ITU-APT (International Telecommunication Union- Asia Pacific Telecommunity) during its 14th Annual General Body Meeting held on 27th September unanimously re-elected Mr. Tilak Raj Dua, Director General, TAIPA (Tower and Infrastructure Provider Association) as its chairman and Mr. Bharat Bhatia, Head of International spectrum of Motorola as its President, both for the second term with immediate effect.
On the occasion, Mr. Bharat Bhatia , President, ITU-APT Foundation of India said ‘the 14th AGM has re-elected Mr. Tilak Raj Dua as the chairman of ITU-APT Foundation noting Mr. Dua’s exceptional understanding of the Indian Telecommunication sector and his contribution in policy making and regulatory has resulted in creating a healthy competitive environment in the industry. We wish him best of luck and extend supporting hand for his journey in the position.”
On his re-election, Mr. Tilak Raj Dua, Director General, TAIPA and Chairman ITU-APT Foundation of India said “It has always been a pleasure for me to be associated with the foundation for the second term of two years. The role of foundation has been significant in promoting the expansion of telecommunication services, developing regional cooperation in areas of common interest, remarkable studies related to developments in telecommunication, technology transfer, human resource development and the exchange of information for the balanced development of telecommunication services. I am excited to contribute with full of my capacities to make Digital India a reality by helping create a robust telecommunication in India.”
On his re-election, Mr. Bharat Bhatia, Head of International spectrum of Motorola and President, ITU-APT Foundation of India complemented the members on the Foundations’ 15th year and said “The Foundation has come a long way on its journey and has today become a key driver of harmonising the views of the Indian Telecom Industry and a major spokesperson at all global APT and ITU meetings. The Foundation has successfully crafted and presented India’s position on major topics such 5G spectrum and technology. The foundation also successfully guided India’s quest for leadership in 5G technology standardization, particularly in promoting our concept of LMLC – Low mobility large cell required to reach out to rural and inaccessible areas of the country”
Mr. Tilak Raj Dua has total experience accounts to more than 35 years in the telecom sector. His experience includes all facets of telecom be it Product Development, Business Development, Telecom Licensing, Regulatory issues with respect to interconnection / roaming / unified licensing and infrastructure sharing / Mobile Number Portability, Spectrum Management, Spectrum Related Issues Like Spectrum Pricing, Efficient Utilization and Spectrum reframing, finalization of joint ventures, Technical collaboration, Introduction of new product, Launch of cellular services in India and finalization of licence agreements / interconnect agreements etc.
Over the years in the industry, Mr. Dua have held prestigious positions as Director in leading telecom companies like Bharti Airtel Ltd., Shyam Telecom Ltd., Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Vice Chairman and Global ICT Standardization Forum for India.
Mr. Bharat Bhatia has over 43 years of experience in Telecom and ICT policy, regulations and spectrum management including 22 years with Department of Telecommunications, (WPC-Wireless Planning and coordination) and Ministry of Industry Government of India. Mr. Bhatia is the currently heads the International spectrum and Regulatory team at Motorola Solutions’ Government affair and leads a global team of Spectrum and regulatory resources in Motorola Solutions. Mr. Bhatia is also the Chairman of the Public Safety and Disaster Relief Communications- PPDR working group under the ITU-R study group 5D. He is also the Chair of the APT Task Group on- PPDR. – CT Bureau