Telecommunication

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The telecommunication industry is among the best performing industries in the world in recent years. The high profitability of telecommunication businesses has attracted a lot of investors and businessmen to enter this sector. A branch of electrical engineering, telecommunication deals with the technology of communicating at a distance through electrical signals or electromagnetic waves. Telecommunication technologies include telephone, internet, radio, microwave transmission, fiber options, and satellite communications. The telecommunication industry is a very vast one and includes businesses involved in cabling, transmission, wireless communication, media, and IP networks. It is a complex interconnected network of sectors and sub sectors involved in creating, operating and maintaining telecommunication services. This is one of the fastest developing industries and advancement in communication technologies has led to a tremendous boost to the national economies of various countries around the world. Today, the industry offers never-before opportunities in various sectors like social networking application, IP technologies, home integration technologies, home entertainment, advanced broadcast networks and newer approaches to media distribution through the internet. Browse these biographies and timelines to explore the lives and works of various famous business people in the field of telecommunications from all over the world.
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Mukesh Ambani
(Indian businessman)
Mukesh Ambani
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Birthdate: April 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aden, Yemen

The richest person in Asia, Mukesh Ambani is an Indian billionaire business magnate. He is the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL). The son legendary Dhirubhai Ambani, he started his career by helping his father build their family business. As of today, he is the only Indian businessman on Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people.

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Ratan Tata
(Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons)
Ratan Tata
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Birthdate: December 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surat

Ratan Tata is a well-known Indian industrialist and the former charman of Indian multinational conglomerate Tata Sons. His reign as chairman was marked by acquisitions of iconic global brands, such as Tetley, Jaguar Land Rover and Corus by the Tata Group. Ratan Tata was instrumental in turning Tata Group from a largely India-centrist group into a global business.

Dhirubhai Ambani
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Birthdate: December 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Junagadh
Died: July 6, 2002

Dhirubhai Ambani was an Indian business tycoon. He is credited with founding Reliance Industries, which is currently the largest company in the country in terms of revenue. Dhirubhai Ambani's life and career inspired the 2007 drama film Guru, in which his character was portrayed by Abhishek Bachchan.

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Anil Ambani
(Chairman of Reliance ADA Group)
Anil Ambani
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Birthdate: June 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai

Indian businessman Anil Ambani is the chairman of Reliance Group. Once the sixth richest person in the world, he declared bankruptcy in early 2020 though the veracity of his claim is questionable. He has served in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India. He has been involved in many controversies.

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Martin Cooper
(A Pioneer in Wireless Communications Industry and Inventor of First Cellular Mobile Phone)
Martin Cooper
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Birthdate: December 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Electrical engineer Martin Cooper had initially served the U.S. Navy in the Korean War. He later joined Motorola and pioneered many inventions in wireless communications. The Charles Stark Draper Prize winner also invented the world’s first mobile phone and made the first cell phone call.
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Ma Huateng
(CEO of Tencent)
Ma Huateng
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Birthdate: October 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chaoyang, Shantou

Chinese business magnate Ma Huateng, or Pony Ma, is best known as the founder, chairman, and CEO of the technology giant Tencent. His company owns the messaging app WeChat. One of CEOWORLD’s Most Powerful People in the World, he was a delegate of the 12th National People's Congress.

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Sunil Bharti Mittal
(Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprise)
Sunil Bharti Mittal
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Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India
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Ren Zhengfei
(CEO of Huawei)
Ren Zhengfei
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Birthdate: October 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zhenning Buyei and Miao Autonomous County, Anshun, China

Ren Zhengfei is a Chinese engineer and entrepreneur. He is credited with founding Huawei, the second-largest manufacturer of smartphones and the largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment in the world. He also serves as the CEO of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. In 2005, Ren Zhengfei was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

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Kumar Mangalam Birla
(Chairman of Aditya Birla Group)
Kumar Mangalam Birla
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Birthdate: June 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: India

Kumar Mangalam Birla is an Indian industrialist best known as the chairman of the Indian multinational conglomerate company, Aditya Birla Group. He also serves as the chairman of IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Delhi. Over the course of his career, Birla has received several honors like the Business Leader of the Year award and Outstanding Business Man of the Year award.

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David Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet
(Chairman of Thomson Corporation and also inherited his father's British title, Baron Thomson of Fleet)
David Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet
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Birthdate: June 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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Jann Wenner
(Co-Founder and Publisher of the Popular Culture Magazine 'Rolling Stone')
Jann Wenner
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Birthdate: January 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, United States

Jann Wenner is an American magazine mogul best known as the co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine. He is also credited with co-founding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other popular publications like Outside. During the 1970s and 1980s, Wenner played a key role in popularizing several writers like Greil Marcus, Hunter S. Thompson, and Cameron Crowe.

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Denis O’Brien
(Entrepreneur)
Denis O’Brien
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Birthdate: April 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Republic of Ireland

Irish media magnate Denis O’Brien, the owner of Communicorp and Digicel, got his first lessons in salesmanship from his father, who was pharma salesman. While in school, he excelled in rugby. Named one of the World's Top 200 Billionaires in 2015, he owns a philanthropic foundation, too.

