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Vodafone Idea CTO Vishant Vora quits

Vishant Vora, chief technology officer of Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) that has recently rebranded as VI, quit the company after a decade-long stint.
Vodafone Idea CTO Vishant Vora quitsNEW DELHI: Vishant Vora, chief technology officer of Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) that has recently rebranded as VI, quit the company after a decade-long stint.

“I would like to inform that after being in India for about 10 years, Vishant Vora, CTO has decided to return to the US,” Ravinder Takkar in internal staff communication, Wednesday said.

Vora played a key role in the telco's integration with Idea Cellular.

During this period in India, the top executive said that Vishant has been a prominent member of the evolution of the telecom industry.

“He has been a part of many technology transformations, first in Vodafone India, and then in Vodafone Idea in the last two years, and he has led from the front, the integration of our technology estates – one of the biggest and most complex integrations attempted anywhere in the world,” Takkar said.

The development has come at a time when the integration between Aditya Birla group’s Idea Cellular and Vodafone UK’s India arm, is in full throttle.

As CTO, Vishant Vora played a significant role in accomplishing this exercise over the last two years. He has now decided to return home to the US. We wish him the best for the future,” the telco in a statement said.

The company further said that it has recently completed the world’s largest network integration setting up a future ready network built on 5G architecture.

Vora will, however, continue with the Mumbai-based telco until October 31.

During the interim period, until a replacement, Rajinder Singh, executive vice president – Technology at VIL will officiate as a CTO.

“In the meantime, we have engaged in a search for a potential successor for Vishant and we shall make an appropriate announcement in the due course,” the top executive added.

In July, Vodafone Idea lost 1.2 million mobile broadband subscribers, taking the base to 115 million, following which its market share shrank by 40bp to 16.8%.

JM Financial recently said that while it was possible that VIL had a far higher gross loss at 7.5 million and strong gross addition of 3.8 million, and added that the telco had the weaker network.

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