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150th Issue

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VoicenData Bureau
New Update

Seamless telecommunications has been both a cause and an effect

of what Tom Friedman calls the flattening of the world. In the flat world,

geographical boundaries are irrelevant; political boundaries are meaningless.

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We Indians, surprising as it may sound, have been very

comfortable with this idea for long. India itself has been a political country

for just about a few hundred years, from the time the British ruled it as a

single nation; before that it was a collection of small little kingdoms. But

even then, citizes of these kingdoms had no doubts whatsoever that they belonged

to Bharat. What was Bharat? It was an idea.

India has always been an idea first. When we started

conceptualizing the 150th issue, we did not want to dilute our Indianness of

which we are so proud; but we never wanted to confine that Indiannness it to a

set of boundaries. So we decided to focus on people-people who have made

contributions to telecom not just within the political boundaries of India but

anywhere in the world. For Indians, Vasudha (the earth) is, anyway, one kutumb

(family).

These personalities belong to various sections of the industry,

society, and government. They range from technologists to bureaucrats to

politicians.

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Together, they will tell you a story of telecom-some of it unveiling in New

Delhi; some in New Jersey; some in Bangalore; and some in Boston. Happy Reading!

Ajai

Chowdhry




Heralded the computer culture in India






AK
Sinha





Launched BSNL's broadband service






Anil
D Ambani





Led RCoVL's march to the market






APJ
Abdul Kalam





Advocate of rural connectivity






Arun
Netravali, (NRI)





