11th Annual Conference OFC Networks in India, A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

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Nishpreet Bhasin
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Ishan Arora
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The conference is being organised by India Infrastructure Publishing, the leading provider of information on the infrastructure sectors through magazines, newsletters, reports and conferences. The company publishes tele.net, Indian Infrastructure, Renewable Watch and Smart Utilities magazines. In addition, it publishes Telecom News (a weekly newsletter), research papers on the Optic Fibre Cable Market in India and the Telecom Tower Infrastructure Market in India as well as the Telecom Directory and Yearbook. The group also operates www.tele.net.in, India’s most comprehensive telecom website.

For registration and sponsorship opportunities: 
Nishpreet Bhasin, Conference Cell
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Email: nishpreet.bhasin@indiainfrastructure.com


Ishan Arora, Conference Cell

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Email: ishan.arora@indiainfrastructure.com

 

24 Star Solution, ACE Enterprise, Acend Telecom, Aeron Composite, Agmatel, Aksh Optifibre, Amazon Lab126, Andhra Pradesh IT Department, Anritsu, Anvil Cables, Apar Industries, Ardom, Ascend Telecom Infrastructure, ATC Telecom, Axis Engineering Solutions, B4S Solutions, Bajaj, BBNL, BSNL, Bharti Airtel, Bharti Infratel, Birla Cable, Birla Furukawa, Borouge, Broadband India Forum, Capitel Partners, Centre of Excellence in Wireless Technology, Ciena, Coats India, Com First India, Commscope, Converging consulting, Corning, CYIENT, DCI, Deloitte, Delta Power Solutions, DoT Ministry of Communication, DSM, DuPont, Eager Communication Group Co., ECI Telecom, Ester, Evonik, EXFO, EY, FCI OEN Connectors, Finisar, Finolex Cables, FireFly Networks, Flakt Group, Fujikura, GailTel, Government of Tamil Nadu, Gupta Power, Gurugram Smart City, Herkula, HFCL, HNA technology, HTL, Huawei Technologies Yangon, Huber Suhner, IBI Group, ICICI Bank, ICRA, Incap, Incedo, Indore Composite, INVAS Technologies, ITCO, ITI Limited, Kaytele Infraprojects, Keith Electronics, Kernal Fibernet Online Network, Khushi Communications, KPMG, L&T, L&T ECC, Lekha Wireless, LEPTON Software Export & Research, Lepton Software Export & Research, Lifeline Technologies, MEL Systems and Services, Mexichem Speciality Compounds, NBG Systems, Nivox Technologies, Nokia Networks, Omdia, Paramount Cables, Paramount Communications, Parixit Irrigation, Polycab Wires, Power Grid Corporation Of India, Pratap Technocrats, Protiviti, Pune Smart City, Quality Austria Central Asia, Railtel, Reliance Jio, Rex Polyextrusion, Rhino (Gupta Power Infrastructure), RIL, Roblon, Rodic Consultants, Rosenberger, Rpg Cables, RSI Softech India, Rural Digital Initiative & Infrastructure Committee–BIF, Sandvik, SEI Trading, Sikora India, Simco Group, Spaceworld, Sterlite Technologies, Summit Digitel, Svarn Infratel, TAIPA, Tata Communications, Tata Projects, Tata Teleservices, Technica Associates, Teijin Aramid, Telecom Equipment And Services Export Promotion Council, Telecom Regulatory Authority Of India, Telecommunications Consultants India, Tema, Tirumala Seven Hills, Tower And Infrastructure Providers Association, Tower Vision, Trikaal Tech Enterprises, Ul India, Universal Cables, Vertiv, Viavi Solutions, Vindhya Telelinks, Viren Telecom, Virgo Group, Vodafone Idea, VVDN Technologies, Warren & Brown Technologies, West Coast Optilinks, etc.
  • Over the past two years, OFC has emerged as a key pillar of India’s digital ecosystem. The need for high-speed and reliable connectivity became more apparent during the Covid-19 pandemic, with millions of people working from home or from remote locations, providing a fresh impetus to fibre-based broadband.
  • The new work-from-home norm has also brought data centres and in-building solutions such as FTTH, small cells and Wi-Fi hotspots into the spotlight. These solutions too require huge investments in fibre roll-outs inside buildings and to the curb.
  • OFC roll-outs in India have more than doubled during the past two years. These roll-outs have been driven by the government’s push to increase internet penetration through projects such as Digital India, BharatNet, Smart Cities Mission and National Broadband Mission, and through telcos’ growing focus on site as well as last-mile fiberisation.
  • However, the fact that India’s current fibre penetration stands at less than 30 per cent for tower sites and at a mere 7 per cent for households indicates the segment’s huge potential.
  • The demand for OFC is also expected to increase significantly as India steps into the 5G era. With operators already conducting 5G trials and commercialisation of the technology, India will require a massive upgradation of its existing OFC networks to deliver on the 5G promise. The industry will see the installation of a large number of towers at shorter distances, the deployment of thousands of small cells, and the setting up of an extensive network of edge data centres, all of which will require fibre-supported backhaul.
  • On the supply side, while the pandemic impacted OFC production for a brief period, its associated push towards digitalisation led to an early revival of demand. As a result, key OFC manufacturers have either added or are planning to add capacities to their existing manufacturing set-ups.
  • While OFC roll-outs continue to gather steam, their pace of growth could be much higher if the telecom industry’s financial situation was better and roadblocks relating to RoW were addressed. The RoW charges for laying OFC across key cities vary from Rs 50,000 per km to Rs 13 million per km. Further, extending the benefits of the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme to homegrown OFC makers is the need of the hour, as this could help them boost their manufacturing capabilities. 
  • Going forward, the industry needs to rapidly scale up OFC infrastructure by exploring new OFC roll-out/sharing models. This would require the active involvement of non-telco players such as towercos and utilities in sectors such as power, gas, water and railways, which can operate as neutral wholesale providers for telcos. On the OFC manufacturing front, players can leverage opportunities under the recently approved public-private partnership (PPP) model for the BharatNet project.
  • The mission of this conference is to highlight key market trends for OFC in India, discuss emerging growth drivers and opportunities, outline potential business models and applications, and study the impact of key government and private sector initiatives. The conference will also showcase innovations and most promising technologies in this arena. It will provide a platform for telecom service providers, tower companies, policymakers, OFC manufacturers and technology providers to share their experiences and exchange ideas.  

