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Senior bureaucrat P D Vaghela appointed TRAI chairman

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NEW DELHI: Senior bureaucrat P D Vaghela was on Monday appointed as chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), according to a Personnel Ministry order.

Vaghela, a 1986-batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre, is currently Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals.

He has been appointed as the TRAI chief for three years or till he attains the age of 65, the order said.

Vaghela was due to retire on Wednesday.

He will succeed R S Sharma, who completes his tenure on Wednesday.

Sharma was in 2015 appointed as the TRAI chairman for three years. In August 2018, his term was extended till September 30, 2020.

Source: Press Trust of India

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Seema Ambastha appointed CEO of Brookfield-Digital Realty data centre Joint Venture

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NEW DELHI: Digital Realty, the largest global provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced that BAM Digital Realty – its Indian joint venture with Brookfield Infrastructure L.P.and its institutional partners (“Brookfield Infrastructure”) – has received all requisite regulatory approvals and the parties have closed the joint venture previously announced on July 14, 2021.

The joint venture enables the expansion of PlatformDIGITAL, Digital Realty’s global data center platform, which supports the evolving data, control and networking demands of global service providers as well as global and local enterprises. Its expansion across India is expected to enable customers to rapidly scale digital transformation by deploying critical infrastructure with a leading global data center provider at the heart of a growing connected data community in India. Data centers developed in India will leverage Digital Realty’s industry-leading energy-efficient data center design and operating procedures and highly repeatable Pervasive Data Center Architecture (PDx) approach for the new digital workplace.

In addition, Seema Ambastha has been appointed CEO of the joint venture. Ambastha joins BAM Digital Realty from NTT Netmagic where she held the position of Senior Executive Vice President, India Sales and Solution Engineering. Prior to that, she worked for Netmagic IT Services, Rolta, VMware, Oracle and Wipro Infotech. She has a strong academic background with a PhD in Computer Science as well as rich experience across diverse IT disciplines spanning more than three decades.

“We are extremely pleased that Seema has joined BAM Digital Realty at such an exciting time in the industry,” said Mark Smith, Managing Director, APAC for Digital Realty. “She brings over 20 years of strong business leadership skills across various roles in the industry. Not only will we have a fantastic global legacy to build upon, but we have a tremendous opportunity as well. With a population of over 1.4 billion, India is the world’s fifth-largest economy in terms of GDP, with a rapidly emerging data center market and accelerating adoption of digital business models.”

To support the expected rapid growth opportunity for data centers in India, BAM Digital Realty has also recently filled multiple senior leadership positions, in the fields of Design & Construction as well as Business Development.

“With Seema’s appointment and the formal closing of the joint venture, we look forward to advancing several key strategic priorities for BAM Digital Realty and bringing together our collective capabilities to deliver a truly di”erentiated solution for our customers,” said Arpit Agrawal, Managing Director and Head of India & Middle East, Brookfield Infrastructure.

“The joint venture expands Brookfield Infrastructure’s significant global data infrastructure portfolio, which currently includes $23 billion in assets across data transmission, distribution, and storage, including a portfolio of 139,000 operational telecom wireless towers in India, which it intends to expand to 175,000 over the near term. We are excited about what the Indian market has to o”er and hope to contribute meaningfully to India’s digital ecosystem,” he added.

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STL appoints former Ericsson Executive Paolo Colella to its Advisory Council

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NEW DELHI: STL, an industry-leading integrator of digital networks, today announced the appointment of Paolo Colella to its Advisory Council. A former Ericsson executive, Paolo will work closely with the STL leadership team and its board of directors to advise the company on the strategic roadmap for its Network Services Business.

Over the last decade, STL has built a strong expertise in offering tailored design, build, and management services for digital networks across India. Bolstered by its strong experience and the recent acquisition of Clearcomm, a UK-based network integration company, STL now wants to take Network Services Business global and explore opportunities in new segments such as Enterprise IoT and Data Centers. Paolo will guide STL’s growth roadmap and contribute to the company’s strategic outlook in the global markets.

Paolo comes with more than 25 years of experience in Telecommunications, Technology, and Professional Services and has a passion for digital technologies and the benefits they bring to society. Paolo has held prominent senior executive positions, including India CEO and Head of Global Systems Integration Business at Ericsson. Having led business operations across 20 countries, Paolo has vast global leadership experience in strategy, business development, service delivery, P&L management, and M&A. His areas of interest are XaaS, 5G, IoT, OSS/BSS, and AI-assisted operations.

Speaking on Paolo Colella’s appointment, KS Rao, CEO, Network Services and Software Business, STL, said: “STL has proved its mettle in building scalable, highly responsive and agile networks that have set benchmarks for operational transformation, automation, and efficiency. As we take our experience and expertise to global markets, Paolo will have a crucial role to play. I am confident that STL will benefit from his extensive international experience and vast knowledge and further strengthen its global presence. I welcome him to STL and look forward to his counsel.”

Commenting on his new association with STL, Paolo Colella said: “STL has created a niche as a company that offers technology-led solutions that will be the foundation of gigabit societies across the globe. I am excited to be associated with a company like STL that is extremely innovation-centred and leads the way in enabling digital transformation at the edge.”

 

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Adobe appoints Prativa Mohapatra as Managing Director of India Business

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NEW DELHI:  Adobe has announced the appointment of Prativa Mohapatra as Vice President and Managing Director for Adobe India.

In this role, Prativa will lead Adobe’s India business across Adobe Experience Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud, reporting to Simon Tate, Adobe’s President for Asia Pacific (APAC).

Adobe’sstrategy for unleashing creativity, accelerating document productivity, and powering digital businesses gives brands a competitive advantage, enabling them to engage customers across every digital touch point. With a track record built on innovation, category leadership, and rapidly expanding market opportunity, Adobe India is poised for continued growth.

Welcoming Prativa Mohapatra to Adobe, Simon Tate, President, Adobe APAC said, “Digital has become mission critical for businesses and Adobe’s market-leading technologies are seeing strong momentum. Prativa’s passion for technology, and ability to build stellar teams, will take our India business to the next level of growth.”

“Adobe is uniquely positioned as an enabler for everyone — students, creative artists, small businesses, government agencies and the largest brands — to design and deliver exceptional digital experiences. I am thrilled to join the world class team at Adobe India and propel our business vision in the country,” said Prativa Mohapatra, Vice President & Managing Director, Adobe India.

Prativa’s career spans over 25 years in the technology industry. She joins Adobe from IBM, where she served as Vice President of Digital Sales for APAC. Prior to that, she led Sales for IBM India and South Asia where she was responsible for driving revenue for the company’s portfolio of solutions and services. Through her various strategic roles at IBM since joining the company in 2002, Prativa has a wide range of experience including leading business transformations, scaling teams to meet hyper growth and evangelising Artificial Intelligence technology with customers. She started her career at PwC India.

Prativa received a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from Regional Engineering College (now NIT), Rourkela, India. She attended Xavier Institute of Management in Bhubaneswar, India for her Post Graduation in Management, where she specialized in Systems and Finance.

An acknowledged industry leader, Prativa is passionate about building diverse teams and actively mentors women on their leadership journeys.

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