The Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association of India (TEMA) has appointed Arun Seth as the chairman of its National Development Council (NDC) for startups.

TEMA has promoted NDC for startup initiative with an aim to encourage and support startups in telecom products and equipment space.

Commenting on the development, Ravi Sharma, chairman TEMA said, “Following the focus of Prime Minister towards startup ecosystem, TEMA is launching its initiative “TEMA National Council for startups” to encourage and support startups in telecom products and equipment space. The future of networks is specialised software and commoditised hardware. With the background of mentoring startups, Arun Seth will lead the startup movement from TEMA. This initiative will enhance the speed of innovation in telecom equipment space and will help us achieve the mission of AatmNirbhar Bharat by developing and deploying Make in India equipments for 5G / 6G / internet of things (IoT) networks.”

Further, Arun Seth, chairman, NDC-TEMA, said, “The core value of future networks be it 5G / 6G / IoT and beyond is mostly software. India is a proven master in software and with the right guidance and support to our start up community, closer collaboration with our research labs at IITs and universities, India can truly become the leader in startup’s that can harness the power of future networks and create global companies. TEMA National Council for startups will bridge the gap between innovations, academia and manufacturing with a focus to develop and deploy complete stack of future networks in India.”

Seth has wide experience of driving startups in various roles including NASSCOM BPO Council, NASSCOM EC and NASSCOM Product Conclave.  He has been associated with many startups as mentor and coach. Seth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT, Kanpur and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from IIM, Kolkata.

He was associated with Alcatel-Lucent India as a non-executive chairman from May, 2011 until May 2014 and has worked for the BT Group in India in a variety of positions for over 17 years. At present, he is on the board of Jubilant Life Sciences Limited and Narayan Health amongst others.