Anil Ambani is Voice&Data Telecom Person of the Year 2007

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V&D News Bureau


New Delhi

July 19th, 2007

Anil D Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Communications, a part of the Reliance

ADA Group, is the Voice&Data Telecom Person of the Year 2007. This was

announced by Pradeep Gupta, CMD of CyberMedia, publishers of Voice&Data.

"Riding on robust subscriber and revenue growth, the equipment and services

sector of the telecom industry has done well in the last fiscal to cross $40

billion revenue mark," Gupta added.

Ambani was chosen for this honor for his leadership qualities in steering

Reliance Communications into the top telecommunication player in the CDMA

technology with around 28 million users. Past winners of Voice&Data Telecom

Person of the Year award include Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Dayanidhi Maran and

Sunil Bharti Mittal.


Nripendra Misra, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India presented

the 8th Annual V&D100 Awards in New Delhi.

Tejas Networks was declared as the emerging company of the year. The company

has been awarded for its contribution in the optical transmission space. Rajiv

Mody, Chairman and CEO, Sasken Communication Technologies is the Technovator of

the Year. Sasken is a leading software technology provider for imaging video and

music industry globally. More than 50 million phones carry Sasken's Intellectual

Property. These two awards have been announced for the first time.

The Telecom Person of the Year, the Emerging Company of the Year and the

Technovator of the Year were announced following an 8-member jury meet of

eminent professionals led by Dr. DPS Seth, ex-CMD of BSNL and ex-member TRAI.

The other members of the jury were SD Saxena, Director - Finance, BSNL; CS Rao,

Chairman, Communications Convergence Committee, ASSOCHAM; Dr Mukund Govind Rajan,

Director, Tata Teleservices; SC Khanna, Secretary General, AUSPI; Sunil Gujral,

EVP and CTO, Quatrro BPO Solutions; Amitabh Singhal, Director General, ISPAI,

and Prasanto K Roy, Chief Editor, CyberMedia.


For the Voice&Data survey, nearly 500 equipment and 150 services

companies were covered. As per the survey, India's telecom services industry

grew 22 percent to Rs 1,07,681 crore during 2006-07 on the back of a 46 percent

increase in telecom subscriber base. With a subscriber base of 206 million one

in five Indians has access to a phone. The telecom equipment sector grew 44

percent in 2006-07 posting revenue of Rs. 77,170 crore.

Other category winners included:

Audio Video Conferencing--Polycom


Fixed Phones--Bharti Teletech

Fixed Wireless Phones, CDMA handsets--LG Electronics

Mobile Phones, GSM Handsets--Nokia

Modem--Atrie Technology

Network Integration--Wipro Infotech

Network Storage--EMC

Network Management Services--HCL Comnet

Router, Switch, WLAN--Cisco

Structured Cabling--Tyco Electronics

Test & Measurement--Agilent Technologies

Telecom Cables--Sterlite Optical

Telecom Turnkey--ITI

Transmission--ECI Telecom

Telecom Software--TCS

Voice Solutions--Avaya GlobalConnect


Cellular--Bharti Airtel



Radio Trunking--Arvind Mills

Independent Infrastructure Provider--GIL



Wireless Infrastructure--Ericsson

Enterprise Equipment--Cisco

Telecom Equipment-Nokia

Telecom Services--BSNL

The Top 10 equipment vendors in the country were Nokia (Rs. 15,891 crore),

Ericsson (Rs. 5,004 crore), Motorola (Rs. 4,090 crore), Cisco (Rs. 4,037 crore),

Alcatel-Lucent (Rs. 3,500 crore), Wipro (Rs. 3,471 crore), LG Electronics (Rs.

3,140 crore), TCS (Rs. 3,006 crore), Infosys (Rs. 2,681 crore) and ZTE (Rs.

2,596 crore).