Building upon the success of previous editions, India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) and Exhibitions India Group are set to return with the 28th edition of Convergence India Expo, co-located with the Internet of Things India Expo, EmbeddedTech India Expo and Mobile India Expo. This year also marks the launch of the much-awaited Fintech India Expo, as well as the Gamethon Expo. Convergence India 2020 Expo Convergence India 2020 Expo is an international platform for overseas and Indian exhibitors The Convergence India 2020 Expo is an international platform for overseas and Indian exhibitors to showcase cutting-edge innovations and latest digital technologies on: Broadcast & digital media; wire/wireless technologies (broadband, 4G, 5G); IoT; Cloud & Big Data; AR/VR; M2M; artificial intelligence; robotics; drones, and much more. Conference sessions organized alongside the expo will see informative discussions by sector experts, government representatives, digital innovators, international business gurus, etc. Visitors coming to the exhibition and the conference will get an opportunity to observe, interact and learn from the best in the industry, even as hectic business activity and negotiations take place behind the scene. FinTech India Expo The FinTech India Expo, with the theme ‘Exploring the era of Digital Money’, will provide an opportunity for fintech leaders, start-ups, professionals and industry experts to engage and explore the latest activity in the realm of emerging, new-age financial technologies. The FinTech sector has the potential to change the ways businesses function and bring them closer to the dream of Digital India. The expo will display applications and innovations in fields such as cryptocurrency, e-wallets, mobile banking & smartphones, cyber security, and electronic trading. Technology-intensive solutions on display Also showcased will be latest developments in risk management, financial/capital markets, start-ups/financial investors, banks/insurance and much more. Some of the domain leaders that have already confirmed participation including the Paytm Payment Bank, Tally Solutions, SettleMint India, Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Ltd., etc. Other globally renowned players participating in Convergence India 2020 include - Mediatek, Amazon, Dell, PTC, Panasonic, HiSilicon, Vector Informatik, BBNL, A2Z, etc. Shri Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group, said, “India is experiencing the advantages of Industry 4.0 on the back of a new generation of thinkers, innovators and businessman who are constantly pushing frontiers with the aim of advancing the country’s tech ecosystem. Fortunately, this breed of domain leaders is supported by a strong political will. As a result, technologically-intensive industries in India have gone from strength to strength in recent years. This event is envisioned as a collaborative platform for new partnerships and opportunities for global innovators to capitalize on and lead a tech-driven transformation on the national and international level.”
Since women and girls are subject to the threat of sexual harassment and violence worldwide, this May, One Mega Event 2018 will host a special session titled, Metropolitan strategies to achieve Safe Cities for women and girls: The NUA and SDG as a real opportunity at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. On 23 May, the networking event will share the first results of a research initiative carried out by Metropolis Network, and Women in Cities International (WICI) to map existing policies, programmes, and strategies being carried out by metropolitan governments and members of the association, around women’s safety in urban public spaces, a priority in both the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 and 11. While SDG 11 calls for making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, and is intrinsically linked to SDG 5 on gender equality, the NUA sets global standards in sustainable urban development. One of the key objectives Smart Cities Mission is to promote cities that provide 'smart' solutions for safety and security women, children and the elderly Smart Solutions For Safety And Security Though the Government of India is committed to both these agendas, when we take a closer look at how India is putting women at the center of the nation’s efforts to reduce inequality and injustice of every kind against women, there is a lot more happening. One of the key objectives of the government’s flagship Smart Cities Mission is to promote cities that provide 'smart' solutions for safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elderly. The mission opens new windows of opportunity for the Government to spur its goal of restructuring the nation in a gender sensitive manner. Affordable And Comfortable Transport Facilities Recognizing that partnerships and collaborations between citizens, local governments, the private sector and civil society organizations are essential, the critical session will see government representatives, urban experts, women’s organizations and community leaders discuss innovative and evidence based approaches, tools and best practices. “Though practical urban planning practices such as improved lighting and design of streets and public spaces, and reliable, affordable and comfortable public transport facilities are a major achievement for ensuring safety and security of women and girls in our society, urban spaces will become truly safe when