By our community reporter
Melbourne: Mr. Ravi Bhatia, President of the Australia India Business Council (AIBC) Victoria has been honored by the Swinburne Institute of Technology, Melbourne with an Hon. Doctorate in Technology (Doctor of Technology).
The honorary Doctorate was given on 20th December, 2013 during the Convocation of the university, Mr. Bhatia told SAT.
The doctorate was awarded: “IN RECOGNITION OF ACHIEVEMENT OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EMINENCE IN INDUSTRY, MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP, AND SUBSTANTIAL CONTRIBUTION TO SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY”, says the Swinburne University of Technology.
The citation printed in the Graduation Ceremony Program and read by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson, at the ceremony said:
“Ravi has contributed significantly to the use of high technology in Australia through founding of Primus Australia and served as its CEO till July 2011. He developed Primus Australia from the beginning into a highly successful and profitable facilities based telecommunications carrier generating over A$500m in annual revenue through organic
growth and acquisitions. Primus became the fourth largest telecommunications carrier and the third largest ISP in an environment of dominance by Telstra.”
“Ravi played a key role in development of a competitive telecommunications industry and Australia-US free-trade agreement as well as interaction with USTR and FCC which are agencies of the United States Government.”
“Ravi led the development and commercial deployment of Australia’s first copper-based DSL broadband services. More recently, he was responsible for roll out of first release NBN sites in Tasmania and NSW. He also pioneered the development of bypass and override codes to introduce competition in Australia’s international telecommunications.”
“He was responsible for development and deployment of indexable and searchable voice order recording systems that contributed significant increase in productivity in the industry. Earlier, he pioneered the use of inverse multiplexing to improve utilization efficiency of international cable bandwidth for internet.”
Mr. Ravi Bhatia founded the Primus Australia and retired as its CEO in 2011. He has held senior management positions in the US, Germany and other countries with Primus, MCI, OTC and Siemens in sales, marketing and public policy. Ravi is a member of the Board of the Alfred Foundation and the President of Australia India Business Council – Victoria.
- SAT News Service