TelecomLead Awards 2017 – Telecom Lead CTO


Shyam Mardikar, CTO — Mobile Network at Airtel

Bharti Airtel continued its network transformation program last year by adding 180,000 mobile sites in the past 2 years. The company’s investment in data networks has enabled the company to grow data customers in recent quarters despite tough competition.

Airtel has made investment in Self Optimization Network (SON) and Geo-analytical tools real time across India, customer experience based optimization of its mobile broadband network. Airtel could reduce drop calls and network blocking, and increase data throughputs through these platforms as they have enabled automatic optimization of multi-layered networks.

Airtel started dual carrier implementation achieving a speed of 42 Mbps in select circles. Airtel completed FD+TD Carrier aggregation in 450 towns achieving 135 Mbps speed. Airtel tested LAA Carrier aggregation, achieving a speed of more than 250 Mbps enabling telecoms to manage the spectrum efficiently and offer better network experience to customers.


Mathew Oommen, president of Network at Reliance Jio

Reliance Jio has set up a next generation future proof all IP network with the latest advanced features such as Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV). Jio can launch 5G without much additional investment.

Reliance Jio, which revolutionized the data network, has added 100 million Jio subscribers in 170 days of launch. The Jio network could withstand pressure from data consumption which was higher than the total mobile data consumption in the US and twice that in China. Jio used the latest technology to launch 4G in all 29 states of India with presence in more than 18,000 urban and rural towns and over 200,000 villages, covering over 95 percent of India’s population.