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Rajiv Mohan Gandhi, CEO, MobileComm Professionals, Inc.

August 22, 2017
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Over two decades of experience in the telecom domain has helped Rajiv Mohan Gandhi develop an in-depth knowledge of the sector and given him a sense of emerging trends. According to him, India is still about four years away from commercial 5G deployments. Long term evolution (LTE) and LTE-Advanced technologies will be the biggest gamechangers in the near term. “We will see the internet-of-things ecosystem evolve over the next five years; meanwhile, heterogeneous networks will evolve in the Indian market scenario in two to three years’ time,” he says.

Gandhi started his career with ESCOTEL (which eventually became a part of Idea Cellular) and later joined Motorola, where he got the opportunity to work in about 28 countries on different assignments. He later returned to India and joined Nokia as country head, network planning and optimisation (NPO), before joining MobileComm in 2008. MobileComm works on solutions that utilise big data and cloud analytics to offer efficiency improvements to its clients. “Our software and products are being utilised by OEMs and operators. Our learning wing has already won multi-year projects from key players in the market,” he says.

In his current role at MobileComm, he aims to create a big data analytics arm in the organisation, prepare the company for heterogeneous network-related challenges and integrate verticals in order to obtain geographic, intellectual and cost advantages.

He remembers his role as country head, NPO, at Nokia as his most challenging one. “The managed services scenario at the time was tremendously complex. I was managing a team of more than 800 engineers, 25 networks of Vodafone and Airtel round the clock with more than 300,000 sites under one umbrella. The creation of a centralised system for governance and cross-functional teams across all verticals was a challenge that I took and demonstrated improvements in all 25 networks on a monthly basis,” he says.

Gandhi sees himself as a constant learner and loves to be abreast with technology. According to Gandhi, “A good leader has to be a good listener.” He sees encouraging and rewarding employees as the key to successful management.

Gandhi has a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering along with an MBA in marketing. He spends most of his spare time with family, which comprises his wife, their two children and his father. Gandhi loves reading and travelling, and is an adventurous person at heart.

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