Commtel Networks

Commtel Networks
Commtel Networks Pvt Ltd.
Type Privately-held company
Industry Telecommunication, Surveillance
Founded July, 1998
Founder(s) Shriprakash R. Pandey
Headquarters Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Area served Worldwide
Products Optical Transport, Multi-service access equipment, High capacity, Microwave radio, Broadband, TDMoIP, Ethernet switches & routers, Network management systems, End user systems
Services Turnkey solutions
Revenue USD 12 million
Owner(s) Shriprakash R. Pandey
Employees 150
Website [1]

Commtel Networks Private Limited, headquartered in Mumbai, is a turnkey provider of converged telecommunication, surveillance and related technology solutions which are tailored for various products and professional services. It designs, builds and manages networks over fiber, radio or copper media and provides value by seamless integration in the sectors and projects of Oil & Gas, Power, Railways and Defense.[1]



Commtel Networks Private Limited, (“Commtel”) was incorporated in July 1998 by Shriprakash R. Pandey with a strong focus on providing value added services in the field of telecommunications. Commtel commenced its business from December 1998 and has been growing at an average rate of 40% for the past 12 years.[2] Mr. Shriprakash, the founder of Commtel is an Engineer by profession and has completed his Advanced Management Program from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and Kellogg School of Management at Chicago, IL.

Corporate history


  • 1998-1999:­­­­

Commtel got established with a team of 14 people operating out of 700 Sq. ft rented premises. They served 7 customers and closed the year with INR 6.2 Million turnover and an EBIDTA of 16%.

  • 1999-2000:

Commtel secured their first overseas services project. Commtel signed the Value Added Re-Seller contract with Nokia Networks Oy. [3]

  • 2000-2001:

Commtel got the first major Turnkey Project from GAIL for the 1200 km long Jamnagar-Loni LPG pipeline while partnering with Nokia Siemens Networks.[4] Commtel engineers performed systems integration and FAT for JLPL at Nokia’s Helsinki facility

  • 2001-2002:

Commtel got projects from GAIL, GSPL and WWW Projects Pvt Ltd. Citibank N.A. offered major financial assistance for business growth to Commtel. It then moved into its own 1700 sq. ft. office also setting up an 800 sq. ft. Systems Integration Center in Navi Mumbai[5]

  • 2002-2003:

Commtel entered the main stream telecom services business by partnering with Nortel Networks and Marconi Communications to deploy large networks[6]

  • 2003-2004:

Notable projects were given to Commtel by GSPL and GAIL. Commtel Networks received ISO 9001:2000 Certification from BVQI[7]

  • 2004-2005:

Increase in the number of customers from 18 to 42 marked Commtel’s market reach which was followed by the Extension of Navi Mumbai office with an additional 1600 sq. ft. area

  • 2005-2006:

Major industry players like L&T, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, PGCIL, WRI, etc. were added to the customer list[citation needed]

  • 2006-2007:

Commtel Network's FZE was established in UAE, a subsidiary company, heralding its international presence. Major projects won directly from GSPL, WRI, APTRANSCO, TCIL, Western Railway and ABB AS.[8] Commtels revenue grew by 85% and EBIDTA stood at 12%

  • 2007-2008:

Commtel made its presence felt even in powerhouse[peacock term] sectors like Railways, and Power apart from sectors like Oil & Gas. A new facility came up at Navi Mumbai which had Commtel’s integration center, 24x7 help desk service point, test bed and training facility

  • 2008-2009:

New Commtel logo was launched with the tag line “Let’s Reach the Next Level”. Commtel started working on the turnkey project from Cairn Energy for deployment of an integrated solution for the Barmer-Bhogat crude pipeline (world’s longest heated pipeline)[9]

  • 2009-2010:

Deployment of telecommunication and surveillance systems for the biggest hydroelectric project undertaken in India from NHPC for its Subansiri Hydroelectric Project. Re-certification of ISO 9001:2008 Certificate by Bureau Veritas

  • 2010-2011:

Bagged an offshore project from an international EPC named SIME DARBY, to equip ONGC’s strategic offshore platform with converged telecommunication systems. Commtel became the official sales partner of CISCO for its products in India. Major projects secured and successfully executed for customers like HPCL, HMEL, GAIL, IOCL and PGCIL

Core team

The core team consists of the following key members:[10]

  • Shriprakash R. Pandey - Founder, Chairman and Managing Director
  • P G Satish - Director on Board; Chief Operating Officer- United Commtel
  • Dinesh Pandey - Director on Board; Head- Business Value Creation Group
  • Dr. Upendra H. Manyam - Head, Commtel TechniX
  • Shreepal Gosar - Head, Business Commerce and Sourcing
  • Prasad Pai - Head, Technology Solutions & Engineering
  • Shubhojit Bhattacharya - Head, Business Value Delivery & Sustenance
  • Vijay Joshi - VP, Engineering Process Outsource Group


Commtel is ISO 9001:2008 certified by Bureau Veritas & accredited by UKAS for Design, Engineering, Integration, Project Implementation, Technical Services & Maintenance of Telecommunication Systems. It has completed two re-certification audits from year 2003.[11]


Commtel builds telecom networks, for voice, data and IP traffic over optical fibre or radio link. Some of the broad categories that Commtel is operating in are: [8]

