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Profile Amitabh Singhal, Addl Director

Who is Amitabh ?

Amitabh Singhal was a Founder and former President of Internet Service Providers Association of India. Apart from having helped write the original ISP policy for India, various other policy and regulatory achievements including helping the Government/Regulator to write various policies and guidelines for Internet Services, removal of restrictions on scope of services, opening of International Gateways, bringing down bandwidth price barriers, etc. are some of the highpoints of his tenure at ISPAI.He is also Founder, was Director on the Board and was the CEO of National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), which he helped conceptualize and set up as a partnership initiative between ISPAI and Deptt of Information Technology, Government of India and also presided over the structuring of NIXI as the Registry for the .in Domain (Indian ccTLD).

Currently he is also on the Board of Public Interest Registry (PIR), a Reston, Virginia based Non-Profit, which runs the .ORG Domain. This is the 3rd largest gTLD after .COM and .NET . He was the spokesperson on behalf of the Indian ISP industry for over a decade.He helped shape public policies in the internet/telecommunication sphere from various forums. After a stint in business and office Automation companies from 1983 onwards, He joined GTL Ltd. in 1993, where his last position was Senior Vice President/Group Head (Corporate Affairs). In 2006 he set up his own Consulting Firm, Telxess Consulting Services (Pvt) Ltd. and provides Policy & Regulatory Advisory Services as well as Market Entry strategies to its clients.

He also co-founded another Company, VCON Services which runs Disaster Management Emergency Response Center for State Governments and is also working on R & D to develop critical Telecom Infrastructure solutions. He is also associated with a couple of premier Law Firms in UK and in the US, supporting Funding, M & A activities and providing Policy & Regulatory guidance to the Wire line, Wireless and Value Added Service Provider clients.

He can be reached at amitabh@virtuosos.in

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