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MTNL man is now TCIL chief

New Delhi, Nov. 1: Govind Das Ghaia has been appointed as the new chairman and managing director of the Rs 350-crore Telecommunications Consultant India Ltd (TCIL). Ghaia is currently director (technical) of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL).

Ghaia was one of the favourites for the post of CMD of MTNL, but lost out to current incumbent Narinder Sharma. The current TCIL chief A. S. Bansal has joined Hexacom India Ltd, the cellular service operator in Rajasthan.

TCIL was set up in 1978 and undertakes projects in all fields of telecommunications in India and abroad. The company’s core competence is in network projects, software support, switching and transmission systems, cellular services, rural telecommunications and optical fibre-based backbone network.

The company now plans to enter into the global mobile personal communications arena through a joint venture route besides its existing cellular services in Rajasthan. TCIL already has undertaken turnkey operations in 45 countries for building telecom network.

The company has already secured orders worth more than Rs 650 crore during 2001-02 as against Rs 580 crore last year. The company is a partner in Hexacom India Ltd which offers cellular services in Rajasthan, and manufactures optical fibre cables under a joint venture agreement with Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (Tidco).

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