A history of the Indian tower industry, told through the lens of pioneers Viom Networks
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A history of the Indian tower industry, told through the lens of pioneers Viom Networks

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Scaling from 50 to 43,000 towers and an end-to-end infrastructure model

Umang Das is a man who needs no introduction in the tower industry in India. Starting out in 1987, Umang has been involved with the mobile communications industry in India since its inception, and was also responsible for the creation of India’s first independent towerco. All these years, guiding the fledgling industry past early obstacles until a tipping point in 2005 when scale was achieved. Now Umang focusses his energy on defining the next steps for the tower industry, and identifying new opportunities for the development of telecom infrastructure and its benefits for the society.

TowerXchange: How did the Indian mobile market develop prior to the launch of tower companies, and what was your experience of that evolution?

Umang Das, Chief Mentor, Viom Networks:

I got into the industry in the year 1987, at the outset of the privatisation of Indian telecom.


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