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Indian Chip Design start-up Mymo Wireless emerges a strong contender for Make in India initiative with Innovative research on LTE, the Latest Wireless Technology. A Special report by Sufia Tippu

    On a warm sultry evening in Delhi, when 21 year old Sondur Lakshmipathi helped out another Indian Air Force batch mate Ramana Reddy, whon was struggling to makes sense out of algebraic and mathematical euations for his AMIE exams (Associate Member of Institute of Engineers - a distance education course equivalent of BE course), little did he realize that this would be the first stepping stone to techno preneurship. several patents to its credit. Moreover,since it owns the intellectual property (IP), it can customize its design depending on the local and global market requirements, something which very few companies across the globe can do. A clear example of how Indian Technopreneurs are contributing to the visionof “MAKE IN INDIA” dream.

Indian Propellers
for LTE take-off

    The entire ‘Digital India’ plan which includes the smart cities in its agenda are all propelling the LTE tech to take off in the country.

    As India moves ahead on a path to create a digital India and build a smart city infrastructure, LTE is set to play a critical role and create a seamless connectivity platform for backhaul connectivity for a number of bandwidth intensive applications at high speeds. India has been evolving as the most promising destination for global companies, so the opportunities are right here in our own country, we have the right time and opportunities for addressing markets by our own eco-system” says Dr Sondur Lakshmipathi, CEO, Mymo Wireless.

    And, no one, including Lakshmipathi could have predicted that this seed of entrepreneurship would grow to create an indelible impression on the global map of a technology called 4G LTE (Long Trem Evolution). Today, as the founder CEO of Mymo Wireless, he can proudly say that his company is pioneering this latest wireless technology development in india and also closely working with its incubator Indian Institute of Science for future applications in this roadmap.

    Government announcements, increasing foreign interest in infrastructural development and Internet of Things (IoT), the magic phrase that would connect all your devices and machines are going to be driven by LTE technology. Although standards have been developed only for the telecom carriers as of now, the whole LTE scenario is literally evolving each day and touching lives in different ways – the most important being in the IoT space.

IDC in its worldwide and Regional- Internet of Things 2014-2020 Forecast, has predicted that the global IoT market would reach $7.1 trillion by 2020, as people in urban areas demand connectivity. This trend will result in the conversion of production processes and a merger of industrial systems, technologies and communications infrastructure. According to IDC, devices, sensors, applications and data centers will interact in a heterogeneous technology environment, which will require greater collaboration between tech companies and providers.

Current lifestyle demands and smart cities which have come up in different parts of the world and those slated to come up in India are all displaying massive growth prospects.

    On a warm sultry evening in Delhi, when 21 year old Sondur Lakshmipathi helped out another Indian Air Force batch mate Ramana Reddy, whon was struggling to makes sense out of algebraic and mathematical euations for his AMIE exams (Associate Member of Institute of Engineers - a distance education course equivalent of BE course), little did he realize that this would be the first stepping stone to techno preneurship.

Today’s IoT applications such as smart lighting, smart homes and buildings, smart healthcare devices, smartlocks and everything “smart” are based mainly on sensors which rely on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology to connect people and devices. But these are low range and low powered and have constraints, in particular, the lack of direct connectivity to backhaul. “But LTE is set to bypass these limits coming out in different variants like 300 megabits per second high speed dongles and phones to ultra-low power IOT-M2M devices able to connect direct to backhaul and run for many years with as small as a button-sized battery which is quintessential for many IOT-M2M applications,” Lakshmipathi said.

Mymo’s edge over
other players

Today Mymo, founded by four members and incubated at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISc) is a small operation with just about 35 people. But the kind of growth it is anticipating is ambitious to say the least. “We would like to be the next Qualcomm, a 30-year-old and world’s leading wireless company. I know it sounds

Mymo workstation

a bit ambitious but we can reach there given time and technological innovations. We have robust plans to clock revenues of $1+ billion in the next five years,” says Lakshmipathi.

