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Rohan Dhamija, Head, India and South Asia, Analysys Mason

August 30, 2013
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Rohan Dhamija has his hands very full. As head of Analysys Mason in India and South Asia, he spearheads the firm’s client relationships in this region as well as certain areas in Central Asia.

“The main challenge before me is to deliver sound advice to our clients, including telecom operators, cable and media companies, regulators, and the financial investor community in the region,” he says.

So, how does he cope with such a diverse clientele? His work experience of over 12 years across various global markets, such as the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia, helps. Within the telecom space, his areas of expertise span mobile broadband, evaluation of 3G and LTE spectrum, transaction advisory support, operational transformation and cost improvement, content and application strategies for operators and product portfolio optimisation.

Dhamija has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, and a bachelor’s in telecommunication engineering. He began his telecom innings with Bharti Airtel and then moved to Deloitte Consulting. Based in New York, he was a senior member of Deloitte’s telecom and media strategy group. His client list included leading telecom companies in the US, a reputed media conglomerate in the Americas, a major global music label, and media and telecom companies in Latin America and Europe.

His career has been marked by not one but many memorable assignments, he says. These include advising a studio business in Los Angeles, helping value mobile broadband spectrum in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan (all within a span of less than a year), and spearheading a large operational transformation engagement for a telecom and media conglomerate in Central Asia. (Interestingly, the Central Asian project was carried out in the winter and he had to contend with minus 35 degrees Celsius temperature.)

Dhamija counts his professional strengths as problem-solving and people management. His weaknesses, he jokes, ought to be revealed by his clients and colleagues.

With regard to the likely trends in the Indian telecom space, he is optimistic about the future of mobile broadband. “As devices become increasingly more affordable, I expect mobile broadband to gain traction over the next few years. In fact, 3G uptake will hit an inflection point in 2015 and LTE will follow, especially after the 700 MHz spectrum auctions,” he observes.

Dhamija spends his spare time with his friends and family. He is also a cricket enthusiast.

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