Turnkey solutions

Commtel Networks design, engineer, integrate, supply, install, test, commission and manage all the activities for turnkey execution of converged telecommunication and surveillance systems projects. The design and implementation capability ranges from simple point to point network to complex converged telecommunication network comprising multiple systems.Commtel builds and manages networks over fiber, radio or copper media and integrate triple play services.[12][11] The processes involved to effect the complete solution are as follows:

  • Detailed Design Engineering
  • Procurement
  • Project Management Systems
  • Systems Integration
  • Installation and Commissioning
  • Multi-location Supply Chain Management

Product solutions

Commtel Networks provide a vast range of products in telecommunication and surveillance systems. Having designed, deployed and supported systems built on various technologies, they have a track record of delivering products either as part of a turnkey solution or on a purely supply basis.

Advanced engineering services

Working with the design team of Clients, Commtel identifies their functional requirement and tailor a solution which meets the requirement. Having engineered systems for various applications in the Energy and Hi-Tech sector.

24x7 support and maintenance services

Commtel's Helpdesk service provides Clients technical and operational staff with the assistance needed to resolve problems that may occur in the daily operations of the End-User's network. This support is provided via telephone or an email uninterrupted 24x7.

Front end engineering design

Basic engineering consultancy is followed by a front end engineering design (FEED), which has become a fore front activity, transforming lately into one of the core competencies. The process involved starts with identifying communication needs, defining and developing exhaustive telecommunication requirements and finally establishing the parameters of achieving the end goals.


  • Commtel Networks FZC [13]

In February 2007, Commtel set up a subsidiary company Commtel Networks (FZC) at the Sharjah Airport International Free Zone, United Arab Emirates. This 5000 sq. feet infrastructure is Commtel’s Systems Integration and Engineering Process Outsource Center that houses several state-of-the-art facilities.

  • United Commtel[14]

In September 2008, Commtel set up a joint venture in the United States Of America under the name of United Commtel LLC. This company is based in Dallas , TX and will provide converged network solutions to Telecom, Energy and Transport sectors in the North American market.

  • Commtel Network Solutions Pvt Ltd[13]

Commtel under a statement of collaboration has been co-operating with CommTel Network Solutions Pvt Ltd, headquartered in Melbourne, Australia since inception.

Environmental record

Commtel’s systems are designed in providing solutions that find a balance between efficiency, safety and environment. It undergoes exercise both internally and externally, and follows International Standards. It designs systems which are environmentally aware and use very less power and do not require air–conditioning systems thereby saving energy. Stringent safety policies are also followed and care is taken while using a particular product, disposing off the waste in the way it is meant to be. Reduction in usage of paper or minimal usage of paper, always seeking reduction in overall energy usage. This is achieved through procurement of energy efficient equipment, optimum use of lighting and air conditioning systems.[15]

Alliances and partnerships

  • Nokia Siemens Networks
  • Cisco
  • Motorola
  • FiberHome Technologies, CHINA
  • Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd

3C engagement model[16]

Commtel has developed a 3C model of working principles which can be described as (Conceptualize, Construct and Care). The model focuses on the power of human resources within an enterprise and is aimed at giving a companies customers unfragmented and end-to-end solutions with single point delivery. This model is the focal point of Commtel’s all delivery capabilities. With 'Conceptualize, Construct and Care', Commtel works on the inside with the client's design team, selects the technology for each system, and then provides technically suitable and cost-effective solutions.The 3C engagement model has been serving as the core business philosophy of the Commtel foundation.[11]


The range of products which Commtel offers are as indicated below[17] -

Transport Network Equipment

  • High Capacity CWDM/DWDM Transport
  • Fully Managed Packet Optical Transport
  • Next GenerationSDH-STM1/4/16/64 with EoSDH capability

Narrowband Multi-Service Product Range

  • PDH Optical Transport Products (2 Mbit/s to 34 Mbit/s)
  • PDH High Order Multiplexer (8 Mbit/s to 34 Mbit/s)
  • PDH Microwave Radio Products (7 GHz to 30 Ghz)
  • Primary Rate Multiplexer Equipment (2 Mbit/s Terminal &Drop Insert Muxes)
  • Primary Multiplexer Interface Units (All voice and date interfaces)
  • PDH Copper Transport Products (HDSL&G-SHDSL)
  • Digital Teleprotection Equipment
  • Digital Cross Connect Equipment

Carrier & Access Switches

  • Wide range of switches designed to be deployed in Metro Core, Aggregation and Edge applications including access switches.

Surveillance System

  • CCTV system with NVMS
  • Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS-fiber and IR based)
  • Pipeline Intrusion and Integrity Management System
  • Access Control System
  • Under Vehicle Surveillance System (UVSS)
  • RFID Asset Management System

Radio System

  • Tetra Radio System
  • VHF/UHF Trunked Radio System
  • HF SSB Radio System
  • VHF Marine
  • VHF Air to Ground
  • NDB System
  • Radio Interoperability System

Other Systems which are a part of End-to-End Solutions

  • Digital/IP PABX Systems- switching system for Voice and Data(IP, EPABX, VoIP etc.)
  • IP DSLAM and FTTX solutions
  • PAGA System
  • System Synchronisation Clocks
  • Structured Cabling Systems
  • Power Supply Systems


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