all citizens change their mindset and actively contribute towards elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls,” said Mr LC Goyal, CMD, India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO). One Mega Event 2018 provides a platform that enables deeper communication and a more practical approach to resolving societal problems" Enhancing Sustainability And Quality Of Life Hosted by the ITPO and Exhibitions India Group, One Mega Event 2018 combines five leading expos – 2nd Buildings India 2018 expo, 3rd Solar India 2018 expo, 3rd Transport India 2018 expo, 4th Smart Cities India 2018 expo and 5th Water India 2018 expo. Together, they will analyze how technology and data are being used to enhance sustainability and quality of life of the citizens, and share insights and priorities that support investment, innovation and growth in order to establish India as a global hub for smart city skills, knowledge and technology. “One Mega Event 2018 provides a platform that enables deeper communication and a more practical approach to resolving societal problems and seizing business opportunities for a number of players working towards making smart cities a reality,” added Mr Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group. The expo has already attracted the attention of government leaders, city administrators, influential individuals/organizations, urban planners and architects, industry experts, urban innovators, and entrepreneurs, technology firms and utility companies, energy and transportation companies, various intellectual disciplines, etc.
Convergence India 2017 and IoT India expo 2017 was a record-breaker in terms of participation and attendance Convergence 2017 was all about connectivity – both in the form of the technologies displayed and launched and in the face-to-face business networking taking place throughout the show. Convergence India 2017, the 25th anniversary of South Asia’s largest gathering of innovation and connectivity in the ICT, broadcast and digital media industries, concluded. Digital India Introducing ground-breaking technologies and products, providing opportunities for companies to conduct business, and shattering records, the trade fair showcased the connected future of innovations. Thousands of industry experts and professionals convened in New Delhi to explore the theme of the conference, Digital India, and drive the ever-evolving technology industry forward. With 635 exhibiting companies and 18000 sq m exhibit space, Convergence India 2017, and the co-located Internet of Things India expo 2017 (IoT India expo 2017), was a record-breaker, both in terms of exhibitor participation and visitor attendance. The three-day event witnessed a record footfall of 19000 visitors and an overwhelming 46 per cent increase in exhibitor participation as compared to last year. Connectivity was a major focus throughout the three Convergence India conference tracks, which included 27 sessions, and the wider ecosystem of policy makers, business leaders, industry experts, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, innovators, and investors. "Devices at the hardware level need to be made more secure and consumer awareness needs to be generated" Renowned Attendees Convergence India 2017 welcomed official government representatives from around the world. Indian government leaders in attendance included the Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and Law and Justice, Shri PP Chaudhary, who inaugurated the trade show on February 8. Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology was the Guest of Honor at the opening ceremony. Other top level Indian government attendees included representatives from the DoT, DeiTY, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Home Affairs, Information & Broadcast Ministry, MTNL, C-DOT, TEC, TCIL, Prasar Bharati, BECIL, AIR, Doordarshan, etc. Stating that the integration of cloud, big data, mobility, connectivity and IoT is accelerating the pace of digital transformation across industries and is disrupting traditional business models giving rise to a new-age technology driven economy, Benoy CS, Director, Digital Transformation (ICT) Practice, Frost & Sullivan, said, “Partnerships will be the key differentiator for any successful IoT business model due to the massive heterogeneity in the ecosystem along with data security, which will also be an important element in this business,” adding that “Frost & Sullivan is proud to be the exclusive Knowledge Partner for the event.” Urging the government to provide ample support to industry and private players in addressing cyber security issues, Rahul Tyagi, Vice-President-Training, Lucideus, said, “Devices at the hardware level need to be made more secure and consumer awareness needs to be generated.” E-commerce In India During the session, ‘E-commerce in India: A Game Changer for New Customer Experience, Madhur Arora, Head-Digital Business & Strategy, Intex Technologies and Startup Mentor, India, said, “E-commerce has provided customers with huge choices and customers now have access to various brands. However, availability of products is a key factor in ensuring superior customer experience.” Sundeep Malhotra, Founder and Former CEO, Homeshop 18, stated, “E-commerce businesses in India currently are in the customer acquisition phase. These businesses need to develop a mind shift and a new line of thought apart from traditional concepts”. "Well-organized conferences such as Convergence India 2017 provide the