India is the partner country for Cebit 2012, the 11th Cebit to be hosted in Australia.
To reinforce the opportunity Mr Pilot said that it was not just a case of selling to the cities, but into rural and regional India as the Government had committed to link 250,000 small Indian villages with an optical fibre network over the next two years.
According to NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell who spoke at the conference opening the State already conducts $2 billion of trade with India. But the trade in ICT between the two countries is lower - $1.5 billion according to Sam Mittal, the president of India’s IT industry body Nasscom.
Indian technology companies were well represented at the Cebit exhibition, with a delegation of 80 people making the trip from India to Cebit.
The four exhibition halls at Cebit were well populated on the opening day, with a who’s who of the technology industry showing their wares. More than 500 exhibitors are represented at the show.
Organisers say that more than 30,000 people have registered for the exhibition.
The event, which runs until Thursday, features the exhibition and seven separate conference streams.