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Bharat B Bhatia

Bharat B Bhatia

President, ITU - APT Foundation of India

Bharat B Bhatia is the President and CEO of the ITU-APT Foundation of India (IAFI) and Vice Chairman and head of Asia Pacific for the World Wireless Research Forum (WWRF). He also chairs the ITU group on Private and public safety LTE/5G as well as APT group on Radio Local area networks. Shri Bhatia has 50 years of experience in spectrum management and ICT policy.

Earlier, Mr. Bhatia was head of the international spectrum team of Motorola Solutions USA where he worked for over 22 years. Prior to that, he was a senior telecom and spectrum policy regulator with the Indian Government in for 22 years as a spectrum regulator and ICT policy specialist and was actively involved in opening of the Indian telecom to the private sector, including the licensing of first ever GSM metro cellular in India through a beauty contest in 1992 that was designed and managed by him. He was also a key architect of India’s first ever National Frequency Allocation Plan (NFAP) in 1981 and the first ever published NFAP in 2000.

Mr. Bhatia actively participates in various ITU and APT meetings and has attended all World Radio Conferences during the last 25 years. Mr. Bhatia has lived in India and Singapore and frequently travels all over the world to speak at various conferences and events. He was responsible for initiating ITU studies on public safety and was responsible for creating the term “Public Protection & Disaster Relief -PPDR” in ITU at WRC-2000 in Istanbul. He also lead the approval of ITU WRC Resolution 646 on PPDR, which was adopted at WRC-2003 and updated in WRC-2015 for broadband PPDR.

Shri Bhatia hold a BE degree from University of Delhi and is a fellow member of IETE, the Institution of Electronics & Telecommunications Engineers. He did his Foundational Course from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in 1976 and has completed several management courses from various institutes and universities including National University of Singapore and George Washington University, USA.



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