Mymo can design chipsets right from beginning to the end for handheld segment and has the IP for designing for the macro cell base stations for LTE. Some of its products (chipsets) are being licensed by Tier I US companies for LTE based IoT-M2M chipsets in addition to diverse projects with customers ranging from top leading avionics group for the world’s fastest LTE inflight internet modems to LTE based satellite modems apart from LTE based military specific products. Some day when you browse uninterrupted internet on a flight and download a film at superfast speed at that height Mymo would have made it happen.

    “There are very few companies who can to take up such a challenge. We took up the challenge and proved that we have the capability to design and demonstrate the standards to comply with world class performance.” Lakshmipathi adds.

    It all depends on the type of applications that customers want. Large companies would take prefabricated chipsets done by a handful of companies and utilize them for different vertical markets. “But we are capable of customizing our designs to suit any niche market as the technology is designed and owned by us from scratch. That is the special advantage we have, this facilitates us to license the IP to the companies who are building the LTE based chipsets from IoT-M2M to high speed phones. There are only a handful of companies in the world with demonstrated and certified IP developed from scratch in-house to build the chipsets and we are one of those – who have the basic building blocks for all mobile chipsets that utilize the LTE technology,” he says.

Traditionally Indian company scenarios are not used to this kind of a technology road maps. They buy operational chips from Tier-I vendors and build BSPs (board software packages) around it to make the products, it may be for civilian or for defence. This limits the flexibility to design the products meeting the requirements of important sectors like defence which eventually continue to depend on imported predefined

Dr Sondur Lakshmipathi with his son Madan Babu Sondur founder member

predefined products and compromise the security. When it comes to the core chip itself with technology IP ownership, India is not having many. “We are the first company on building the core LTE chip from India. Once this has been done, we are looking at releasing a series of chips and each will be targeted at different markets such as (a) Ultralow power chip, which would include IoT-M2M communication such as say, smart grids etc., (b) LTE technology for mobiles, handsets tablets which need higher data speeds of around 150 -300 megabits per second, (c) military (d) public safety (e) aeronautics,” he notes.

Make in India initiative–A
strong morale booster

For the last two decades India has the consistent economic growth, during global economic down-turn India withstood its economic growth despite global recession. India is expected to continue to grow economically in the coming years in different fields of markets, one of them quite evident was the revolutionary growth of telecom market like cellular phones and broadband internet. India eventually became a major consumer hub for telecom equipment marketing by many global industries like Nokia, Siemens, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Ericsson, Huwaei and ZTE. India has crossed the mark of a billion plus cell phone users and poised to grow in future with new 4G and 5Glike LTE for data, voice and video connectivity.

The IoT and M2M expected to exponentially grow for next 10-15 years. If we look back and analyze carefully it is evident that in-spite of its strong economic growth, India, however, has not become a significant player in the development and manufacturing of high-tech telecom products, we are still major importer of high-end technology based telecom products. As a realty check how much of these high technologies are done from within India – the answer is a clear zero. Mymo hopes that the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative will give a serious boost to fill this gap and help the promotion of local telecom industry and entrepreneurial support for cutting-edge products manufacturing with significant technology ownerships. “The kind of focus the government has is in sync with the kind of the work that we are doing,” he added.

service sectors. However, the skewed focus on services offers no real ownership of technology. Today, when people talk of manufacturing, most of them get chipsets which are something like black boxes for the product making, they are imported from outside the country leading to a mere assembling of products. India has been importing the telecom products of worth nearly USD 40 billion annually, the 2nd largest after the oil imports. As the next stage of telecom revolution of IoT-M2M is poised to take-off, the dependence on import of components will continue to grow further. This is a cause for concern. India cannot afford to continue to import and depend on outside players. This imported technology domination can have serious implications on manufacturing growth and ‘Make in India’ roadmap.