platform to discuss relevant ideas, radical changes, and latest innovations" He added, “Well-organized conferences such as Convergence India 2017 provide the platform to discuss relevant ideas, radical changes, and latest innovations. Bringing the best and brightest minds and decision-makers under one roof to discuss the latest happenings and future trends broadens the horizons and opens more gates for new ideas to be implemented.” Great Exposure Exhibitors found the expo a great way to showcase their brands and gain enormous exposure. “We found the exhibition to be professionally managed and on par with any European event. Convergence India 2017 helped us connect with potential customers, and we were able to generate many leads. We look forward to participating in the next edition,” said Dr. Matthias Wurster, Vice President – Marketing & Business Development, UNLIMIT. Organized by the Exhibitions India Group, the event is supported by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the Digital India campaign. “Convergence India 2017 moved to a new level as big and small companies from around the world assembled to reveal solutions to meet the current and future needs of society. Our industry is touching lives through connectivity and innovation, and this connected world was on full display this week at Convergence India 2017,” said Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group.
Convergence India 2017 and Internet of Things India 2017 expo are unveiling the future of being connected The Convergence India 2017 expo and Internet of Things India 2017 expo (IoT India 2017) opened its doors, celebrating the 25th anniversary of South Asia's most influential and relevant trade event for the ICT, broadcast, and digital media industries. Ground-Breaking Technologies On Display The expo runs through Friday, February 10, in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, where 635 companies are showcasing ground-breaking technologies and services with new product launches. Organized by the Exhibitions India Group, the event is supported by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, and the Digital India campaign. Inaugurating the event, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and Law & Justice, PP Chaudhary said, “The government is making concentrated efforts to ensure the last mile connectivity of broadband services across the country to make Internet available to all. Digital India will ensure that government services are available to Indian citizens at all times. Aadhar has given digital identity to 1.11 billion citizens, making it a unique project in the world. Under the Jan Dhan Yojana Scheme, 260 million bank accounts have been opened.” Promoting Digital Transactions Speaking about demonetization, he said, “Demonetization has led to exponential growth in digital apps such as BHIM, RuPay, etc. A website has also been launched by the Ministry to make people aware about digital modes of payment.” While calling for private sector support, the Minister said, “Private sector support will uplift the Digital India initiative and help reach the bottom of the pyramid. Convergence India 2017 gives us the platform to showcase the initiative under this umbrella and provide opportunities for future collaboration. We welcome all your suggestions and recommendations.” "Private sector support will uplift the Digital India initiative and help reach the bottom of the pyramid" Guest of Honor at the event, Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, said, “For the first time in the history of humanity, it is being demonstrated that we all are very strongly connected. Machines and technology enable this connection and empower human beings in all spheres of life. We are moving into an era of autonomous digital from passive digital, which was started in the 70s. But the most important factor is that in the midst of the technology evolution, people should be at the center.” Nurturing Ideas And InnovationsTo nurture ideas and innovations (knowledge-based and technology-driven) into successful start-ups, Prof. Sharma said, “The Department of Science and Technology is bullish on innovations. DST runs 100 incubator programs across the country, incubating 2000 start-ups and we plan to increase that to 5000 in the next three years. A new program National Initiative for Development and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI), has been launched which offers seed funding of Rs. 1 crore. The Atal Innovation Mission has also been launched for the welfare of citizens.” Under the theme of Digital India, the event gathers an influential audience, including governments, key ICT industry players, international organizations, pioneering thinkers, consultants, academia, media and emergent players. The key players are responsible for enabling digital transformation and bringing to life smart technologies, products, services and the latest IoT innovations. Internet Of Things In consonance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a Digital India, along with new policies and regulations to accelerate the adoption of ICT in key economic and strategic sectors, there have been significant changes in the way we work and communicate. The digital economy is entering a new age in India with digital transformation giving rise to new and smart technologies. The Convergence India series of expos further stimulate this growth and accelerate the innovation in the Indian ICT industry. “As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convergence