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Arup Kumar Chattaraj, Vice-President (Tech and Support), Coslight India Telecom

November 09, 2015
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Arup Kumar Chattaraj is currently vice-president, technology support, Coslight India Telecom. He started his career as a graduate engineer with the Punjab government where he gained experience in research and development, product engineering, production, pre-sales and customer support. After spending 14 years in the government sector, he switched to the private sector working at companies such as Bharti Airtel and Shyam Telecom. Prior to joining Coslight, Chattaraj was working with Vihaan Networks, where he spent nine years developing solar power-based solutions for telecom towers.

At Coslight, he is responsible for knowledge sharing, pre- and post-sales activity and running the pan-Indian service network. His immediate challenge is to promote the use of lithium-ion batteries. According to Chattarj, “Lithium-ion batteries are a new technology in the Indian telecom market. The main challenge is to create awareness regarding its technical and financial advantages. The technology has a prospective market in not only the telecom sector but also in other fields where storage solutions are used.”

Chattaraj believes that the Indian market will witness exponential growth in data in the coming years.  At the same time, inadequate spectrum is a concern. “The government should provide more spectrum so as to improve network quality,” he says. “Also, large parts of rural India are still not covered as they give poor returns. The government can take initiatives such as deploying innovative solar solutions.”

Among Chattaraj’s most memorable assignments is his experience in bringing connectivity to the pilgrimage town of Pushkar in 2001. “Microwave connectivity between Ajmer and Pushkar was not possible and fibre was just a dream in those days. Our team used a chain of radio frequency repeaters to cover Pushkar in time for the annual Pashu Mela.  Coverage was similarly extended to the basement of a heritage hotel in Jodhpur to provide network connectivity to over 1,000 guests through the air-conditioning duct. But due to poor awareness, I could not patent my technology and later found that a US-based company had patented a similar technology in 2006,” he says.

Chattaraj’s main strengths are his flexibility and adaptability. He is always ready to lead from the front and guide his team. An engineer by training, he also holds an MBA in marketing. Chattaraj spends his spare time with his family and enjoys going on long drives. His family includes his wife and their two children.

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