Telecommunications industry veteran Satya Pal dies, Telecom News, ET Telecom
Pal is also credited as the creator of the Telecommunications Commission which in 2018 was renamed the Digital Communications Commission (DCC), the highest decision-making body in the telecommunications industry.
In May 1988, he was appointed Secretary of the Telecommunications Department and Chairman of the Telecommunications Board, and was also General Manager of Telecommunications and Chairman of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL).
Having rich and extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, he is also credited with developing the Cabinet Note for the formation of the Telecommunications Commission on the lines of the Space Commission in 1989.
In 1977, working as General Manager of the Telecommunications Training Center, Pal prepared a project report for the establishment of an Advanced Telecommunications Training Center for Telecommunications Department officers under the United Nations Program. for Development (UNDP) which was adopted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Under his leadership, India’s first fiber-optic cable system between Ahmedabad and Vadodara was commissioned in January 1989 and was a founding member of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers India (IETE).
After his retirement, Pal joined Max India as a Telecommunications Advisor and worked closely with Analjit Singh, Founding Chairman of the Max Group, and continued his engagement with Hutchison Essar, Vodafone Essar, and later Vodafone India Limited.
Playing a key role in the formation of the Delhi-based telecommunications group, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Pal has represented the telecommunications industry at various national and multinational forums, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Paramount Communications since 1994. Pal was also President of Comsat Max Limited, based in Mumbai, between 1998 and 2001.