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Convergence India: In Pictures

NEW DELHI –- Convergence India –- What can I tell you? It was hot.

The food, that is. And the weather.

But what else was there to note about this week's New Delhi gathering of vendors, carriers, regulators, and government representatives?

Well, wireless technologies of all sorts stood out on the show floor (five halls), including 802.11-based wireless mesh, 3G, and WiMax, which was particularly prominent. (See India on Edge Over 3G and Google Earth Mash-Up Helps Mesh Mumbai.)

Among the WiMax vendors with a significant show floor presence were Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) , and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), which housed its demo in a Tuk-Tuk on its stand.

Indeed, housing wireless equipment in small vehicles was the order of the day at the Pragati Maidan Show Halls in New Delhi, as UTStarcom Inc. (Nasdaq: UTSI) had some mobile base station gear installed on a jeep outside one of the show entrances.

The Delhi showgrounds are extensive, but there was never any danger of getting lost.

There was a pleasant welcome inside from a hyperactive local version of Winnie the Pooh, who was doing his bit for test equipment vendor Willtek Communications GmbH .

Broadband is also a hot topic in India at the moment. This year has been designated by the Indian government as the "Year of Broadband" as the main carriers work to boost the number of broadband connections from the current 2.1 million to 20 million by 2010.

A DSL connection costs 250 Rupees (US$5.74) from incumbent Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) , while its sister fixed operator carrier Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) is already pushing the IPTV services that will be launched properly in April.

And as you drive away from the show grounds at the end of the day there are plenty of sights to see. Many of the main roads in New Delhi are surrounded and lined by lush green vegetation and trees, and home, consequently, to a fantastic variety of exotic birds, some of whom found their way into the show halls.

There are also the magnificent, and sometimes crumbling, edifices that are dotted around the city, none more immediately imposing than the Red Fort. There wasn't enough time for a proper visit on this trip, so we only got a view of one side as we sped past in the wild traffic. Maybe we'll get a better look on the next Light Reading road trip to the Subcontinent.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

LightCycle 12/5/2012 | 3:11:20 PM
re: Convergence India: In Pictures > Many of the main roads in Delhi are surrounded and lined by
> lush green vegetation and trees...

You sure about Ray? Everytime I've been to Delhi the leaves on trees are more brown than green with dust and grime from the polution in the city.

You're just being polite aren't you... ;)
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:11:19 PM
re: Convergence India: In Pictures Exactly. In this picture, the cows are roaming the streets looking for grass:


Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:11:19 PM
re: Convergence India: In Pictures "He's from England, so Delhi's vegetation probably looks lush by comparison."

This from a Texan?
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:11:19 PM
re: Convergence India: In Pictures He's from England, so Delhi's vegetation probably looks lush by comparison.

lightgo 12/5/2012 | 3:11:18 PM
re: Convergence India: In Pictures That used to be the case until a few years ago. I've been to Delhi every few years, and while you could get black smog into your nose by the time you come home, and if you wipe your face the towel had black marks due to dust and grime, the times have changed now.

With mandatory CNG-powered vehicles, vehicular pollution is almost non-existent. The air is actually quite clean. And most areas of south Delhi are as upscale as it can be.

Also, many areas of Delhi have indeed more trees than most of the large cities in the world. They were meticulous in planting trees, and it now shows. The usual crowd and dirt on the road is still there, but that's the sign of very high populatio density.
light_geeking 12/5/2012 | 3:11:18 PM
re: Convergence India: In Pictures Hot food, hot weather, and lush vegetation!. Wow, two out of three ain't bad.

People pay uber moola in US to migrate to warm places (think Arizona, Nevada, Florida, etc.). And you get hot weather for the taking in New Delhi. Not bad. Well all kidding aside, I think the best time to host telecom (or any other technology shows) is during mid to late Feb, when the weather in India is good and most of the western world is in last throws of winter season.

As far as hot food, never understood why they don't have the US system of mild, medium, and hot categories. I think if they did that, it would be quite welcome.

As far as lush green vegetation, there is plenty of it in India. Usually conferences are held in metro cities. Even though metro cities have their fair share of lush green vegetation (with a good blend of pollution) there is more lush green vegetation (and much less pollution) in the countryside. But no pubs in the countryside so that could perhaps explain why the affinity for metro cities for conferences there :-)

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