Gajendra Upadhyay

Director- Regional Business Development, Afilias

Gajendra Upadhyay is Director- Regional Business Development, Afilias. Mr. Gajendra has nearly two decades of experience in the Telecom, IT and media sectors. He has been closely involved with the evolving technology and regulatory frameworks in the Indian Telecom and Internet spaces right from 1997. He has worked within the industry and played a modest role in the changing norms of this sector over the years.

From the first Act of TRAI, when it was a quasi judicial body to the subsequent changes in the form of NTP 1999 – which was drafted with copious inputs from the industry. And from the first licensing policy that opened up the Internet Service Provider (ISP) sector to private operators, breaking the monopoly of the then VSNL – and which was drafted on the basis of a set of 108 recommendations from the then DG of the National Informatics Center – Gajendra has been witness to and part of the tsunami of changes in the sector over the years. Including the complex and mammoth implementation of Mobile Number Portability in 2011, which brought in a new dimension to competition in the sector.

A keen follower of psychology and policy in technology and trends in consumer tariffs in voice and data across the world, he has worked in leadership roles with leading telecom operators of the country, including Idea Cellular, Vodafone and Reliance. He was part of the initial team at Reliance Infocomm that brought in a new era for low priced voice calls on its CDMA mobile network.

Gajendra is currently the regional head for business at Afilias – one of the world’s largest and most highly regarded technology providers in the space of top level domain (TLDs) & in the mobile Internet space.

Afilias makes Internet addresses more accessible by supporting the largest number of global domains in IDN format and in vernacular languages. Afilias is works with the .IN registry and has successfully implemented and rolled out local language domains like .भारत in 15 Indian languages and 7 scripts (covering Devnagri, Tamil, Urdu, Bangla, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, Telugu).

List of Publications

Gajendra Upadhyay, It’s that Pesky SMS ad again, BUSINESS LINE, October 30, 2013.

 

Gajendra Upadhyay, Cross-talk on Roaming Charges, BUSINESS LINE, June 24, 2013.

 

Gajendra Upadhyay, New Model for Pricing Data, BUSINESS LINE, April 19, 2013.

 

Gajendra Upadhyay, Will 1996 be the Year of Internet?, BUSINESS WORLD, January- February 1996.

 

Gajendra Upadhyay and Samar Halarnkar, The Black Hole of Cyberspace, BUSINESS WORLD, Novemebr 1995.