ET Telecom: World Telecom Day Ft. Neil Shah

Our Research Vice President Neil Shah is joining the event ‘ET Telecom Celebrates World Telecom Day’. He will be moderating a panel discussion on the 17th May 2023. More details below:

Title: Roundtable: Realising India’s 5G vision
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2023
Time: 04:21 PM – 05:20 PM IST

  • RK Pathak, DDG (IC), Department of Telecommunications (DOT)
  • Satkeerthi Muralidharan, CTO, Airtel Business
  • Farooq Ahmed, Lead – Medical Engineering & Special Initiatives, Tele Health at Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Limited
  • Dr. Ir. Ng. Thiaw Seng, Head of Network Solutions, Strategic Network Evolution Market Area South East Asia, Oceania & India Ericsson
  • Neil Shah, Partner & Research VP, Counterpoint Research (Moderator)


With a fastest 5G rollout across the world, India is set to reap digital dividends making a significant contribution to the economy.

On the occasion of World Telecommunications Day on May 17, ETTelecom brings you a special initiative to talk about the year gone by, and industry’s roadmap for 5G.

Through a series of industry Webinars, virtual roundtables, and opinion articles, we recognise the role of ecosystem players who contributed immensely to the country’s digital drive and infrastructure development enabling seamless connectivity especially during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The industry executives, experts and veterans will discuss India’s digital roadmap, and the role of 5G as well as building blocks for 6G technology.

Register here: 

To get live updates you can watch this space or follow us on Twitter 

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Virtual Summit: ET Telecom: The 5G Congress 2021

Our Research Vice President Neil Shah and Associate Research Director Gareth Owen will be attending the “5G Congress 2021” by ET Telecom on 25th and 26th February 2021.

Overview of the event:

The fifth-generation (5G) technology is set to bring the next wave of disruption in the telecom sector, with an array of cross-industry applications that are poised to further boost telecom carriers’ income.

With an ambition to become a full-service digital service provider with open technology architecture, it is high time to closely engage with network vendors to offer low latency-backed communication services, bringing the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) into the mainstream.

India’s telecom sector, in the efforts of enabling policies including more quantum of the spectrum, is set to establish new benchmarks in the next-generation network deployments and service delivery.

ETTelecom will conduct The 5G Congress on both days where we will discuss roadmap for the next generation 5G network along with use cases, device ecosystem and India’s regulatory environment. An executive training programme will also be hosted on Day 2, in parallel with the summit.

Registration link: here

Session details:

Neil Shah and Gareth Owen will be moderating two sessions at the event. Session details are below:

Topic: Making 5G Use Cases Right & Relevant

Moderator: Neil Shah

About: The next-generation technology is poised to bring in India-specific use cases across industry verticals that may fetch more revenue for the telecom carriers. Not just for consumers, 5G is going to enable a lot of new use cases. India’s DoT has already selected 100 such use cases under 5G hackathon and will select more under the phase 2. The panel will discuss how 5G will enable use cases with the help of technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The panelists will discuss 5G utilities in everyday’s life and immediate ways to address ecosystem challenges.


• A K Mishra, Director, National Smart Grid Mission
• Pamela Kumar, Director General, TSDSI
• Kapil Mehrotra, Group CTO, National Collateral Management Services
• Vijayaraman Subramanian, Managing  Director, Verizon India
• Sundi Raman, Head- IoT, Bharti Airtel

Topic: 5G Network in India: Core and Backhaul transformation with new age technologies

Moderator: Gareth Owen

About:  With the introduction of 5G, telcos have an opportunity to become Universal Service Providers, offering a complete range of telecom services. To enable new capabilities and capture new business, telcos need to evolve to a cloud native 5G Core and strengthen its backhaul. There will also be a need to create truly virtualized networks for automation and orchestration to allow faster creation and monetization of services, while giving operators the ability to best optimize the performance of their networks. The panel will discuss the need for brownfield networks and how prepared Greenfield networks are in India.


• Mudit Agarwal, EVP Technology Strategy and Planning, Vodafone Idea
• Aayush Bhatnagar, Senior Vice President- Technology, Jio
• Sandeep Gupta, EVP (Network Strategy & Architecture), Bharti Airtel Ltd
• Ludvig Landgren, Head of Digital Services, Market Area South East Asia, Oceania and India, Ericsson
• Anand Bhaskar, Managing Director, Service Provider Business, Cisco India & SAARC

For more information on the event and registration link for the sessions, click here.

To get live The 5G Congress 2021 updates you can watch this space or follow us on Twitter .