India expo, technology continues to move at a rapid pace and collaboration is often the best way for companies and governments to achieve long-term success. This year’s event not only provides the right platform for this exchange, but also showcases the next generation of innovations that will shape our future. And what an incredible way to celebrate 25 years of Convergence India with the launch of the Internet of Things India 2017 expo,” said Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Pvt. Ltd. "Rural Internet users will grow 40% annually for the next three years" From the latest in wearables, video analytics, telecommunications, security, systems integration, M2M solutions, data science, cloud services and applications development, Convergence India 2017 and Internet of Things India 2017 expo are unveiling the future of being connected. Cyber Security While addressing the delegates during the launch of Frost & Sullivan’s exclusive Whitepaper on Industry Outlook for the Indian Telecom and Broadcast Industry, Vidya S Nath, Research Director, Digital Media Practice, Frost & Sullivan, said, “India is poised to be among the top five economies in the world by 2020. Home to over a billion mobile subscribers and the second largest Internet user base in the world, India will become a force of reckoning for global businesses, policy, and technology advancement.” “Deploying country-wide fiber network and providing public Wi-Fi connectivity are crucial mandates for driving the Digital India and Make in India initiatives. Rural Internet users will grow 40% annually for the next three years, and video consumption on the Internet will grow five-fold by 2020. This will alter the course of the telecom and broadcast industries. SMAC along with cyber security and IoT will be the essential elements for an organization in India to drive its digital transformation strategy.” Frost & Sullivan is the exclusive Knowledge Partner for Convergence India 2017 and Internet of Things India Expo 2017.At the inaugural conference session, discussions focused on the Digital India 2020 priorities and building a successful digital service ecosystem. Bringing Together IoT Ecosystem "India will become a force of reckoning for global businesses, policy, and technology advancement" Convergence India expo, and the co-located IoT India expo, are spread over 18,000 sqm of area, bringing together the IoT ecosystem including hardware, services, software and governing bodies, covering development areas and the future of IoT in India including smart cities, wearable technologies, design applications, enablers, industrial IoT, and data analytics. Further add-ons at the expo are the Start-up planet, the Techknow conference and the Mobile Devices & Accessories Zone, providing budding entrepreneurs a platform to present innovative ideas, exchange information, and network with industry, government, and other stakeholders. With the unique combination of knowledge sharing conference sessions, workshops and technology display, the event provides an opportunity to experience, understand, and address various issues of the ICT sector. The event will create a host of networking opportunities, connecting exhibitors, delegates, countries, organizations, and individuals to explore new business opportunities. The inaugural event was attended by key government officials, telecom players, MSO’s, cable TV professionals, system integrators, broadcasters, telecom and satellite operators, distributors, information technology & network security experts, among others.Show Highlights 635 international and domestic exhibitors 3 concurrent conference tracks 27 conference sessions with over 150 speakers 20,000 trade visitors expected 45% bigger, better, and smarter than previous year
Convergence India 2016 expo will host opportunities to discover the latest technology and solutions With the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India campaign, the Indian government has a vision to build a “digital India” where 1.2 billion connected Indians drive innovation. Digital India Launch Ceremony India today is on the radar screen of the world’s biggest Internet and telecom behemouths as they view new business opportunities. At the ‘Digital India’ launch ceremony, Indian companies including Aditya Birla Group, Bharti Group, Reliance Industries, Reliance Group, Tata Group, Vedanta Group, etc. committed investments exceeding Rs. 4.5 lakh crore (US$68 billion) towards this campaign. Other technology companies including Amazon, Foxconn, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, and Qualcomm etc. have expressed support to the prime minister, and have allocated budgets to invest in the Digital India campaign. Facebook alone, has joined hands with BSNL with an allocation of Rs. 5 crore per annum to sponsor 100 wi-fi hotspots in rural western and southern India. India is in the midst of a digital revolution, and the 24th edition of Convergence India 2016 expo at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 20 – 22 January 2016 will showcase the latest trends and technologies to contribute towards the ‘Digital India’ vision. “Convergence India expo was launched 28 years ago because we envisioned India to be a leading ICT country. This sector is the foundation to India’s growth story, and its transformation into a global economy. Exhibitions India Group will continue to play a prominent role in the progression to a digitally empowered