About TLF

As India’s leading and the first telecom industry magazine, Voice&Data has been chronicling the journey of the telecom ecosystem in India since the first telecom policy was announced to open up the sector. The publication has been an industry voice, actively highlighting its achievements, underlining the challenges and advocating for policy updates and changes, playing an independent role of the fourth pillar to drive and influence factors of growth. The CyberMedia Group publication has also been motivating the industry to do more, better and innovate by recognizing the leaders and trailblazers.

Keeping up with its tradition, Voice&Data brings to you the 20th edition of annual Telecom Leadership Forum and Awards – a meeting of the telecom leaders and other key stake holders from India and across. It is a platform to meet, discuss, and explore new and emerging business models, technology options, revenue streams and changing customer expectations. Over the years, the platform has also evolved as the confluence of policymakers, thinktank, and the executioners to come together and set the direction for the growth of the industry.

Connect with Decision Makers and Influencers of Telecom ecosystem.

Key Highlights

  • 1 Day
    Virtual Forum & Awards
  • 2 Parallel Tracks - Technology, Strategy
  • 30+
  • 50+ Industry Speakers
  • 1000 + Targeted Attendees
  • Power Hour CEO Roundtable
  • Fire Side
  • One on One Sessions
    with Industry Leaders
  • Jury & Leadership
  • Networking Lounge
  • Technology Booth
  • Live Polls
  • Live Chat with Attendees
  • Exclusive Branding
  • Live Social Feeds


