Telecom Pros in Focus : Interview With Senior IOT Engineer Kishor Kumar Gurusiddappa

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Our today’s guest is the very experienced telecoms engineer Kishor Kumar Gurusiddappa, he specialises in the telecom industry with a number of years of experience of working both for Network and UE vendors.

Though he had always been interested in the Telecommunications and the dynamics of the industry, he himself calls his introduction to the telecom business an accident, the industry was in a state of recession when he graduated, so he started his professional career as a teacher in Embedded controllers and Operating Systems for Undergraduate level studies Siddaganga Institute of Technology in India, he got his first step in the telecom business when he joined Hughes Software Systems (Lucent technologies) in 2003 as a development and field support engineer, and there has been no turning back since.

Now Kishor works as a senior consultant in the customer support organization in ST Ericsson, he calls him self a professional tester, he lives in Malmö, Sweden with his wife who is also a software engineer. Lets get to know Kishor a little better.

How would you define what IOT is?

Kishore: Connecting different domains and making sure that everything works as a product in the system.

Is there a lot of travelling while doing IOT?

Kishor: Yes, there is a lot of travelling, two years back as an IOT engineer I have travelled a lot , but it has reduced since i have joined the customer support organization.

How many frequent flyer miles have you collected by now?

Kishor (laughing) Unfortunately not, I had a few frequent flier memberships but haven’t followed up it.

Is there one quality that an IOT tester could not be without?

Kishor: An IOT engineer should be first and foremost self motivated, willing to learn and improve himself, you will see a lot of problem, even outside your technical field, it can be easy to get de-motivated, but this is a part of the assignment, so it’s important as an IOT engineer to be prepared to deal with issues arising anywhere while testing.

What is the most fun thing about your work?

Kishor: What is fun is that every day I get to see a lot of new issues, many challenges and new requests coming from customers and from people within the team and this is what drives me.

The Specification for 3GPP is quite large, do you have a favorite?

Kishor: My favourite and most used is 3GPP TS 25.331, 24.008 and 25.0211.

Most memorable moment at IOT?

Kishor: In a previous job we were doing field testing in downtown Atlanta and were ambushed by the cops who had come prepared to diffuse a potentially hostile situation outside the Hilton involving suspicious Asian men working on unidentified electronic equipment.

Do you have any tips for engineers looking forward to be IOT testers?

Kishor: He has to be well versed in the technical aspect of the field and should be ready to take up the challenges from broad area of the field, it is maybe not for someone who is does not have his heart in it.

What do you do to wind down?

Kishor: I swim regularly and enjoying singing and drawing, I am an artist at heart.

Do you follow the trends in the telecomm industry?

Kishor: I follow the trends only specific to the technology, I do not follow phones release and things like that.

What is the most noteworthy innovation you’ve seen in the telecomm business that in your opinion has changed the face of mobile phone business.

Kishor: 3G has changed things quite a lot, GSM was already there when i started working, and I saw people struggling with very small bitrates which are not suited for the use of many applications, but after 3G the rise of the smart phones has been amazing, it was unconceivable when we were in university.

Does your wife know what a UE is?

Kishor: She doesn’t.. she knows what a mobile is. It is amazing, when I was back at my village away from the technical environment and was surrounded by people who know how to use a mobile but do not know ‘how’ a mobile works, I tried explaining to them how among a million people your phone rings when someone calls you, they were awestruck and look at me as if I was a god.

How do you spend the day after an IOT session when you’re travelling abroad?

Kishor: I like to go out and seeing places and experiencing foods at different restaurants.

Favorite gadget?

Kishor: The Samsung tabs is something I bought recently and enjoying it.

If you were not in telecoms business where would you be?

Kishor: I am an artistic guy, I like to paint, I enjoy music and reading history.. somehow my circumstances took me in a different direction.

Favorite Science fiction product?

Kishor: I enjoy historical documentary and movies which are close to reality, not a big fan of unbelievable science fiction.

Whats the next big innovation you see in the coming 10 years or so?

Kishor: Telepathy is something I look forward too.

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Naveed Mumtaz

Network Vendor Coordinator at ST Ericsson in Sweden.