Pioneered video compression

technology







Arun
Sarin





The face of Vodafone






Arun
Sobti





Innovated with 3G and broadband






Arvind
Virmani





Pushed for de-licensing in telecom

sector







Ashraf
M Dahod





Pioneer of mobile wireless

infrastructure







Asim
Ghosh





A strategic planner






Atal
Behari Vajpayee





Presided over watershed years of

Indian telecom







AV
Gokak





Freeing tariff barriers






BA
Majmudar





Established CDMA in India






Babu
Mandava





Creator of SIMD/VLIW DSP processors






BD
Khurana





The brain behind Reliance's

telecom venture







Beni
Prasad Verma





Wiring rural India






Bharat
T Doshi





Sustained contributions to networking

technologies







Bimal
Jalan





Paved the way for private ISPs in

India







BK
Zutshi





Fought for QoS






BV
Jagadeesh





Hosting hero






BV
Naidu





Started India's first email

network







C
Sivasankaran





India's first DSL

ISP







Chandrababu
Naidu





Used communications for governance






Dayakar
Puskoor





Wireless warrior






Dayanidhi
Maran





Made India a telecom manufacturing

hub







Debasis
Mitra





Networking Guru






Dev
Gupta





Transforming cable

TV networks







Devendra
Kumar Sangal





Modernized India's switching

network







Dr
Arogyaswami Joseph Paulraj





The father of MIMO Smart Antennas






Dr
DPS Seth





Pioneered the concept of unified

licensing







Dr
Govind P Agrawal





Fiber-optics Guru






Dr
Gururaj Deshpande





Influential technology

entrepreneur and visionary







Dr
Hemant Kanakia





Designed packet and cell switching

architectures







Dr
Inderpal Singh Mumick





The billing specialist






Dr
Narinder Singh Kapany





Invented fiber optics






Dr
Pradeep Sindhu





Challenged Cisco's monopoly






Dr
Rakesh Mohan





Championing telecom reforms in India






Dr
Srinidhi Varadarajan





Architect of System X, a supercomputer






Dr
Srinivasan Ramani





Ushered the Internet age in India






Dr
TH Choudhury





Founding chairman of VSNL






Dr
Vijay Bhatkar





Father of India's first supercomputer — PARAM



GB
Meemansi




The unsung hero of telecom






Gian
Dilawari





Led several telecom MNCs






Giridhar
Gomango





The honest and accessible telecom minister






GS
Grover





Implemented the first PSDN network






Harshvardhan
Singh





The unsung hero of TRAI






HK
Desai





Major influence on storage networking






Jagdeep
Shah





Superman with semiconductors






Jagdeep
Singh





Took on Intel






Jagdish
N Sheth





Telecom thinker






Jagjivan
Ram





Envisioned connectivity to villages






Jai
P Bhagat





Statmart in the wireless industry






Jaswant
Singh





Shaped the NTP 1999






Jayshree
Ullal





LANding Cisco in India






Justice
Santosh Hegde





Championed the cause of consumers






Kanwar
Jit Singh





VLSI veteran






KB
Chandrasekhar





Working toward Internet success






Kewal
Khanna





T&M Man for decades






KR
Naik





Customizations for India






Krish
Prabhu





Investing in telecom's success






Krishan
K Sabnani





Launched several innovations in networking






Kumar
Malavalli





Father of FC SAN






Late
Dewang Mehta





Dreamt of making India an IT superpower






Late
Dhirubhai Ambani





Envisioned affordable telecom for the masses






Late
Narasimha Rao





Early liberalizer






Late
Pramod Mahajan





Introduced Internet telephony and CDMA






Late
Rajiv Gandhi





Liberated telecom before liberalization






Late
Vijay K Gupta





Pioneered customer orientation in telecom






Lt
Gen DP Sehgal





Conceptualized and implemented defense networks






Mahendra
Nahata





Pioneer of indigenous telecom equipment manufacturing






Mahesh
Veerina





Made Internet affordable






Mano
Murthy





Pioneered work in layer 2/3 VLAN switching






Manoj
G Tirodkar





Entrepreneur with zeal to excel






Mohan
Gyani





Drove AT&T's wireless business






Mrityunjay
Athreya





The management Guru






Mukesh
Ambani





Like a storm, shook up Indian telecom






Mukesh
Chatter





Invented the scalable switching fabric technology






N
Seshagiri





Liberated telecom policy






NK
Singh





Championed mobility for WLL






Nripendra
Misra





Pioneered the 3G policy






Padmasree
Warrior





Gunning for seamless mobility






Partha
Mitra





Pioneered human-engineered systems






Patrick
Stewart





Overcame the Suez hurdle






PK
Garg




De-licensed the Wi-Fi frequency in India






Prabhat
K Dubey





Launched the world's fastest data switch






Pradip
Baijal





Spearheaded Phase II reforms






Prakash
Agarwal





Semiconductor Guru






Prakash
Bajpai





Created India's first broadband network






Prakash
Panjwani





CDMA Signaling Standard Developer






Prathima
Agrawal





Invented multiprocessor architecture, MARS






Prithipal
Singh





Making the Behemoth Fly






Prof
Ashok Jhunjhunwala





Developed corDECT






PS
Saran





Opened gateway of Opportunities






R
Ramaraj





India's first private ISP






Raj
Parekh





Improving Networks






Raj
Singh





Behind the scenes entrepreneur






Rajat
Kathuria





Pioneered TRAI's tariff formulation exercise






Rajeev
Chandashekhar





The Southern raja






Rajiv
Kumar





An authority on Bluetooth






Rajiv
Mehrotra





Multipronged strategist






Ram
Vilas Paswan





Connected India with Bharat






Raman
Roy





Catalyzed high-quality telecom services






Ramchand
Kondapalli





Modernized BSNL's billing strategy






Ratan
Tata





Telecom with global ambition






Ravi
Sethi





Co-authored Dragon Book






Ravindra
Nath Goyal





Set up the National Telecom Museum






RL
Dube





Launched PCOs in India






RN
Agarwal





Contributed to spectrum management






Rohit
Sharma





Focused on cross-disciplinary innovations in

networking







Romulus
Pereira





Pioneered development of service-enabling technologies






Roshan
Lal Sharma





Made the first commercial modem






RRN
Prasad





Liberator of Internet in India






RSP
Sinha





Instilled competitive spirit in the PSU




S
Rajagopalan




Rehauled and modernized MTNL






Sabeer
Bhatia





The poster boy of Internet






Sam
Pitroda





Powered India's PCO revolution






Sanjeev
Aga





Launched Idea Cellular






Sanjiv
Ahuja





Led IBM's entry to telecom management






Santanu
Das





Developed VLSI-based telephone switching systems






SC
Khanna





CDMA's own man in India






SD
Saxena





Drove the development of infrastructure






Shashi
Ullal





The VSAT man






Shib
Chandra Nandy





Prepared the ground






Shyamal
Ghosh





Financed rural telephony






Simon
Beresford Wylie





Started India's first mobile services






Sir
William Brooke O'Shaughnessy





Ushered telegraphy into India






SM
Agarwal





Developed the Hindi teleprinter






SS
Sodhi





Released NTP 1999






Subhas
Chandra





Revolutionized broadcasting in India






Sudhirendra
Kulkarni





Connected the PM with the industry






Suhas
Patil





The erudite technopreneur of Silicon Valley






Sukhram




Opened telecom to private sector






Sunil
Bharti Mittal





Mobile warrior






Suraj
Mal Agarwal





Developed the Hindi teleprinter






Sushma
Swaraj





Oversaw the bidding of telecom licenses






TV
Ramachandran





A fighter for the cellular cause






Venkatesh
Krishnaswamy





Advanced IP telephony






Vijay
Madan





Revived C-DOT






Vinay
L Deshpande





Co-developer of the Simputer






Vinod
Dham





Created Pentium and K6 processors






Vinod
Khosla





Identified the optical networking opportunity






Vinod
Vaish





Steered the corporatizing of DoT






Vishwani
D Agrawal





An authority on electronic testing






VP
Sinha





BSNL's Marketing Genius






Werner
von Siemens





Pionered telegraphy in India






William
Kennard





FCC's chairman and TRAI's friend






YK
Pandey





An architect of C-DOT switching systems






YL
Aggarwal





The man who built India's first Telecom TNC and looked

beyond Indian borders

Contributors:

Ibrahim Ahmad, Shyamanuja Das, Pravin Prashant, Sudesh Prasad, Rahul Gupta,

Malovika Roy, Alok Singh, Sonia Sharma, Gyan Ranjan Swain




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