10:00 - 10:10 AM P1: Special Address: Rebooting the Economy
  • K G Purushothaman, Partner and National Sector Leader, Telecommunications, KPMG
10:10 - 10:30 AM P2: Leadership Chat: Evolving Telcos: Can they become the new FANG?
  • Manoj Modi, Director, Reliance Jio and Reliance Retail Ltd
  • Karan Bajwa, VP, Asia Pacific, Google Cloud, India
  • Som Satsangi, MD, HPE-India
  • Manoj Kohli, Country Head, Softbank India
  • Gopal Vittal, CEO, Bharti Airtel
  • Rajan Anandan, MD, Sequoia Capital
  • Dave West, President, Asia Pacific, Japan & China, CISCO
10:30 - 10:45 AM P3: Industry Keynote
  • Sanjay Kaul, President APAC & Japan, Service Providers Business-Cisco
10:45 – 11:00 AM P4: Keynote Address
  • Anshu Prakash, Chairman DCC & Telecom Secretary, Department of Telecommunications
11:00 – 11:15 AM P5: Keynote Address: Telecom for accelerating the Human Capital Index
  • PD Vaghela, Chairman, TRAI
  • Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog
11:15 – 11:45 AM P6: Fireside Chat: Creating the 5G Balance for Human, Machine & Data
  • Tareq Amin, Group CTO, Rakuten
  • Dr. Anand Agarwal, Group CEO, STL
  • Anand Bhaskar, MD, Service Providers Business-Cisco
  • T V Ramachandran, President, BIF
  • Moderated by Pradeep Gupta, Chairman, Cybermedia Group
11:45 - 12:45 PM Cisco - Leadership Roundtable
11:45 – 12:30 PM T1: Where is the data center and network technology headed in the Next Normal?
  • Prof Veezhinathan Kamakoti, Dept of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT-Madras
  • Pradipt Kapoor CIO, Bharti Airtel
  • Mudit Agrawal, EVP - Technology, Vodafone Idea
  • Rajesh Chainani - MD, SP Network & Cloud APJ, CISCO
S1: Supporting the Digital India dream: How ready is the telecom sector (regulatory challenges, competition and the evolving customer needs)
  • Akhil Gupta, Vice-Chairman, Bharti Enterprises
  • P Balaji, Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer Vodafone Idea Limited
  • Lt. Gen Dr. S P Kochhar, Director General, COAI
  • K Vikram, Sr Director - Industry Verticals, HPE-India
  • Manoranjan (Mao) Mohaptra, Executive Director & CEO, Comviva
  • Ankit Agrawal, CEO, Connectivity Solutions, STL
12:30 – 1:15 PM T2: How enterprises and hyperscalers can benefit from 5G edge and network slicing ecosystem?
  • Shyam Mardikar, President - Group CTO Mobility, Reliance Jio
  • Pallav Palival, Head-Cloud Architecture, Bharti Airtel
  • Himanshu Gupta, Country Manager, HPE India
  • Suhas Mansingh, VP Engineering, CISCO
S2: Can Made in India disrupt the global Telecom market: Where we are, what is missing, and what needs to be done?
  • Rajkumar Upadhyay, ED & Chairman, C-DOT
  • Dr. Hari Om Rai, Chairman & MD, Lava International
  • Manu Jain, Vice President-Xiaomi & Managing Director-Mi India
  • Sunil Dutt, President-Devices, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited
  • NK Goyal, Chairman Emeritus, TEMA & President CMAI Association of India
1:15 – 2:00 PM T3:How to cope up with the new cloud-native era: Mobile cloud architectures and models
  • Jagbir Singh, CTO, Vodafone Idea
  • Bikram Singh Bedi, Head Google Cloud, India
  • Puneet Chandok, President, AWS India and South Asia
  • Sandeep Arora, MD, Customer Experience, CISCO
  • Mathangi Sandilya, Global Technology Lead & MD, Accenture
S3: How to build the OTT ecosystem: Can telcos do the tango? (including the impact of notification bringing OTT under I&B)
  • Chandrasekar Ramamoorthy, Co-founder, Mozark
  • Zee5 / AltBalaji /Netflix
  • Akamai
  • R Jio
2:00 – 2:45 PM T4: SD-WAN, SASE, and intelligent automation: Where is enterprise networking technology headed?
  • Prateek Pashine, President - Enterprise Business, Reliance Jio Infocomm/
  • Ayush Bhatnagar, Sr. VP, Reliance Jio
  • Randeep Sekhon, CTO Bharti Airtel
  • Arun Karna, MD & CEO, AT&T India
  • Amit Malik, MD, Cisco
  • K Vikram, Sr. Director Industry verticals-HPE
  • Industry Speaker-Ciena?
S4: Building infrastructure for Digital India: How India should losen its purse string? What the country should do and avoid
  • Hari Ranjan Rao, Joint Secretary (Telecom), DoT
  • T R Dua, Director General, TAIPA
  • Dr. Jaijit Bhattacharya, President, Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research
  • Pankaj Mohindoo, Chairman, ICEA
  • Industry Speaker-STL
  • K S Rao, CEO, Network Software & Service Business, STL
2:45 – 3:30 PM T5: Digital Banking: The Way Forward
  • Deepak Sharma, CDO, Kotak Mahindra Bank
  • Manish Tiwari, Sr. VP & Global CISO, Airtel/
  • Brijesh Dutta, EVP & CISO, Reliance JIO
  • Srinivas Nidugondi, EVP & COO, Digital Financial Solutions, Comviva
S5: Market impact of Wi-Fi 6E: services, telco’s & more
  • Pravin Kumar Purwar, CMD, BSNL
  • Bharat Bhatia, President, ITU-APT
  • Abhijit Kishore, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Vodafone Idea Limited
  • Industry Speaker-HPE
03:30 – 04:15 PM P7: Panel Discussion:
The innovation game: Policies and framework to foster talent and technology for a sustainable, inclusive, socio-economic growth?
  • Dr. R S Sharma, Former Chairman-TRAI
  • Harmeen Mehta, Chief Digital & Innovation Officer, BT
  • Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director-IIT Madras
  • Prof Soumitra Dutta, Founder, Network Readiness Index; Founding Dean, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
04:15 – 04:35 PM P8: Special Address
  • Dr. Kailasavadivoo Sivan, Chairman, ISRO
04:35 – 04:55 PM V&D Awards

Who Should Attend

  • Policy Makers, Regulators/ Govt. Bodies
  • CEO’/CTO’s/CXO’s of Service Providers
  • CIO/IT Heads of Enterprise Users
  • Academia/R&D Experts
  • VAS /Cloud /Content Service Providers
  • CXO’s of Defence/Citizen Networks
  • Start-ups & Investors
  • Influencers and Consultants

Invited Speakers

Jury Meet

18th December 2020

Jury Members

Dr. R S Sharma

Former Chairman
( Jury Chair )

Dr. Anand Agarwal

Group CEO
( Jury Co-Chair )

Manoj Kohli

Country Head
Softbank India
( Jury Co-Chair )

Prof Veezhinathan Kamakoti

Dept of Computer Science & Engineering
IIT Madras

Sanjay Kaul

President Asia Pacific & Japan, Service Providers Business

N K Goyal

President, Chairman Emeritus-CMAI

T V Ramachandran


Lt. Gen Dr, S P Kochhar

Director General

Manu Jain

Vice President-Xiaomi & Managing Director
Mi India

Pradeep Gupta


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