society”, said Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Group. Insights Into The Technologies And Services Of Tomorrow With over 500 companies from world over showcasing cutting-edge products, services and technologies, the 2016 edition of Convergence India expo is expected to attract more than 15,000 visitors from 30 countries. The three-day international exhibition and conference will provide the ICT fraternity valuable insights into the technologies and services of tomorrow. At Convergence India 2016 expo, visitors can network with leading industry players from around the globe. The Convergence India series of expos receive support from the Government of India, and industry associations including the Broadband India Forum (BIF), Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA), The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Electronic Industries Association of India, The Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI), Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association of India (TEMA), CMAI etc. The event is also promoted by international associations like Asia- Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC), The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), and the World Teleport Association (WTA), Wimax Forum, UMTS Forum, etc. Convergence India 2016 expo will host opportunities to discover the latest technology and solutions. Demonstrating the potential for the fast-growing ICT market, the expo will be centered around the key pillars of the Digital Revolution – Innovations, Mobility, Security, 5G/4G/LTE, wireless technologies, Infrastructure and network solutions, Cloud, Big Data, M2M, IoT, OTT, Multi-screen Technology, Wearables & Apps and Satellite Communications and Services, etc.
The event showcased emerging technologies in telecom, IT, broadcast, Pay TV and digital media The information technology sector is rapidly growing in Africa, providing a plethora of opportunities for global companies to share their technologies and do business in this continent. Recognizing this potential, Exhibitions India Group (EIG) – India’s leading trade promotion organization had brought its trademark expo “Convergence India” to Africa. Bringing this expertise to the African market, EIG has organized Convergence Africa World 2015 International ICT exhibition & conference at Oshwal Centre (Parklands), Nairobi, Kenya. The three day expo was held between 17-19 June 2015. Event Showcased Emerging Technologies The event showcased emerging technologies in telecom, IT, broadcast, Pay TV and digital media. Participants included industry officials from telecom, IT, broadcasters, radio & television broadcasting solution providers, technology providers, telcos, ISPs, and government representatives among others. The exhibition and conference was inaugurated by Ambassador D. N. O Awori, Chairman, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). Present at the ceremony were, Mr. Kris Senanu, Chairman, Telecommunication Service Providers of Kenya (TESPOK); and the other eminent personalities attending the expo included Ms. Anne Wangari Kirima, Chairperson, KENINVEST; and Prof Gituro Wainaina, Director General, Kenya Vision 2030, Ambassador of Thailand in Kenya, Pakistan High Commissioner. Introduced Domestic & International Companies In African Market The three day long expo not only introduced domestic and international companies in the African market, but also hosted a two day long conference consisting of knowledgeable sessions with senior dignitaries from govt. and corporate. The conference witnessed industry veterans like Michael Macharia, Chairman- KITOS, Chairman - IT sector Governing board -KEPSA, Founder & CEO -Seven Seas Technologies Group; Dr. Enock Kinara, Postmaster General and CEO, Postal Corporation of Kenya; Prof. Bitange Ndemo, Associate Professor, The University of Nairobi; Eng. John Tanui, CEO, Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA); Joe Frans, CEO of NGB Ghana and TV expert on Africa etc. Connecting Africa, Internet for All, Future of Africa’s Telecom, Digital Media and ICT Markets, Kenya Vision 2030, Pay TV, The Evolution of Television in Africa and Cloud & Big Data are among some of the key conferences held at Convergence Africa World 2015 expo. Exhibition Was Bursting With Latest Technologies "With Convergence Africa World 2015 expo, our objective was to provide a platform to deliberate on convergence of services.." says Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Exhibiting companies included Airtel, Conax, River Silica Technologies, Matrix Comsec, ABOX42 GmbH, Birla Ericsson Optical Limited, Horizon Broadcast Electronics to name a few. The exhibition was bursting with latest technologies in the telecom, broadcast, Internet and media industry. On the successful completion of the expo, Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Pvt. Ltd, said, “With Convergence Africa World 2015 expo, our objective was to provide a platform to deliberate on convergence of services, focusing on new-age technologies and merging business solutions that harness the young population to create a wave of technological transformation in the continent.” Elaborating further, S.J. Singh, President, Exhibitions India said, “Overall the expo rendered a prolific experience for all participating delegates, exhibitors and visitors. Convergence Africa World will return with a succeeding chapter in June 2016.” The event is being jointly developed by Exhibitions India Group and AfriEXPOS, a Nairobi based expo organizer.
