Yugal Kishore Sharma joins DEN as president, broadband

Yugal Kishore Sharma has joined DEN Networks as president, Broadband to spearhead the company’s foray into broadband internet services.

Yugal joins DEN from Tikona Digital Networks, a wireless broadband company with a 4G license where he was the COO. Prior to Tikona, he has worked with Polycom as regional director – India and South East Asia. He has also been associated with Tata Telecom, Siemens India, LG Electronics and PARSEC Technologies.

Commenting on Yugal’s appointment, Sameer Manchanda, chairman & managing director, DEN Networks said, “We are delighted to welcome Yugal to the DEN team. Following the unprecedented success of digitisation with addressability, the focus for our industry now expands to providing true high speed broadband services and bundled double and triple play offerings to consumers.”

SN Sharma, CEO, DEN Networks said, “It is our pleasure to have a seasoned broadband professional like Yugal at the helm of the broadband vertical. DEN has been gearing up for its broadband foray over the last few months. We have already carried out proof of concept tests on DOCSIS 3.0 platforms and achieved speeds of 100 Mbps in controlled conditions which is far higher than what most broadband platforms are able to offer today. ”

DEN’s expertise in cable television coupled with its strong nationwide presence in an estimated 13 million homes and with 5 million digital cable subscribers provides it a strong platform to rapidly grow its broadband services.

With the vision of offering double and triple play services to its subscribers, DEN has been investing heavily over the last few years to build a large fibre optic backbone through a combination of owned and leased fibre. Moreover, the existing cable going into the consumer home for digital cable TV is versatile enough to also provide high speed broadband giving the Company massive operating leverage for quick of deployment of its internet service.

Yugal will be reporting directly to SN Sharma, CEO, DEN.

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