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Isha Ambani
(Businesswoman)
Isha Ambani
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Birthdate: October 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
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Werner von Siemens
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Birthdate: December 13, 1816
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gehrden
Died: December 6, 1892

German electrical engineer Werner von Siemens is remembered as a pioneer of the telegraph industry. The founder of Siemens also inspired the name to the SI unit of electrical conductance. He was part of the Prussian army and had begun his chemistry experiments while in prison for a minor crime.

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Ezra Cornell
(Businessman)
Ezra Cornell
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Birthdate: January 11, 1807
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: December 9, 1874
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Daniel J. Bernstein
(Mathematician, Cryptologist, Programmer, University teacher, Computer scientist)
Daniel J. Bernstein
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Birthdate: October 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: East Patchogue
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John Kluge
(Businessman)
John Kluge
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Birthdate: September 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chemnitz, Germany
Died: September 7, 2010
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Mo Ibrahim
(Entrepreneur)
Mo Ibrahim
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Birthdate: May 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sudan

Telecom magnate Mo Ibrahim was born in Sudan and educated in Egypt and the U.K. His company Celtel International was one of the pioneers in the mobile phone industry in Africa and the Middle East. He was featured on Forbes’s billionaire’s list and offers scholarships for African students through his foundation.

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Tim Armstrong
(CEO of AOL ADVERTISING INC.)
Tim Armstrong
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Birthdate: December 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
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Birthdate: November 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: July 22, 2002

Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was a Saudi royal and an important figure in thoroughbred horse racing. Also a media executive, Ahmed bin Salman served as the chairman of a joint stock company named Saudi Research and Marketing Group.

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Don Hewitt
(Television Producer)
Don Hewitt
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Birthdate: December 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 19, 2009
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Paul Reuter
(Entrepreneur)
Paul Reuter
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Birthdate: July 21, 1816
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kassel, Germany
Died: February 25, 1899
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Martin Hellman
(Cryptographer, Mathematician, Scientist, Computer scientist)
Martin Hellman
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Birthdate: October 2, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
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Tan Le
(Entrepreneur)
Tan Le
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Birthdate: May 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vietnam
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Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani
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Birthplace: Doha, Qatar
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Taher Elgamal
(Cryptographer, Mathematician)
Taher Elgamal
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Birthdate: August 18, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cairo

Taher Elgamal is an Egyptian entrepreneur and cryptographer. Widely regarded as the father of SSL, Elgamal is best known for his work at Netscape Communications Corporation where he developed Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which helped establish a secure and private communications on the Internet. In 2019, Taher Elgamal was honored with the prestigious Marconi Prize along with Paul Kocher.  

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Akash Ambani
(Businessman)
Akash Ambani
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Birthdate: October 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Clifford Cocks
(Cryptographer, Mathematician known for RSA encryption, Public-key cryptography, Cocks IBE scheme)
Clifford Cocks
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Birthdate: December 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Prestbury, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Sidney Bernstein, Baron Bernstein
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Birthdate: January 30, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ilford, England
Died: February 5, 1993
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Stuart Baggs
(Businesspeople)
Stuart Baggs
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Birthdate: July 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England
Died: July 30, 2015
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Bárður á Steig Nielsen
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Birthdate: April 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vestmanna, Faroe Islands
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Iqbal Quadir
(Founder of Grameenphone)
Iqbal Quadir
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Birthdate: August 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jessore District

Iqbal Quadir is a Bangladeshi entrepreneur who is credited with founding Grameenphone in Bangladesh. Quadir founded Grameenphone in an attempt to enhance self-employment opportunities for the poor. He is also credited with founding the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. In 2007, he was named by Wharton Alumni Magazine in its 125 Influential People and Ideas list.

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Huw Wheldon
(Executive)
Huw Wheldon
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Birthdate: May 7, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prestatyn, Wales
Died: March 14, 1986
Marmaduke Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley
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Birthdate: August 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Surrey, England
Died: December 27, 2006
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Gordon Matthews
(Inventor)
Gordon Matthews
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Birthdate: July 26, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Died: February 23, 2002
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Edward Davy
(Inventor)
Edward Davy
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Birthdate: June 16, 1806
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottery St. Mary, England
Died: January 26, 1885

English physician and scientist Edward Davy is best known for his inventions such as his version of an electrochemical telegraph. He sold off the patent of his telegraph and moved to Australia later. He also developed the electromagnetic repeater. The Experimental Guide to Chemistry remains his most notable work.

Roger Williams Straus Jr.
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Birthdate: January 3, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: May 25, 2004
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John D. Goeken
(Business executive)
John D. Goeken
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Birthdate: August 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States
Died: September 16, 2010
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Robert Hersant
(Political leader)
Robert Hersant
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Birthdate: January 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vertou, France
Died: April 21, 1996
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Octávio Frias
(Businessman)
Octávio Frias
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Birthdate: August 5, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: April 29, 2007

Octávio Frias was a Brazilian businessman best remembered for turning Folha de S. Paulo, a newspaper acquired by him in 1962, into one of the most important and influential media organizations in Brazil. Folha de S. Paulo became the basis for a conglomerate named Grupo Folha.