Monojit Samaddar,
Country Director, VIAVI Solutions

Monojit Samaddar has an association of over two decades with the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. And today, if his enthusiasm for the sector continues to remain high, it is largely because of its dynamic nature, he believes.

During this period, he has worked with several multinationals in the ICT space, such as Telcordia, Huawei, Redknee, Tektronix, JDSU and Agilent. It is a journey that has helped shape him as a business leader, with rich experience in sales, business development, strategy, product management, commercial management and operations, and in leading cross-functional teams.

Samaddar started his career with HFCL and then joined VIAVI Solutions as country director, India, in mid-2016. In this role, he has been responsible for defining and driving VIAVI’s network and service enablement business across a broad range of industry segments such as service providers (both government and private), network equipment manufacturers, public sector units, software companies, engineering enterprises, chipset developers, aerospace and defence. He has developed strategic relationships with all service providers and branches of the armed forces. Samaddar believes that the focus of service providers in India over the next two years will be on optical fibre cable roll-out and expansion, coupled with automation and digitalisation. Ensuring the readiness of 5G edge computing; building applications around machine learning, augmented reality/virtual reality, and artificial intelligence; and integrating optic fibre cable into the network will be the key growth drivers, he believes.

“Due to the outbreak of the pandemic, the demand for data consumption has shifted from commercial zones to residential areas, thus increasing the need for high-bandwidth broadband fixed lines,” says Samaddar. However, he feels that India and most other countries in South Asia are still one to three years away from the 5G roll-out.

Since joining VIAVI, Samaddar has successfully delivered on the three-year business plan presented to the chief executive officer by winning several strategic deals. He enjoys working with his team and believes in empowering them to take decisions.

Samaddar has a bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering, along with a postgraduate diploma in marketing. In the early days of his career, Samaddar liked spending his free time playing percussion instruments and recording old songs from the newly launched FM radio stations on cassette tapes. “Now, I love spending time with my family and friends, without a phone in my hand,” he says.