My video chat with Sandip Das, the visionary telecom guru behind Aircel- " India is ready for the next data tsunami"- he talks about how underserved India is on the data highway and how he sees the future potential for data, but also recognizes the difficult transition India is making from voice to data. He also talks about the impact of Telecom on the Economy "Telecom has Done to India What Motorcars did to the US"- "Growth in Data is Asymmetric- and we can have the data equivalent of gas guzzlers- india could end up having the demand for a trillion sim cards".
Sandip Das joined Maxis Communications Berhad ("MCB") group in January 2007 and upon listing of Maxis Berhad (Malaysia), was appointed its Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2009, and as an Executive Director of the Company on 17 September 2009.
Sandip is currently also the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director on the Board of Maxis Communications Berhad, a Director on the Board of its subsidiaries in India. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC, Mobitel in Sri Lanka and Bridge Mobile Pte Ltd, a strategic alliance of regional telecommunication providers. He has been listed as one of the 100 most powerful people in the telecoms industry worldwide in Global Telecoms Business for two years running in the 2011 and 2010 GTB Power100 list. In 2011, he was polled as one of the Best CEOs in Malaysia by FinanceAsia's Asia's Best Managed Companies country listings. .
Sandip has more than 33 years of work experience in the consumer durable, automobile and telecommunications industries. Prior to joining the Company, he was Deputy Managing Director and a Director on the Board of Hutchison Essar Limited (now known as Vodafone Essar Limited, India), one of India's largest mobile operators. He joined Hutchison Essar, then known as Hutchison Max Telecom, and started that company's operations in India with its paging business in 1994. Before working at Hutchison Essar Limited, he spent five years as Franchise head of Al Futtaim Motors, the Toyota franchise of the Al Futtaim Group, in Dubai, UAE, and 10 years with Indian consumer durable giant Usha International, Shriram Group, where he started as a management trainee and left as joint divisional manager. .
Sandip holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Regional Engineering College (now the National Institute of Technology), Rourkela, India. Sandip is a member of the ESOS Committee