Event is expected to play a catalytic role through the display of technologies, products & services Recognizing Africa as the next global economic growth factory, the Convergence Africa World 2015 expo is coming to Nairobi, Kenya from 17 - 19 June 2015. The annual international series of Convergence India expos are created and staged by Exhibitions India Pvt. Ltd, a leading trade promotion organization from India. Meaningful Interface Between Governments, Businesses, Media & Academia Exhibitions India Group’s mission has been to build a meaningful interface between governments, businesses, media and academia, etc., through the platform of international trade expos. In India, the group has been an integral part of the development of the telecom, broadcast and IT sectors, and has successfully hosted 23 editions of the Convergence India series of expos in New Delhi. The inaugural “Convergence Africa World 2015 expo” is designed to inspire, inform, and connect the continents telecom, broadcast and ICT community. The annual Convergence Africa World series of expos, are expected to play a catalytic role through the display of technologies, products and services; creating networking opportunities with world leaders; and through the knowledge sharing conference sessions and workshops. Growth in Africa’s technology space is rapidly changing the continent’s macroeconomic landscape. Most African governments are embracing wide-ranging communication solutions for voice, data & video. Internet access and IT is a crucial plank of their development plans. Augment Telecom, Broadcast & Digital Industry With this sectors dynamic growth, the Convergence Africa World series of expos come at an appropriate time to augment the telecom, broadcast and digital industry of the continent. Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India Pvt. Ltd, said, “We foresee immense potential in the African market, and we endeavor to assist companies to leverage this platform for their benefit.” Elaborating further, S. J Singh, President, Exhibitions India said, “Convergence Africa World 2015 expo is full of opportunities and a must-attend for anyone who wants to break into or confirm their position in the telecom, broadcast, IT & digital media industry in Africa.” "We foresee immense potential in the African market, and we endeavor to assist companies to leverage this platform for their benefit" Some prominent companies exhibiting at the expo are ABOX42 GmbH, Airtel, Birla Ericsson Optical Limited, Conax AS, Ericsson, Horizon Broadcast Electronics, Media Guru, Matrix Comsec Pvt. Ltd, and RiverSilica Technologies Pvt. Ltd among others. Convergence Africa World 2015 expo will also witness country pavilions by India and Pakistan. Focus Areas IT Software & Hardware Telecommunications & Networking Solutions and Equipment Broadcast Technologies Security & Surveillance Equipment and Solutions DTH - TV Systems Mobile Money Satellite Delivery Systems Mobile Devices and Accessories, etc. Key Highlights International exhibition and conference on convergence of Telecom, IT, Broadcast & Digital Media Industries 100+ exhibitors from across the globe Concurrent Conference sessions on key issues during days of the expo, with 50 speakers from across the globe 1000+ conference delegates 4000+ trade visitors This event is being jointly developed by Exhibitions India Group and AfriEXPOS, a Nairobi based expo organizer. To further promote emerging companies in the region, an “Innovation Zone” at the expo will have 25 start-ups showcasing their products and services. As we move towards an era of globally connected economies, Africa will be the next growth engine providing for the global ICT sector.