India 21 November 2016: “As a member of the telecom fraternity, we hail the RoW (Right of Way) notification issued by the Department of Telecommunications. The notification marks a major milestone in reforms in the Indian telecom sector. It is likely to improve the ease of doing business as it will create conditions for enhancing efficiency, competitiveness and curtailing cost of operations. We expect the notification to have a far-reaching impact on almost all aspects of operations in the field of telecom infrastructure, from pricing of installation to seeking permission from local urban bodies when laying out optic fibre. This development will play a role in bridging the Digital Divide between urban and rural India and will enable the telecom fraternity to play a decisive role in fulfilling our Prime Minister’s dream of Digital India.”
Respondent: Mr. Sanjeev Kakkar, President & CSO – Vihaan Network Ltd
Mr. Sanjeev Kakkar is a seasoned Telecom professional having spent over 30 years in field of R&D, Technology Management, Operations and Corporate Strategy besides his core expertise in Policy Advocacy & Regulatory Affairs. With his strong technical background, he spearheaded in setting up and managing indigenous product development initiatives in complex and challenging technology areas for new business opportunities in Telecom and ICT. He has an illustrious track record of commercializing globally competitive innovative products through his leadership.
His work was recognized with prestigious National Award for Best Indigenous Technology development by DSIR, Govt. of India. He heads the Corporate Strategy division at Vihaan Networks Limited, covering policy, regulatory and corporate affairs and formulating strategies for various short term and long term business opportunities both in government and public sector organizations. He has served at various key positions in the industry, including Head of R&D and Engineering, Chief of Operations, among others.
He holds M.Tech in Microwave Engineering. He also served as independent Director on Board of various private and public companies including Central Electronic Ltd (A Govt of India undertaking).
VNL (Vihaan Network Ltd)
Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL), a part of the Shyam Group, was founded in 2004 as a telecommunication enabler that indigenously develops end-to-end telecom infrastructure products and solutions. VNL has earned the distinction of being one of the first Indian companies with who realised the potential of R&D in the telecom sector. A 350-strong workforce of engineers come together each day at the software and hardware laboratories at our headquarter at Gurgaon to achieve new benchmarks through innovation in the field of telecommunications.
At VNL, we help the communities and populations connect through technological advancements in the field of telecom infrastructure at rural and urban areas to thrive through the new tools of communication. Our systems are currently deployed in India, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia, Bolivia, Bhutan, Kenya, Uganda & Ghana, and have empowered the lives of people living in rural and remote areas in these countries.