Pawan Garg

Former Wireless Advisor to Government of India

Mr. Pawan Garg is former Wireless Adviser to the Government of India, which is Head of national spectrum management organization, in Ministry of Communications, New Delhi. He was internationally elected Member of the Radio Regulations Board (RRB) of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva from early 2007 to end 2014. ITU is the specialized body of UN system for ICT issues. Mr. Garg was elected Chairman of the Board for 2013.

This specialized ITU Board resolves various issues concerning implementation of ITU Radio Regulations, which is an international treaty for planning and use of RF spectrum & satellites globally; as well as resolution of disputes among countries, if any, regarding use of radio spectrum or interference in its usage.

He is an alumnus of Punjab Engg. College (PEC), Chandigarh and has 50 years of experience in spectrum management and planning of various radiocommunication services – both terrestrial and satellite based. He has been associated with satellite sector since 1971, when India’s first commercial satellite earth station became operational for international communications with INTELSAT and subsequently with INSAT program since 1978.

During his term as Wireless Adviser to Govt. of India from 2002 to 2008, exponential growth of mobile services took place in India, when it grew from 1 million to 100 million, for further growth and give India the second largest subscriber base globally, as well as to bring phone services within the reach of common man.

Widely traveled since 1980, he has represented India on the Governing Council of ITU and chaired / spoken at large number of national and international conferences in his field, besides publishing many papers on related issues.