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Chetan is a recognized industry expert in strategy and implementation of wireless data and pervasive computing solutions. He has a strong background in developing and launching technologies, products, and solutions for the wireless Industry, including extensive experience in managing and delivering all phases of the product development cycle. Executives from leading wireless companies around the world seek his accurate predictions, independent insights, and actionable recommendations. He has served as an advisor to senior executive management of several Fortune 100 companies in the wireless space. Some of his clients include NTT DoCoMo, Disney, KTF, Sony, Virgin Mobile, Sprint Nextel, AT&T Wireless, Cincinnati Bell, Reuters, Qualcomm, Reliance Infocomm, SAP, Merrill Lynch, American Express, Infospace, BEA, and HP.

Before starting his consulting practice, he was founding Director of Emerging Solutions practice at Luminant Worldwide. Prior to his leadership of the R&D group, Sharma served as founder and Director of Luminant’s wireless practice1. In this role, he oversaw global client engagements, provided vision and strategic direction, conducted wireless research and development, and established partnerships with leading industry players such as IBM2. Prior to that, Chetan was a systems engineer and product manager, focusing on mobile communications, at Cellular Technical Services, where he worked on creating RF Fingerprinting solutions to prevent wireless fraud. His work was instrumental in making a big dent in the $1B industry-wide fraud problem. He also worked at Philips Consumer Communications – a joint venture between Lucent and Philips and was VP of Technical Marketing and Technology Licensing at a wireless multimedia company.

His experience with strategic alliances involved US carriers such as Verizon, Sprint, AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Cincinnati Bell, and others; some of the most prominent carriers in Europe and Asia; IBM, Intel, Telcordia, SBC, Unisys, and many other leading players in the wireless sector.

Chetan is the author of best-seller: Wireless Internet Enterprise Applications (John Wiley & Sons, 2000) and co-author of VoiceXML: Strategies and Techniques for Effective Voice Application Development (John Wiley & Sons, 2002). His most recent book titled Wireless data services: Technologies, Business models, and Global markets was published by Cambridge University Press, UK (Jan 2004) and is a collaboration with Dr. Yasuhisa Nakamura, SVP, NTT DoCoMo. Chetan has patents in wireless communications, is regularly invited to speak at conferences worldwide, and is an active member in industry bodies and committees. Chetan is interviewed frequently by leading international media publications such as WSJ Interactive, Information Week, Japan Media Review, InfoWorld, Wireless Data News etc. and has appeared on WBBN and CNBC as wireless data technology expert. He frequently addresses several telecommunications industry trade delegations to the US such as executive teams from Japan, Korea, and Finland. He served on the US advisory committee of Korea-Pacific US States Joint Conference on wireless and multimedia. Chetan has published several articles and industry reports on topics ranging from wireless multimedia to WLAN to UMTS.

He has also been involved as a wireless technology expert witness in intellectual property litigation cases including Intellectual Property Infringement (Section 337 investigations) case in front of US International Trade Commission.

Chetan is advisor to CEOs and CTOs of some of the leading wireless technology companies on product strategy and IP development. He serves on the advisory board of SignalLake (early stage telecom venture fund), Travelingwave (speech recognition), Nexage (mobile video), Compubahn (system integrator), and Intvo (mobile gaming). In addition, Chetan also advises some of the largest financial institutions on wireless technology and companies in the sector. Chetan is regularly invited by various US government agencies to speak on wireless data and security related matters. He is co-chair of wireless technology committee of Integration Consortium – IC. He is a member of IEEE, IEEE Communications Society, and IEEE Computers Society, and serves on judging panel of R&D Magazine for awarding Innovations around the world each year.

Chetan has MSEE from Kansas State University and BE from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.


AORTA or Always On Real-Time Access was coined by Mark Anderson, Publisher of SNS back in 1997 to announce the age of “always on, always connected to any information at anytime world”. This will be the theme I expect to discuss in this blog. AORTA clearly involves networks, infrastructure, middleware, and devices and we will be discussing the trends, opportunities, issues, innovations in this space. I first started discussing the concept and its implications back in 2000/2001 and am hoping to continue tracking the exciting world of AORTA. Your feedback is most welcome.