RK Upadhyay


Rakesh Kumar Upadhyay is a seasoned professional with around 40 years of experience. He has served as the Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of two leading Indian telecommunications PSUs viz. BSNL and TCIL. With a key emphasis on emerging technologies, Upadhyay has a keen passion for leadership and innovation in business. An ITS officer of 1975 batch, he has degrees in engineering and management and is also a graduate of Defense Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington.

He has successfully directed multicultural global teams and conducted dialogue and international negotiations with senior levels including Ministerial, Heads of Government delegation/ teams and also senior corporate officials. He formulated and led the strategy for a range of initiatives for the introduction of cutting-edge technology in various parts of the world.

While working as Chairman & Managing Director at BSNL, Upadhyay embarked on the multi-pronged strategy to turn the company into modern telecom operator in tune with the customer needs. New services to provide the best in entertainment, e.g. VV o BB, IPTV, games, movies on demand and create new futuristic revenue streams through Mobile Money, Trust Card, mini wallet were initiated by him. He also introduced some innovative methods to deliver optimum resource mobilization and utilization of assets including land, towers and network. During his stint at BSNL, he resolved many complex and chronic issues having a dependency on government by successfully taking them up and coordinating with the DOT, Telecom Commission, TRAI, and others.

During the four years at Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd., he worked in various capacities. His noteworthy accomplishments include the turnaround of TCIL. He has worked on various projects like Pan African E-Network Project with Hybrid Optical Fiber and Satellite links – Providing Tele-Education and Tele-Medicine Services to 48 African Nations from 5 Universities and 12 Super Specialty Hospitals of India. The project has won prestigious international awards.

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