Operational in 40 countries, Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) is a true multinational. It performed well in the financial year ending March 2009. Its chairman and managing director R.K. Upadhyay spoke with HT on his strategy to expand TCIL. Excerpts:
How did TCIL perform in 2008-09?
TCIL’s performance in the last financial year has been very good. Our consolidated revenue has gone up by 62 per cent to Rs 1,366 crore and the profit has gone up by 70 per cent to Rs 170.2 crore.
What is the secret behind the good performance?
We have been able to manage projects efficiently and bag a number of good projects in the Middle-east and India. In Africa we are executing a mega project of tele-medicine and tele-education.
In how many countries are you currently working?
We are working in about 40 countries in Middle East, Africa and the Saarc region. They include Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, UAE, Ethopia, Ghana, Nigeria and Nepal.
Do you work only in telecom and ICT sectors?
Apart from Telecom and ICT, we are focusing strongly on power and the civil infrastructure sector. In power, we are engaged in RAPDRP scheme of the government in the capacity of an IT consultant.
Name some of your important projects?
Pan African e-network project; fibre to the home project in Kuwait and UAE; national Internet backbone project for BSNL, KU band satellite project in Nepal, Tele-medicine and Tele-education project for SAARC countries, virtual university project for the university of Madras and construction of highway in Assam, and Cyber city project in Nigeria are some of the important projects that we are executing currently.