    The local manufacturing of high end technology products is key to economic growth of India and helps to retain the best talents for domestic growth. With ‘Make in India’ program we hope to create major success stories of high tech growth, the reason we require such high tech stories is that the major multinational telecom suppliers spin out the products with main focus on global markets but not with India specific focus. In such a situation we cannot dictate to tinker their basic technology to meet exclusive domestic market needs. For instance, the military requires a higher level of encryption for security but given the technological access to them they are accessible for bootstrapping the security only peripherally, such high level and peripheral application level approach will not offer guaranteed secured military communications.

    Another example is that of Indian rural telecommunications which is of prime importance to government of India, we continue to depend on the off-the-shelf technology products and services available for rural communications which are neither efficient nor fit for rural deployments, they are not feasible for tinkering the technology to meet localspecific requirements. As the telecommunications are being revolutionized by the entry of IoT-M2M communications the proprietary product designs for domestic markets including for rural India will become every important. “Mymo with its technology ownership and a series of 4G and 5G

LTE based chips for IoT-M2M, highspeed dongles and customized military products will fulfill the specific customized needs and requirements” he said. “The recent demonstration of Mymo’s LTE technology in non-LTE 500 MHz TV white space spectrum is proof of this” says Dr. Lakshmipathi. The experiments were done in collaboration with one of the IITs, where Mymo offered their infrastructure and services by tuning the LTE systems to successfully conduct over-the-air experiments to analyze the suitability of LTE for 500 MHz TV white space band which are non-LTE bands.

Defence seeks
LTE tech

    Indian defense sector has been on the learning curve for LTE and its advantages, it has been wanting to use LTE for its own defence network. An important aspect of defense is the requirement of customized products that are adaptable. In the absence of such local companies manufacturing all that it could do was either import it from Israel, US, China or Europe.

    Since defence is the backbone of any country’s strength, it cannot use any other country’s technology to run its network. Indian Military has been on the lookout for adaptable and customizable communication products for the past few years and wanted indigenous products with a low-level technology access for military specific adaptations.

    Indian defense too is looking for indigenous tailor-made LTE that could deliver more. That’s where Mymo can play a crucial role. “Recently I had discussions with senior military generals in MCTE, Indore. Mymo was one among the MNCs who successfully bid to provide the SDR based 4G LTE products, interestingly, Mymo was the only company to demonstrate to MCTE the capability of operating LTE network and products in unlicensed frequency bands, whereas the imported LTE products from other MNC bidderscould cater to only to licensed bands with no capability to provide adaptations as required by military or a low level access for encryptions which are vital for military experiments. Since Mymo has the complete expertise and ownership on the technology it has the USP to meet their actual needs, it was quite interesting to military by witnessing

    India’s tremendous growth story in IT field is majorly skewed towards witnessing such products demonstrations, example in one of the Conferences SES-2015 Bangalore held on 30th, 31st, July 2015. Military no longer needs the products which are directly available in the market, that are standards based designs whose signal chain information are universally known. This has been a major concern for military about the potential security breach by using such standards based products. When it comes to defense something different is needed so that its own modulation schemes or own sequences right from baseband to all the layers can be defined exclusively. Basically it would be their exclusively created and owned network, based on LTE.

    Right now Indian defence is not using LTE technology. But it is very eager to move into LTE space but not able to find vendors who can supply products/chips where it can integrate or embed a robust secured mechanisms for their tactical and battlefield communications. Mymo, in this regard, is aiming to create a disruption by providing state-of-the-art systems for Indian markets including defence. “One of the disruptions is that Mymo is demonstrating the backpacked mobile LTE networks, with base stations and handheld devices, as the network-onmobility by gearing up the military batallions equipped with next generation tactical warfare communications” says Lakshmipathi.

