Friday, July 9, 2010

Sanjeev Nanda Qualcomm's Femtocell Genius

Researcher Sanjeev Nanda

Sanjiv Nanda is Senior Director with Corporate Research and Development at Qualcomm. He is currently project engineer (lead) of the femtocell systems engineering program. The program addresses systems engineering issues including: self configuration, interference management and mobility management, to enable the widespread and rapid deployment of femtocells. The program also provides high level design support for the Qualcomm femtocell chipset products.

But What is Femtocell?

In telecommunications, a femtocell is a small cellular base station, typically designed for use in a home or small business. It connects to the service provider’s network via broadband (such as DSL or cable); current designs typically support 2 to 4 active mobile phones in a residential setting, and 8 to 16 active mobile phones in enterprise settings. A femtocell allows service providers to extend service coverage indoors, especially where access would otherwise be limited or unavailable. Although much attention is focused on WCDMA, the concept is applicable to all standards, including GSM, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA, WiMAX and LTE solutions.


Sanjeev Nanda has previously worked on systems engineering and standardization of fixed mobile convergence, 3G WiFi interworking, and MIMO WLAN (802.11n). In addition, Sanjeev Nanda has contributed to programs in cellular and wireless MAC design, cognitive radio and wireless networking. In 2008, Sanjeev Nanda was recognized by Corporate R&D for distinguished contributions to mentoring and incubating new programs, as well as management of the internship program and recruitment.

During 2001-2002 Sanjeev Nanda was director of systems engineering at Narad Networks, designing switched Ethernet backhaul over hybrid fiber coax networks. Prior to Narad, Sanjiv spent ten years with the Performance Analysis Department at Bell Laboratories, working on many aspects of cellular system design, including system architecture, protocol design, system performance and link performance. During 1989-90, as post-doc with David Goodman at Rutgers University, Sanjeev Nanda supported the founding and early success of WINLAB.

Sanjeev Nanda is a Senior Member of the IEEE, has may journal and magazine publications, and has been granted 48 US patents in the areas of wireless MAC, wireless link layer, as well as wireless and cellular networking.

Sanjeev Nanda received his B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from RPI.

For More info on Femtocell visit Wikipedia

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sanjeev Nanda on Kumar Mangalam Birla

Kumar Mangalam Birla is the Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group. The group is India's third largest business house. Major companies of Aditya Birla Group in India are Grasim, Hindalco, UltraTech Cement, Aditya Birla Nuvo and Idea Cellular. Aditya Birla Group's joint ventures include Birla Sun Life (Financial Services) and Birla NGK (Insulators). The group also has its presence in various countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Egypt, Canada, China and Australia.

Born on June 14, 1967, Kumar Mangalam Birla spent the early of his life in Calcutta and Mumbai. He is a Chartered Accountant and did his MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from the London Business School, London. Kumar Mangalam Birla took over as Chairman in 1995, at the age of 28, after sudden demise of his father, noted industrialist Aditya Birla, after whom the group is named.

When Kumar Mangalam Birla assumed the mantle at the Aditya Birla Group, Doubts were raised about his ability to handle a giant business house with interests spanning viscose, textiles and garments on the one hand and cement, aluminium and fertilisers on the other. But Kumar Mangalam proved his skeptics wrong. He brought in radical changes, changed business strategies, professionalised the entire group and replaced internal systems. Kumar Mangalam reduced his group's dependence on the cyclic commodities sectors by entering consumer products.

Under Kumar Mangalam Birla's leadership, the Aditya Birla Group, apart from consolidating its position in existing businesses, also ventured into sunrise sectors like cellular telephony, asset management, software and BPO.

Kumar Mangalam Birla also holds several key positions on various regulatory and professional boards, including chairmanship of the advisory committee constituted by the ministry of company affairs for 2006 and 2007, membership of the prime minister of India's advisory council on trade and industry, chairmanship of the board of trade reconstituted by the union minister of commerce and industry, and membership of the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India.

Kumar Mangalam Birla has won several honors. Major among them include The Business Leader of the Year (2003) by The Economic Times, Business Man of the Year - 2003 by Business India, and The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year - India in 2005.