ET Telecom Presents Digital Telco: Virtual Summit '20

Our Research Vice President Neil Shah will be moderating a panel discussion at the Digital Telco Virtual Summit ’20. The event runs from 18th to 19th September 2020.

The details for the panel discussion are below:

Topic:  Managing the transition towards advanced 5G


Time: 18th September 2020 | 3:40 PM – 4:40 PM

An overview of the event:

With next-generation technologies at the horizon, the Indian telecom sector, passing through turbulent times, is eyeing newer business opportunities, as the carriers strategically overhaul their architecture to become digital service providers. Embracing innovation to enable technology transformation is no more a second thought for telcos, as they must deliver faster, smarter and on-demand services with high resilience.

Telcos, thus, are increasingly embracing open cloud architecture as a part of their cloud-native approach to step up transformation as a next-generation service operator. While at the onset of a new decade, marred with the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses worldwide have already started to reshape their operational models. It is high time for telecom carriers to closely collaborate with technology and IT infrastructure providers to redefine strategies, create new revenue streams and stay competitive in the market driven by cloud computing, the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence and blockchain.

The virtual summit, organized by, will bring top executives from telecom carriers, technology & infrastructure providers, and regulatory & government officials together to deliberate potential strategies and bottlenecks in India’s digital transformation.

In this two-day summit, Day 1 will discuss challenges & opportunities in the telecom sector and Day 2 will have an executive training program.

Register for the event here.

To get live Digital Telco Virtual Summit updates you can watch this space or follow us on Twitter 

You can find more information about the event here.

ET Telecom Awards 2020

Our Research Vice President Neil Shah and Associate Director Tarun Pathak will be heading the jury at ET Telecom Awards 2020 on 18th September 2020. Awards aims to recognise and showcase the best telecom products, apps, services, technologies and initiatives in India.

The Awards also seeks to identify and celebrate innovative telecom companies and their inspiring leaders who have excelled in the field of network technologies, operations, new implementations, innovative products and services.

Entries for the Awards are submitted online by companies and stakeholders in the telecom ecosystem in India. The winners of the Awards will be felicitated during the ETTelecom Digital Telco Virtual Summit.

You can find the shortlisted companies for the awards here.

To get live ET Telecom Awards 2020 updates you can watch this space or follow us on Twitter 

Find more information about the event, visit the website here.

Webinar: COVID-19: Way Forward for Handset Brands in India

Our Associate Director Tarun Pathak will be speaking at the ET Telecom Webinar on April 30th 2020 at 11 AM-12 PM IST. The topic of the webinar is “COVID-19: Way Forward for Handset Brands in India”.

About the webinar:

The ongoing lockdown in India to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted operations of handset makers. Handset brands and their partners are urging the government to consider mobile phones and related hardware as essential goods and have also recommended allowing the sale and service through offline and online retail channels. The panel will discuss immediate challenges and what handset brands could do to revive sales once the lockdown is over.

Discussion Points:
• Support from the government to resume operations with 100% capacity
• How to revive demand once the lockdown ends
• Learnings from the Chinese market
• New business models and strategy
• New partnerships and channel strategy
• 5G preparations

Who Should Attend?
• Policymakers
• Regulatory Officials
• Telecom Executives
• Handset companies
• Offline retailers
• E-Commerce executives

Register for the webinar here.

Post Event Coverage: ET Telecom the 5G Congress: Deploying Network Architecture to Make a 5G Call

Our Research Director, Neil Shah moderated a panel on “Deploying Network Architecture to Make a 5G Call” at the 5G Congress held by ET Telecom.

It was a great pleasure and fun to moderate the hottest topic on the potential, deployment strategies, timeline and outlook for the cutting edge 5G tech in India, the second largest mobile & tech market in the world at The Economic Times.

The key 5G applications to revolutionize India, polling these panelists:

✔️Fixed Wireless Access (Wireless Broadband)
✔️Smart Healthcare
✔️Smart Real-Time Monitoring – Transportation, Infrastructure
✔️ Smart Education
✔️Smart Agriculture

Following is a video of the panel discussion:

Meet Counterpoint at 5G Congress, 2019

Counterpoint will be attending 5G Congress from August 01 – 02

Our director Neil Shah will be attending 5G Congress, 2019 as an eminent speaker. You can schedule a meeting with him to discuss the latest trends in the technology, media and telecommunications sector and understand how our leading research and services can help your business.

To get live 5G Congress updates you can watch this space or follow us on Twitter 

Click here to schedule a meeting with him.

Read more about 5G Congress

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