City Correspondent GUWAHATI, Dec 20 - The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) organised a one-day seminar titled ‘Smartphone Usage’ here today.
Dr Bhabesh Chandra Goswami speaking at the seminar. – UB Photos
Dr Bhabesh Chandra Goswami, Vice Chancellor of Cotton University, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said smartphones have completely transformed our day-to-day lives.
In his speech, Dr Goswami said, “Use of smartphones and social media have connected people on an unprecedented level. Today, smartphones are powerful and capable of any task and they have simplified modern technology for laymen’s use. But there is also a negative side. Too much dependence on smartphones is not advisable. Hence, it is of utmost importance that we use smartphones in a controlled way for our benefit.”
Delivering the keynote address, Sanjeev Banzal, advisor (CA), TRAI, said, “TRAI was established in 1997 by the Government of India and it has been operating for two decades now. TRAI has been instrumental in bringing a positive change to the telecom and mobile data sector in our country. TRAI makes recommendations to the government for the benefit of the consumers.”
He said TRAI has appealed to the Union government that the North East should be well connected to the rest of the country and they were working towards it.
Rupam Goswami, chairman of the Assam Chamber of Commerce, and Souvick Kumar Das, advisor, TRAI Regional Office, Kolkata, were also present in the seminar.
Many distinguished speakers from academia and industry addressed the participants and shared their knowledge.
Prof Ratnajit Bhattacharjee and Dr Salil Kashyap from IIT-Guwahati; Shruti Moghe, policy programme manager with Facebook; Suchitra Pyarelal, State Informatics Officer with NIC Assam also spoke on various topics during the technical session.
Issues related to smartphone usage like hardware and software features, operating systems, development over the years, OTT services and mobile apps, TRAI-developed apps and analytic portal, m-governance and m-payments and role of smart-phone in societal development were discussed.
Many officers of TRAI, telecom service providers, consumer advocacy groups and telecom consumers also participated in the programme.