Ecosystem and

The high tech ventures cannot make progress without strong local ecosystem and governmental support. In the present situation, one really cannot compare Indian technology companies to the US or NSA-owned technology companies. The US, Israel, South Korea, Europe and China have shown examples of strong national government support for their local industry, like Qualcomm in wireless chips, Intel in computer chips, Ericsson in telecom products, Nokia and Samsung in cell-phones, Huwaei and ZTE for telecom products all fit this model of growth from protected national to global markets with persistent Government backing. Telecom industry is dominated by the US, Israel, Korea, China and Europe which are often near monopolies and fiercely

protect their market position to survive. These companies come with a big portfolios of legacy dominances with product IP ownerships. This makes Indian technopreneurs quite challenging for successfully breaking into high-end technology markets globally and domestically. Government and local ecosystem support is vital for breaking this monopoly for truly realizing the Make in India dream.With Make in India program we are quite encouraged and hopeful that the government and local ecosystem is evolving and would add tremendous support for envisioning and spear heading the revolution of indigenization in the country.

Local chips, local

    Another issue is the dependability in terms of support. There are talks that because of the lack of support the army has de-listed several multinational companies from their procurement list. Overseas vendors merely come and sell their equipment and are gone once the sale is made. Even if they have offices in India when it comes to real time support it is sorely missing.

    The irony here was this: The company which was selling the base stations was a customer of their customer. Part of Mymo’s development which was sold to the multinational company was sold to a company of another

country and it was now being sold in India!

    “When the military showed us the box, we noticed that it was our licensed IP that was running inside. You see, part the IP development was done by us and we had licensed it to the MNC company,” Madan Babu Sondur, Director (Products and Marketing) said.

    Mymo, even in its most challenging times, never sold the IP rights. It merely licensed under with non-exclusivity terms. “We had bigger dreams. We will not give them the rights because if we do they become our competitor. We license it to them to build their products but you cannot license it to a third party. But you can sell your products in the market. And it was this same product which was brought in as our competitor and he wasn’t even aware of it,” Devika Raghavendran, Vice President, Mymo wireless adds.

    But the product built by that company did not have any flexibility as required by the military. It was given as a box to be sold: to be displayed and to demonstrate the capabilities of the box as it is. The company was not able to extend the capabilities in it. On the other hand, this was an advantage Mymo had – it could extend capabilities and add further capabilities. Since it owned the IP it could tinker with it and modify it for specific requirements of the customers.

This has always been a challenge for Indian defence. Even to build a night combat aircraft or a helicopter, it had to buy the off-the shelf products from US or Russia. Before the sale is made sales pitches are great but when it comes to integrating it and providing support, sometimes it is a miserable failure replete with perils.

Next level of growth

    This was an eye-opener for Mymo. “We were not into product design till now – we were only in IP design and licensing. So once we saw that we could sustain and grow – our thinking changed and we decided to get into the chips based on our IP and create products that are targeted at the upcoming markets like IoT-M2M, military, avionics, satellite, public safety and TV broadcasting by LTE,” he said.

    Mymo Wireless has set its vision and mission goals aligning to Make in India for becoming a world-class telecom company in next 3 years. It is pioneering the efforts for technology ownership in 4G and 5G like LTE and is actively engaging with Indian and global telecom companies. Mymo is striving to have significant market presence with technology and IP ownership and grab a significant market share.


    "During the product demonstration at the MCTE heard Lt.General signal corps questioning one of the exhibitors "Is the technology yours? Did you build it? Do you own it ?" This shows that there is a major concern of security and privacy in the Indian Army. During my interactions with various Brigadiers and Colonels, I have come to know the other major concern for Indian Army was dependability. The equipment which they purchase is often sold without proper support and flexibility. Hence they were desperately searching for indigenous advanced wireless technologies," says Madan Babu Sondur.

    Mymo Wireless set up the first-of-its-kind lab for the Indian army in Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE), Mhow. This will enable MCTE students to carry out hands-on training on the latest mobile communication equipment. The setting up of the lab was covered extensively in the national and local media.


    Hailing from a small town called Kalyanadurg in Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh, Dr Sondur Lakshmipathi is a perfect example of how you can succeed if you get your focus right and do the things with determination you love to do.

    “My father expired when I was two years and my mother single-handedly brought me up. At school I was adored by my mathematics teachers because I loved mathematics and I was good at it. I always dreamt of becoming an engineer but it was economically challenging for me to do engineering. Hence, after completing my 10+2 of schooling I joined the IAF where I was recruited as an airman and was trained to work in the field of radar and communications,” he recalls.

which hardware had gone bad; there was no software concept in the radios those days” he says.

