Thank You

speakers, partners, industry associations, delegates for making
20th edition Telecom Leadership Forum a stellar success.

Special Address: Rebooting the Economy

Leadership Chat: Evolving Telcos: Can they become the new FANG?

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
  • 20+
  • 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

Invited Speakers


09:45 AM Welcome Note:
  • Pradeep Gupta, Chairman, CyberMedia Group
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10:00 AM Special Address: Rebooting the Economy
  • K G Purushothaman, Partner and National Sector Leader, Telecommunications, KPMG
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10:10 AM Leadership Chat: Evolving Telcos: Can they become the new FANG?
  • Manoj Kohli, Country Head, Softbank India
  • Ibrahim Ahmad, Consulting Group Editor, CyberMedia
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10:30 AM Industry Keynote
  • Sanjay Kaul, President APAC & Japan, Service Providers Business-Cisco
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10:45 AM Keynote Address
  • Anshu Prakash, Chairman DCC & Telecom Secretary, Department of Telecommunications
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11:15 – 11:45 AM Fireside Chat: Creating the 5G Balance for Human, Machine & Data
  • Dr. Anand Agarwal, Group CEO, STL
  • T V Ramachandran, President, Broadband India Forum
  • Manoranjan (Mao) Mohapatra, CEO, Comviva
  • Moderated Pradeep Gupta, Chairman, Cybermedia Group
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11:45 PM 5G Enterprise - The next frontier for Business
  • Rohit Kaw, Director – Systems Engineering, Global Service Provider, Cisco Systems India Pvt Ltd
  • Session Chair: Vikram Tiwathia, Deputy Director General, COAI
  • Golok Kumar Simli, Chief of Technology, Ministry of External Affairs
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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
  • K Vikram, Sr Director - Industry Verticals, HPE-India
  • Ankit Agarwal, CEO, Connectivity Solutions, STL
  • Saurabh Kumar Sahu, MD & Client Group Lead, Communications, Media & Technology, Accenture India
  • Moderator: Sukanta Dey, Director, Sdela Consulting
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12:30 PM How enterprises and hyperscalers can benefit from 5G edge and network slicing ecosystem?
  • Pallav Palival, Head-Cloud Architecture, Bharti Airtel
  • Himanshu Gupta, Country Manager-CME, HPE India
  • Sudhir Kayamkulangara, Principal Engineer in Cisco Systems
  • Bhudutt Jangid, Consultant, Regional Field Systems Engineering, Ciena
  • Moderator: Sukanta Dey, Director, Sdela Consulting
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Can Made in India disrupt the global Telecom market: Where we are, what is missing, and what needs to be done?
  • Session Chair: Dr. Rajkumar Upadhyay, ED & Chairman, C-DOT
  • Hari Om Rai, Chairman & MD, Lava International
  • NK Goyal, Chairman Emeritus, TEMA & President, CMAI
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1:15 PM How to cope up with the new cloud-native era: Mobile cloud architectures and models
  • Jagbir Singh, CTO, Vodafone Idea
  • Sandeep Arora, Country Head & MD, Customer Experience, India & SAARC, CISCO
  • Mathangi Sandilya, Global Technology Lead & MD, Accenture
  • Moderator: Sukanta Dey, Director, Sdela Consulting
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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
  • Kailasnath Adhikari, Director, Happii Digital and Broadcasting Network
  • Srikanth G Rao, Media Software & Platforms industry Practice Lead, Accenture Advanced Centers for Technology in India
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2:00 PM SD-WAN, SASE, and intelligent automation: Where is enterprise networking technology headed?
  • Saurabh Mittal, Head- Solution and Integration , Network R&D, Bharti Airtel
  • Session Chair: Arun Karna, MD & CEO, AT&T India
  • Amit Malik, MD, Service Provider Segment, Asia Pacific Japan & Greater China, Cisco
  • K Vikram, Sr. Director Industry verticals, HPE
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Building infrastructure for Digital India: How India should losen its purse string? What the country should do and avoid
  • Gautam Billa, Senior Director, Field Systems Engineering, Ciena
  • Ashutosh Vasant, Director, RailTel
  • T R Dua, Director General, TAIPA
  • Session Chair: Dr. Jaijit Bhattacharya, President, Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research
  • K S Rao, CEO, Network Software & Service Business, STL
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2:45 PM Digital Banking: The Way Forward
  • Prasanna Lohar, Head-Digital I Innovation-DCB Bank
  • S Anand,CEO, PaySprint Private Limited
  • Monica Jasuja, Head of Product Management, Mobile Financial Solutions
  • Moderator: Ibrahim Ahmad,Consulting Group Editor, CyberMedia
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Market impact of Wi-Fi 6E: services, telco’s & more
  • Session Chair: Bharat Bhatia, President, ITU-APT
  • Nidhi Pandey, CTO, HPE India
  • Rakesh Upadhyay, CTO, ONEOTT intertainment
  • Satya N Gupta, Chairman of the Board, Bluetown India & Chairman, Bharat IPv6 Forum
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03:30 PM 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
  • Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director-IIT Madras
  • Prof Soumitra Dutta, Founder, Network Readiness Index; Founding Dean, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business
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04:35 V&D Telecom Leadership 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

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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