MARKET TRENDS AND OUTLOOK

  • What are the key trends in the OFC market in India?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?
  • What is the outlook for the segment in the post-Covid era?

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE

  • What are the key initiatives that have been taken in the OFC industry?
  • What are the key industry concerns and challenges?
  • What is the technology potential in the OFC market? What is the outlook for the segment?

PROGRESS ON BHARATNET

  • What has been the implementation experience of Phase II of the programme? What has been the progress so far?
  • What has been the progress under the PPP mode of implementation?
  • What have been the key challenges and lessons learnt?

TELCO PERSPECTIVE: NETWORK EXPANSION AND INVESTMENTS

  • What is the current status of OFC deployments? What are the expansion plans?
  • What are your views on the industry’s 5G readiness? What are the infrastructure-related requirements for 5G roll-out?
  • What are the expectations from OFC suppliers?

RoW UPDATE: CURRENT STATUS AND THE WAY FORWARD

  • What is the current status of implementation of the RoW rules across states?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?
  • How can the telecom industry work in collaboration with various departments to resolve the issues?

KEY CONSUMER SEGMENTS: DEFENCE, RAILWAYS AND UTILITIES

  • What is the current size of the OFC network of key consuming segments? How is the network being monetised?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?
  • What are the future expansion plans?

STATE FOCUS: KEY INITIATIVES AND PLANS

  • What is the current level of fiberisation across the state? What have been the key growth drivers for fiberisation?
  • What are some of the state-wide fibre projects being rolled out/planned?
  • What applications are riding on OFC networks?

TOWER SITE FIBERISATION

  • What is the current level of tower fiberisation in the country?
  • What role will fiberisation play in preparing for a 5G ecosystem?
  • What are the key challenges and future outlook?

LAST-MILE FIBERISATION

  • What are the key drivers for FTTH uptake?
  • What is the current status of last-mile OFC deployments by the industry?
  • What are the key challenges and outlook?

FOCUS ON SMART CITIES

  • What are the OFC requirements under the Smart Cities Mission?
  • What has been the progress and level of investment so far? What applications are supported by OFC networks in smart cities?
  • What are the key challenges in OFC deployment?

OFC REQUIREMENTS FOR 5G

  • What are the key 5G use cases from India’s perspective? What are the OFC requirements for 5G?
  • What is the industry readiness for 5G commercialisation? What are the realistic timelines and investment requirements?
  • What are the key technology and infrastructure trends that will shape the 5G landscape in India?

TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

  • What are the latest technology initiatives in the OFC space globally?
  • What are the new product offerings for Indian companies?
  • What are the benefits of these technologies?

ACTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE SHARING

  • What impact will DoT’s move to amend the licence regulations on active infrastructure sharing have on the industry?
  • What is the cost economics of active infrastructure sharing?
  • Are there any other steps needed to make the regulatory environment more conducive for such sharing in India?

DEMAND FROM KEY EMERGING SEGMENTS: Wi-Fi, IBS AND DATA CENTRES

  • What is the role of optic fibre cabling in the Wi-Fi, IBS and data centre segments? What are the backhaul technology requirements for each of these segments?
  • What is the current fiberisation footprint of these segments?
  • What are the future growth prospects in terms of OFC expansion?

The conference is targeted at top and middle-level managers from:

  • Telecom operators
  • Other investors
  • 4G service/solution providers
  • Telecom tower manufacturers
  • Policymakers and regulators
  • Power solution providers
  • 5G technology providers
  • Infrastructure equipment manufacturers
  • Infrastructure service providers
  • Energy efficient technology providers
  • Technology providers
  • Legal and management consultants
  • Broadband service providers
  • Energy management consultants
  • Engineering design consultants
  • Supporting infrastructure companies
  • Civil contractors
  • Industry analysts
  • Financial institutions
  • Renewable energy companies
  • Infrastructure developers
  • Wireless internet service providers
  • OFC manufacturers
  • Telecom equipment manufacturers, etc.

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Event Schedule Details

  • February 14, 2022 (Monday) - February 15, 2022 (Tuesday)
    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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