At that time, he used to think why we Indians couldn’t do these by ourselves and wonder whether we were really incapable of making such equipment here.

That inherent passion was there, right from those days when he was travelling on mud roads and unfriendly terrain with his superiors in trucks lugging huge transistors-based radios with antennas rudely sticking out. “After the sixmonth radar training course in Bangalore I was posted to Jodhpur and I remained there for 3 years. It was unusual for uniform personnel in defence to be posted in one area for more than six years but since I was good at these radio and networks knowledge,

    “In the air force, unmarried boys stay in barracks with strict enforcement of military discipline.

We subconsciously fell into different groups in the barracks based on the language we spoke. I naturally belonged to the Telugu-speaking group. I used to see another fellow airman, Ramana Reddy bringing maths books and struggling with the studies. One day I was sitting with him and idly went through the math books and found it all so easy and helped him to solve the problems and algebraic equations,” he recalls. The books that his friend was studying wereas for the AMIE exam which Lakshmipathi was not even aware of, being asmalltown boy. “My friend suggested that since I was so good at it why don’t I register for the course and study for the exam; he got me the

application forms and helped me register for the course. AMIE , which is a distance education course, is equivalent to a regular engineering degree but the course was entirely based on correspondence and selfstudy. I didn’t find it a big deal to cope with it and easily got through it,” he says with a smile.

    Since he was excellent on the technical side he was sent to undergo specialized training in the radars and communications in Bangalore for a six-month intensive training. Later on he was posted in places like Jodhpur and Jorhat (on the western and eastern border respectively). “In all these

places there were regular practices of military/ air force communication exercises and mock trials conducted regularly. “Soldiers used to go by trucks with huge radio equipment antennas and tune to different frequencies by setting up the radio networks for the trials. The equipment used to be bulky, heavy and noisy. It wasn’t like the way it is now. If any problem used to crop up in the radio or network, we have to look up in the manuals which were in foreign languages (since everything was imported either from Russia or Germany) and it used to be very difficult to fix the problem and figure out


I was retained there till my completion of initial assignment of 15 years in IAF, I was of the rank Sergeant.”Like the present, even in those days it was an extremely challenging time for all the soldiers posted in the border areas. But the technical situation was way different from the present day scenario. “In border areas like Jaisalmer, Jodhpur there used to be a lot of scrambling of aircraft at night when flights used to cross each other’s borders inadvertently. It was a risky area and the radars and communications couldn’t afford to break down even for few seconds as severity of ground-to-air communication to fighter planes and the radar tracking for effective navigation was critical to the operational readiness.

    So people who could understand and deep-dive into the technology were needed to maintain the equipment and networks. It was only uniform men in charge of those operations and they were expected to be good at the understanding of those radars which were situated in high altitude mountains with radio links to the ground operational centers. It was very critical for the entire network- based on radio and radar equipment to be fully operational. The speed and readiness were the critical factors on the efficiency of the communication wings on their capability to cope with unexpected situations at the borders.

    “When I was in Jodhpur, the commanders had high regard for me since I had the ability and competence to understand the complex technical issues on the ground which used to crop up during live operations and fix up in a most reasonable amount of time. There were times when the frustration levels were very high due to failure of communication with the pilots of fighter flights or loss of flight detections by radars. Those days it was all old technology with powerful transistors and large valves that required manual tuning with expertise to match the

radio and antenna for maximum radiation – it used to be very challenging. I was smart enough at those and therefore I was retained for more than six years in the same squadron because of special instructions from higher command that my posting was not to be disturbed. In defence, after a period of 2-3 years you get posted to different locations in India but this was unusual kind of a situation,” he recalls.

