Sudhir Gupta had a long and illustrious career spanning 35 years in the telecommunication industry. He has worked in different capacities in planning, switching, transmission and external plant in the Department of Telecommunications from 1982 to 2003. Subsequently, he worked in Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for 14 years, initially as a senior advisor and in the last 3 years as Secretary, TRAI. Having worked for over three and half decades as the operator, policy maker and the regulator, he has exposure in all aspects of Telecom functioning in the country. During his tenure in TRAI, he was responsible for all regulatory matters related to telecommunications network development, spectrum management, licensing, tariff fixation, competition issues and consumer issues.
As the lead specialist for the Authority, he has authored a number of major policy recommendations and regulatory guidelines on varied issues like introduction of 3G+ services via spectrum auction, separation of services and spectrum, need for open SatCom policy, introduction of converged unified licensing, M&A norms, mobile number portability, guidelines for spectrum trading and sharing framework, roadmap for development and growth of ICT sector and its applications (e.g. e-government, mobile content, m-banking) for financial inclusion.
He has also used his leadership position to advocate for the use of telecommunications during disasters and emergencies, improvement in Quality of service and consumer grievance redressal mechanism by the telecom operators. I was also associated in framing the policy guidelines on Cloud, smart cities and M2M communications. During his tenure, he has represented the Authority in Inter ministerial Co-ordination Committee (ICC) for INSAT for around 8-9 years.
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He superannuated from TRAI in July, 2017. After superannation, he has served in a committee formed by the group of lenders (around 34 leading banks of the country) to advise them on ‘Monetization of Assets’ of M/s Reliance Communication and its two associate companies. He was also associated with M/s Chase India, a research and public policy consulting firm for two years as Senior Advisor. He is also providing consultancy service, through his firm named “TECH EDGE CONSULTANTS” to companies/firms on public policy, issues related to Licencing and regulatory matters in the ICT sector including the Broadcasting sector of India.