A few months ago, PM of India announced the 100 Smart Cities Mission and this was a very good proposal by the PM of the country. The smart cities are going to be formed in different way, but technology is a key factor. So, Wireless Broadband Alliance held it’s first event in the capital of India, where they announced the partnership between Delhi Government and WBA. This is going to be a new chapter for everybody as we are going to see a lot of new things in the future.
Delhi is now the first Indian city to join the Advisory Board, has motivated & paved the way for other cities to take a positive step towards facilitating a discussion for the much awaited topic.
Speaking at the occasion, Ashish Khetan, Vice Chairman, Government of Delhi, said, “I would like to congratulate Wireless Broadband Alliance for launching the Connected City Advisory Board initiative which will have leading cities from around the world join together to enable the vision for Connected Cities. This provides a great platform for city managers and CIOs to share knowledge and learn from best practices. I am happy to announce that the Government of Delhi has decided to join the Connected City Advisory Board and will be working in close association with WBA and ecosystem partners to develop Connected City plans and blue prints & create public-private ecosystems for collaboration. We see this association playing a major role helping our vision for city wide Wi-Fi.”
This was an all day event it started at 9:00AM and ended at 5:00PM. So, it was a very long event and was divided into two sessions. One was pre-lunch session and the other was post lunch session. In the first session, the company provided case studies and real life experiences & challenges faced by cities in India, USA, China & other leading city representatives.Talking about India’s hotspot-density as compared to the world, Shrikant Shenwai, CEO, WBA, mentioned that China was way ahead to India. India stands at 1 hotspot per 41.733 people, whereas, China stands at 1 hotspot per 253 people.
The afternoon roundtable discussion brought together executive level delegates from the government and operators, and continued to discuss the opportunities and challenges of connected City deployments, monetization strategies and how private/public partnerships could support the city developments.
“We are glad to have taken the first step towards putting the foundation stone towards a better connected future. All the players in the telecom ecosystem should come together to perpetuate the success of this initiative taken by WBA and ensure the sustained realization of the Smart Cities, connected cities vision.” Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, COAI. So, the stastics say “We are glad to have taken the first step towards putting the foundation stone towards a better connected future. All the players in the telecom ecosystem should come together to perpetuate the success of this initiative taken by WBA and ensure the sustained realization of the Smart Cities, connected cities vision.” Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, COAI.
There is Ozone technology present too in the event where the company announced it’s plan in the future. SpeedFetch was also there to show us it’s technology and it was quite good. There were few drawbacks, but it was very good. Speed Fetch is an application which allows you to rent a movie for Rs. 10 and you can download that movie in 3 minutes. I witnessed 1GB movie being downloaded in 3 minutes. There were a few drawbacks like you have to use their own player, but they want to stop piracy too and are using the Public Wi-Fi quite impressively.
Aruna Sundarraj, Secretary, Govt. of India and Head of USFO Fund & Managing Director of Bharat Government said, “I acknowledge the fact that Wi-Fi will play a transformational role in building the Smart Cities and it will work as a robust platform for a better, connected India. The global population continues to grow at a steady pace& more and more people are moving to cities every single day, accordingly, there is a crying need for the cities to get smarter to handle this large-scale urbanization and finding new ways to manage complexity, increase efficiency, reduce expenses, and improve quality of life.”
So, this is a short report on the WBA Vision Forum 2015, but we saw many amazing things there. We hope you will experience those things very soon.