    Interestingly, before his 15-year assignment ran out he was posted in the same place. He was lucky to be near the University of Jodhpur which was adjacent to the IAF premises. A number of defence officers used to do the M.E. courses which were conducted as the evening courses suiting the defence personnel timings. Such was the support and rapport from his superiors that they suggested him to try the admission for ME. He completed the ME during 1988-89 from University of Jodhpur. which was adjacent to the IAF premises. A number of defence officers used to do the M.E. courses

which were conducted as the evening courses suiting the defence personnel timings. Such was the support and rapport from his superiors that they suggested him to try the admission for ME. He completed the ME during 1988-89 from University of Jodhpur.

    “After my 15-year contract with IAF, I had the option to continue till my retirement in uniform but the passion for achieving something credible in technology domain was running very high in my mind. So I opted for the change to a new career.

    I came to IISc, Bangalore for an interview in 1994, for pursuing my PhD and was selected for the PhD scholarship in signal processing and was awarded the doctorate after four years of research in array signal processing for sonars,” he says. Later he went to Brussels in Belgium to join IMEC as the Member of Technical staff, but was there just for six months because

he had to return to Bangalore for personal reasons. After returning to India he joined Encore.

    Later, he joined Intel where he worked as the Wireless Staff Architect in WiFi for five years. “At Intel I was closely working with Intel Labs and filed research inventions which resulted into 25 plus international patents ” he says.

    After Intel, he joined as Chief Technology Officer in Esqube Communications which was founded by some of the IISc professors where he worked till 2008.

    “I wanted to do something more in terms hardcore indigenous technology that was lacking in our IT eco-system. I made a proposal to IISc for the incubation of a company in 4G and 5G and after few

Mymo Wireless Founder team

rounds of review, I got the incubation approval in 2009 with a seed funding of Rs. 25 lakhs. Soon this became one of the successful and profitable companies incubated by IISc and even today we are continuing to make progress.”

    With an initial team of four members, Devika Raghavendran, Puneeta Reddy, Madan Babu Sondur and Dr. Lakshmipathi himself, Mymo was born in 2009 and there has been no looking back since then.

“I feel the journey from solider to researcher to entrepreneur was incredible and I am highly honored to have associated with these esteemed organizations. I feel that the destiny is reconnecting me back with these institutions again by my association with IISc through incubation of Mymo and opportunity with military on defence-related communications,” adds Dr. Lakshmipathi.


My role model would be Professor Paulraj Arogyaswamy, father of MIMO and Professor Emeritus from Stanford University. He was also from the defence background and used to head CRL-BEL and later went to Stanford and became world-renowned for the development of MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output: an essential element of wireless communication standards).


    Long term vision : Ultimately I want our company to be another Qualcomm but that would take time.

Short term vision: World class design house working on emerging wireless technologies with significant ownership


    Pioneer wireless technologies in the Indian market where huge potential exists with the growth of the consumerism.


    He is not your typical CEO. He lives, dreams and breathes Mymo aka LTE.

He is not in the late 20s or early 30s – the young ones you see as CEOs of start-ups. He is 58 years and the only break he takes old is to play with his one-and a half year old grandson, Hiten, whom he adores to a fault.

    He doesn’t have leisure time nor does he allow anyone else to have leisure time. But the rest of the team (women especially) can work on flexible basis.

    Likes to see action movies like Gladiator and King Arthur not because

of action/violent scenes but because they serve as an inspiration for an entrepreneur. “If you really think about it, life is sometimes worse than that - the challenges that we face and the odds that are stacked up against us. I get inspired when I watch how the actors have to battle it out with sheer will power and confidence,” he says.Likes to watch tennis matches. Again to see how players like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic demonstrate confidence and never lose their motivation till the last ball.

    Loves to read technical books and has built a whole library of technical literature.

    After Intel, he joined as Chief Technology Officer in Esqube Communications which was founded by some of the IISc professors where he worked till 2008.

    “I wanted to do something more in terms hardcore indigenous technology that was lacking in our IT eco-system. I made a proposal to IISc for the incubation of a company in 4G and 5G and after few.


Founders : Founder and CEO Dr Sondur Lakshmipathi, Co-Founders: Devika Raghavendran, Puneetha Reddy and Madan Babu Sondur.

