Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) in association with FICCI has hosted the WBA Vision Forum 2015 and introduced its first initiative in India to discuss the transformational role of Wi-Fi in Connected City Deployments by brining together close to 200 executives & experts from around the world.

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Speaking at the occasion, Ashish Khetan, Vice Chairman, Government of Delhi, said:

“I would like to congratulate Wireless Broadband Alliance for launching the Connected City Advisory Board initiative which will have leading cities from around the world join together to enable the vision for Connected Cities. This provides a great platform for city managers and CIOs to share knowledge and learn from best practices. I am happy to announce that the Government of Delhi has decided to join the Connected City Advisory Board and will be working in close association with WBA and ecosystem partners to develop Connected City plans and blue prints & create public-private ecosystems for collaboration. We see this association playing a major role helping our vision for city wide Wi-Fi.”

Adding to the discussion, Shrikant Shenwai, CEO, WBA, said:

“We are excited that the first ever WBA Vision Forum in India initiated a thought-provoking and candid dialogue on the opportunities and challenges associated with delivering transformational connectivity for the IndianGovernment’s 100 Smart Cities Program. And we are elated to further develop this initiative with the Delhi Government who has decidedbecome the first city to sign up for the Connected City Advisory Board.”

MP Rajeev Chandrashekar, Ministry ICT/DoT, said:

“I would like to congratulate WBA for this promising initiative. WBA Vision Forum has provided a very interactive platform for knowledge sharing amongst key players in the telecom ecosystem. This dialogue will be the beginning of endless possibilities towards the better, connected India.”, said MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Ministry ICT/DoT

Aruna Sundarraj, Secretary, Govt. of India and Head of USFO Fund & Managing Director of Bharat Government said,

“I acknowledge the fact that Wi-Fi will play a transformational role in building the Smart Cities and it will work as a robust platform for a better, connected India. The global population continues to grow at a steady pace& more and more people are moving to cities every single day, accordingly, there is a crying need for the cities to get smarter to handle this large-scale urbanization and finding new ways to manage complexity, increase efficiency, reduce expenses, and improve quality of life.”

Rajan S. Mathews, Director General, COAI, said:

“We are glad to have taken the first step towards putting the foundation stone towards a better connected future. All the players in the telecom ecosystem should come together to perpetuate the success of this initiative taken by WBA and ensure the sustained realization of the Smart Cities, connected cities vision.”

The ‘100 Smart Cities’ mission proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this year encourage implementation of smart solutions to all the development issues & complications for proficient use of available assets, resources & infrastructure. The WBA founded the connected City Advisory Board to help deliver the vision of Connected Cities pursued by a growing number of cities from around the world. It provides exclusive platform for City Managers and CIOs to knowledge-share and create best practices with their counterparts in other cities and also determine the best way to leverage public-private partnerships.

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