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  • New Delhi, November 22, 2013: In recognition of his decades long contribution to mobile telephony in India, T.V. Ramachandran, Resident Director – Regulatory Affairs, Vodafone India has been bestowed an Honorary Fellowship of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Mr. Ramachandran received the award in a heritage event venue called The Brewery in Central London in a packed auditorium of over 300 dignitaries.

    This year, like IET’s general practice, they had two Honorary Fellowship awards, the other awardee being the Earl of Selbourne, an Etonian/Oxonian Peer for his contributions to engineering. Presented by President of IET, Barry Brook the winners were selected by the IET’s Board of Trustees.

    An MSc in Physics with specialisation in wireless and electronics, Mr. Ramachandran is also currently Chairman of the National Telecom Council of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India as well as Co-Chairman of the Telecom Committee of the European Business Group in India.

    Mr. Ramachandran on receiving the citation said, “I feel most humbled and honoured here today. While the citation states the award is ‘for contributions to mobile telephony’, in reality it is recognition of the Indian Mobile Sector, of its countless fine soldiers and its splendid captains. It has been possible with the support from my team at Vodafone, who have unflinchingly supported me at all times and continue to help to face and overcome many serious challenges and spur me on to higher efforts. I have merely accepted it on their behalf. This is another great recognition of the heights attained by the Indian Mobile Sector.”

    Congratulating him on this success, Marten Pieters, MD and CEO, Vodafone India said, “This is a fantastic achievement and a very proud moment for all of us at Vodafone. He has made great contribution to not only Vodafone but to the entire Indian telecom industry. He makes us proud to be his team member.”

    Mr Ramachandran was the first CEO of Essar Cellphone (now part of Vodafone India), one of India’s earliest cellular service providers, who spearheaded the establishment and commercial launch of the country’s largest capacity cellular network in 1995. In September 1997, he was appointed Director General of the Cellular Operators’ Association of India – the premier body for mobile communications in India – leading the organisation for 12 years. He was Founder-Chairman of the Indian Chapter of the worldwide GSM Association.

    As an ambassador for the mobile telephony industry, his vast experience, consensus-based approach and adroit diplomacy have helped transform India into one of the world’s fastest-growing mobile communications markets.

    About IET
    For more than 140 years, the UK-based Institution of Engineering and Technology has been inspiring, informing and influencing the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society. The IET runs a number of Policy Panels that provide strategic, expert advice to government on key policy topics including: Communications, Energy, IT and Transport. IET’s Achievement Awards recognise and reward outstanding individuals who excel within the engineering and technology fields.

    About Vodafone
    Vodafone India is a member of the Vodafone Group and commenced operations in 1994 when its predecessor Hutchison Max acquired the cellular license for Mumbai. The company has operations across the country serving over 150 million customers. This journey is a strong testimony of Vodafone’s success in a highly competitive and price sensitive market.