Preparing for a Digital Future
    Binod Sriwastav, Head of Sales for India & South Asia, TATA COMMUNICATIONS
  • 1000h
  • A Digital Platform for Wholesale Business
  • 1010h
  • Implementation and Innovation in IOT
  • 1020h
  • Future Projects: Wi-Fi Hot Spots, Next Generation Networks and Smart City Infrastructure
  • 1030h
  • Morning Coffee Break
  • 1105h
  • Presentation
    Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI
  • 1115h
  • Keynote Panel Discussion:
    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?
    Moderator: Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI
    Uday Sikka, Head of Carrier Relations India & SAARC, CHINA TELECOM GLOBAL
    Tarun Singh, Business Development Manager - India, HGC
    Ashutosh Vasant, Director (POM), RAILTEL INDIA
    Manul Agarwal, Head of IP Products International, TELSTRA
  • 1200h
  • Panel Discussion:
    On Demand: Preparing Networks for High Quantity, High Quality Delivery of Gaming and Streaming Channels

    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 quality of service and customer satisfaction. This panel will explore:
    • What innovations have been proposed to ensure product and service offerings measure up to the high expectations of the new generation?
    • 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 as policy 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?
    Gaurav Babbar, SVP - Network Strategy & Content Delivery, MICROSCAN
  • 1245h
  • Lunch and Networking Opportunity
  • Presentations:
    Regional Spotlight: South Asia and India

    An exploration of technological investment and trade relationships between India and other South Asian countries.
  • 1400h
  • Case Study 1: The Nepalese Perspective on the Belt & Road Initiative
  • 1415h
  • Case Study 2: 5G Innovation in Sri Lanka
  • 1430h
  • Case Study 3: Changing Dynamics in Bangladesh
    Abu Saeed Khan, Head of Government Relations & External Affairs, ADN TELECOM
  • 1445h
  • Case Study 4: From Asia to Africa
    Increasing demand for connectivity in India and South Asia requires more infrastructure to carry data, which has resulted in plenty of investment and new developments in subsea and terrestrial projects in the region.
    Arunachalam Kandasamy, Founder & CEO, INDIAN OCEAN XCHANGE (IOX)
  • 1500h
  • Afternoon Tea Break
  • 1545h
  • 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?
    Moderator: Robert Rose, CSO, GMS
    Harsha Solanki, Managing Director, India, INFOBIP
    Aditya Dhruva, VP & CTO, MAHINDRA COMVIVA
    Anurag Aggarwal, Associate Director - Messaging Services, TATA COMMUNICATIONS
    Bhanu Singh, COO & Director of Engineering, TUBELIGHT COMMUNICATIONS
    Bernardo Arnaud, CEO, UNIDIRE
  • 1645h
  • Panel Discussion:
    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?
    Moderator: Rajesh Chharia, President, ISPAI
    Raunak Maheshwari, Director, EXTREME IX
    Manoj Paul, Managing Director, GPX INDIA
  • 1730h
  • Capacity India & SAARC Evening Drinks Reception

Datacloud India & SAARC 2019

  • 0830h
  • Registration Opens
  • 0910h
  • Chair’s Opening Remarks
  • 0920h
  • Conference Welcome and Introduction to the National Data Center & Cloud Empowerment Development Council
    Prof. N K Goyal, President, CMAI Association of India
  • 0940h
  • 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?
    Bill Barney, CEO, Reliance Communicatons; Chairman and CEO, Global Cloud Xchange
  • 1000h
  • India & SAARC Data Center and Cloud Leaders Roundtable
    Leaders from across the India & SAARC region discuss the latest trends and developments in the data center and cloud infrastructure sector. Covering business strategy, emerging technologies, the impact of legislation and forecasts for key markets in a regional and global context.
    Bill Barney, CEO, Reliance Communicatons; Chairman and CEO, Global Cloud Xchange
    Vidyasagar K, VP & Business Head, Nxtra Data, Bharti Airtel
    Sumit Mukhija, Chief Executive Officer, STT Global Data Centres India
  • 1030h
  • Morning Coffee Break
  • 1100h
  • Panel Discussion: 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?
    Moderator: Alex Rabbetts, Managing Director, European Data Centre Association
    Vikas Kanungo, Senior Consultant World Bank – Digital Development Unit, The World Bank
    Nikhil Rathi, Founder & Director, Web Werks India
    Narendra Sen, Founder/CEO, RackBank Datacenters Ltd
    Pravin Mohite, Chairman/MD, Olive Data Centre
  • 1130h
  • When the Clouds Part: How to Better Manage Your Cloud Infrastructure
    On-premise or off, you have powerful tools available to maximize the value of your infrastructure and you demand more visibility and operational control. Fortunately, data center management tools keep a vigil on memory contestation, power, thermal consumption, server health, and utilization, allowing better control no matter your cloud’s shape. In this session, learn how Intel software tools enable real-time monitoring and precise management to lower operational costs and optimize infrastructure for today even as you’re forecasting for tomorrow.
    Ajay Garg, Director of Global Business Development, Intel
  • 1150h
  • Case Study Presentation: Smart City Deployments
    Gulzar Azad, Country Head Connectivity, Google India
  • 1210h
  • 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?
    Manoj Paul, MD – India, GPX Global
    Shamik Mishra, AVP – Technology & Practice Head – Innovation, Aricent
    Ras Scollay, Asia Pacific Head of Sales and Marketing, Colt Data Centre Services
    Magesh Srinivasan, Global Head, Connected Car & Artificial Intelligence, HCL Technologies
  • 1240h
  • Networking Lunch
  • 1400h
  • Afternoon Keynote Presentation
    Ajay Mishra, Director – Digital Transformation Consulting, Ericsson
  • 1420h
  • 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? Growth plans for connectivity, local and offshore hosting, and subsea connectivity. How will innovative Fibre and Satellite Broadband solutions succeed?
    Vinay Nagpal, President, Interglobix
  • 1440h
  • 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?
    Moderator: Alex Rabbetts, Managing Director, European Data Centre Association
    Shantanu Chaudhuri, Competency Head – Oracle Digital Solutions and Automation, Tech Mahindra
  • 1510h
  • Afternoon Coffee Break
  • 1540h
  • Panel Discussion: Understanding Enterprise Cloud and 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.
    Moderator: Rajesh Dangi, CTO, NxtGen Infinite Datacenter
    Dr. Pawan K Sharma, Head IT Operations, Tata Motors
    Rajeev Seoni, CIO, EY
  • 1610h
  • Closing Keynote Presentation
  • 1630h
  • Chair’s Concluding Remarks and Close of Conference