Bharat Bhatia (picture) is regional director, Government Affairs for the APAC and Middle East regions, Motorola Solutions. He has over 37 years of experience in telecom and ICT policy, regulations and spectrum management. An expert on emergency and disaster communications, he chairs the APT (Asia Pacific Telecommunity, an intergovernmental organisation representing all Asia Pac governments on telecommunications matters) Task Group on Public Safety and Disaster Relief communications-PPDR. Bharat was the key originator of ITU Resolution 646 on spectrum for Public Safety communications. In July 2012, he was nominated to chair the PPDR working group under the ITU study group 5D that is responsible for all spectrum issues for LTE and other mobile cellular technologies.
Bharat was a senior regulator with Government of India for 22 years as a spectrum regulator and Telecom policy specialist. He was also actively involved in formulation and implementation of India's ICT policies. He regularly attends and speaks at various Global conferences and meetings and has attended various ITU-R meetings including many World Radio Conferences.
Bharat holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from University of Delhi and is a fellow member of the IETE. He has also completed a number of management programmes from various internationally reputed global universities including National University of Singapore and George Washington University, USA.
In this interview, I first ask Bharat to share with our readers a little about his background and how he started out in the telecoms regulatory industry.
"I have been a spectrum regulator from the day I left my college," he says. "I did my engineering from Delhi University way back in 1974. The day I left my college I was appointed as a spectrum manager in one of the stations in India in Hyderabad. Till then, I had no idea what spectrum is and from that day onwards till today, I only eat spectrum I would say. I do everything out of Spectrum."
"I was in India for five years and then moved to Singapore in 2000 and I was here for five years and then went back to India; then in 2010, I came back here. So fast forward, this is my second term in Singapore. I have a role for Asia Pacific basically on spectrum and regulatory issues for Motorola Solutions."
"In 2000 itself we foresaw that the growth in mobile phones is going to be huge and people are going to depend more and more on wireless sets. As Motorola at that time used to be in the mobile devices and handset business, we actually in those days, in the 90's, developed the first touch phone."
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