COAI announces its leadership for the year 2022-23 at annual general meeting 2022

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Cellular Operations Association of India (COAI), the  industry association representing  Telecom, internet, technology, and Digital Services Companies, concluded its Annual General Body Meeting for the Financial Year 2021-22, with the announcement of its leadership for the term 2022-23.


It announced that Pramod K Mittal, President, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. who was Vice Chairperson of the industry body will now hold the position of Chairperson while P Balaji, Chief Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Officer, Vodafone Idea Limited, will be the Vice Chairperson of the Association.

Pramod K Mittal, President, Reliance Jio Infocomm and Chairperson, COAI, commented, “I feel privileged to take on this role as the Chairperson of COAI. The digital communications industry continues to keep the nation connected during these unprecedented times. I would like to reiterate our commitment to support the government’s efforts to ensure that the benefits of connectivity are accessible to all. I look forward to working closely with the members to strengthen the sector, especially for the launch of 5G to fulfill the vision of Honorable Prime Minister’s Digital India initiative.’’

Pramod K Mittal comes with 42 years of experience in telecommunications.  Before joining India’s leading telecom operator, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. as President, Mittal served in the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, for over 37 years.


P Balaji, Chief Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Officer, Vodafone Idea Limited, and Vice Chairperson, COAI, said: “It’s a privilege to take the responsibility as Vice Chairperson of COAI. I look forward to work with industry and the government to accelerate digitization and suggest policy measure to drive more services to enterprise and consumer while strengthening the sector. The future is exciting as the industry is gearing up for 5G”.

P Balaji is a member of the Core Leadership Team (CLT) of Vodafone Idea Ltd. The CLT has successfully led the planning and execution of the telecom merger. He leads the company’s Regulatory, Public Policy and Government Relations activities along with Industry advocacy, Corporate Communications, Reputation Management and CSR. He is a pioneer in the Telecom sector, joining the sector at its infancy in 1993.  Balaji is the Chairman of ASSOCHAM National Digital Communications Council, and Member of National Council of apex industry chambers CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM and All India Management Association.

Speaking at the event, Lt. Gen. Dr. SP Kochhar, Director General, COAI, said: “5G is the future of the telecom industry which will open infinite possibilities to propel growth of each sector. Today, we stand on the threshold of a complete digital revolution wherein 5G is expected to make the vision of ‘Digital India’ a concrete reality. It is a road map to our country's future growth and socio-economic development, which aspires to become a $5 trillion economy by 2025.

"Along with the strong team, COAI is optimistic about the future of the industry and the opportunities ahead, as 5G and allied technologies get closer to commercial deployment. We are committed to work in alignment with the Government of India and together we can address other pending issues such as spectrum allocation, tax levies among others. Creating a hassle-free digitally connected environment for consumers is our ultimate goal”, he further added.

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