RIL Gets Sandip Das On Board to Head Its 4G Services
Filed Under: Business | Posted: 03/20/2013 at 4:39AM
Comments | Region: India
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is spearheading its launch of 4G services in India. In wake of this phenomenal launch which will revolutionize the telecommunication industry in India, RIL is getting the best minds in the telecom industry on board. The recent addition to the list is Sandip Das, CEO of Malaysia’s Maxis Communications. Das will head the 4G mobile venture – Reliance Jio Infocomm, the upcoming telecom venture by Mukesh Ambani headed RIL.
Reliance will be pioneering the market of 4G services in India. According to analysts, Reliance Jio Infocomm has meticulously planned its various aspects. The experiments of its services are going on since many months now. The applauded feat for this venture came in the form of telecom department’s approval to allow 4G license-holders the permission to launch voice services. The 4G project will be launched in Mumbai and Delhi in mid-2013 as a part of initial launch. The next phase will cover the other major cities by 2014. By the end of 2015, 4G services will be launched across the whole country. The history is set to repeat itself after ten years where the previous telecomm launch by Reliance had grabbed the major portion of market with its launch of reasonably priced bundled voice services and low cost phones. For the launch of 4G services, RIL is planning to strike a deal with Samsung – the South Korean conglomerate to devise low cost mobile phones which are amicable with 4G services. With known names of
telecommunication industry joining RIL, it is obvious that RIL’s 4G services will set a mark for itself.
About Sandip Das:
Sandip Das had been working with Maxis Communications for the last six years as the CEO and executive director. With Maxis, he looked after the operation of Aircel which is the Indian subsidiary of Maxis. Apart from Aircel, Sandip also looked after numerous subsidiaries such as Sri Lanka telecomm Pvt Ltd and Bridge Mobile Pte. Ltd. Das had been instrumental in the success of Aircel in 3G and 4G spectrum auctions in 2010. Das was also associated with Hutchisson Essar in India for thirteen years before joining Maxis. A MBA graduate from Delhi University, Das started his career in 1978 with DCM group.
With Reliance Industries Limited, Sandip Das will work with Manoj Modi. Apart from him, the team would consist of Mathew Oomen (operational head), Kiran Thomas (assistant VP at RIL), Jyotindra Thacker (Head of IT and Systems), Sumit Chowdhary (CIO) and Aarvind Rao (innovation head). The team will closely work with RIL’s head Mukesh Ambani. The 4G services launch is one of his major priorities of this year.