Dr Sondur Lakshmipathi:has filed nine patents and been awarded all nine from Chennai.

Devika Raghavendran :Chief architect for Layer 2 and Layer 3 of the protocol stack; providing guidance and team building; trouble shooter - can instantly identify were the problem lies in a complex design.

Madan Babu Sondur :A great innovator, engineer, and futurist. Built cutting edge LTE products like MW1000, MW2000, MW3000 USR (Ultra Software Radio) from scratch. MWx000 USR products are used as a benchmark design product for designing and realizing LTE proof of concept complex systems before going to chip tape out apart from also being a commercial product.


What exactly is LTE and how is it connected to 4G that we keep reading about from our cellular operators? Are LTE enabled cars coming out from global automobile manufacturers?

The term 4G LTE is really two terms. 4G means the fourth generation of data technology for cellular networks following 3G, the third generation. As the terms LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, a technology which provides high-speed data for phones and other mobile devices and has been evolving and will be evolving over time. If 4G and LTE are taken together, they make 4G LTE the fastest 4G service available today.

The download speeds are four to five times faster than 3G networks and since it is wireless it (the modem) can be taken outside your home and the user can access the Internet wherever there is 4G coverage with any 4G-enabled devices including smartphones, tablets and mobile hotspots.

The main users are people with smartphones, tablets and laptops who often need fast data speeds for Web browsing, app use and email. It can give you the same or greater data speeds than wi-fi when you are outside too and is much faster than public Wi-Fi networks.

And, how does 4G differ from this term ‘LTE’?

Simply put LTE, is the fastest, most consistent variety of 4G, and is the one that adheres to the technical standard set by the U.N.

The main players in LTE space are Qualcomm, Huawei and ZTE. Others include Israel’s Altair-Semi and France’s Sequans and now an Indian company called Mymo Wireless has joined in the fray.

  • IoT
  • Cellular
  • Avionics
  • Defence
  • Public safety and
    communications (Tetra)

IPTV – LTE-based TV broadcasting. (Here you wouldn’t need a dish antenna for viewing channels. They can be brought in directly through the Internet without a dis.This could become a reality in the next 3-4 years.

  • Best startup (3rd Dec 2014) Govt. of India
  • Si startup of the year in 2014 by Siliconindia
  • Award of excellence by TIDE Govt. of India on 25th Dec 2014
  • Best startup company by NASSCOM under inovation in 2009
  • Most promising award by CIOReview in the year 2015
  • Winners at the innovators competition by FICCI in the year 2009

If one has to be an entrepreneur it is totally a different ball game. You have to shed your professorial outlook, lock up all your titles and degrees in a safe, come out of the comfort zone and get into the field with barely anything but your knowledge skills. You have to jump into the churning waters of entrepreneurship. The voyage is hidden with a lot many challenges. Your degrees and doctrates and titles do not really matter – they will not bail you out from the swirling waters of entrepreneurs. The customer does not really care when you have a doctorate or not – he needs you to deliver what he wants and you have to deliver much more than his needs to be a roaring success.

My defence career gave me that survival instinct - to be mentally tough to get on with your idea and execution against all the odds.

I used to tell some of the professor friends that you have to resign the post and come and face the consequence and work day and night and survive. If you try to be a professor and an entrepreneur it just doesn’t work – the safety net of your tenure as a professor is always there and you cannot really take the risks.

You need to have a completely different mind-set for being an entrepreneur.

  • Build system on chip (SoC) for different market segments
  • Build products for military/ defence
  • Launch different releases of LTE & capture markets in the IoT space.
  • Open an office in the Silicon Valley & set up a sales and market team as well as and a small development team there
  • Sign more MoUs with companies like UK-based Imagination (signed already) and others who have specialised DSPs that go into silicon and who would like to partner with us so that our technology goes into their silicon I Working
  • Working with IISc (which holds a 12 % stake in Mymo) to use their patents as part of our as patents portfolio offering.
  • Negotiating with IITs to leverage their patents to us.
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