The Ninth Voice&Data100 Awards 2008 were held in the Capital on August 7 to felicitate the leading players in the burgeoning telecom sector. Srinath N, MD and CEO, Tata Communications, was adjudged Voice&Data Telecom Person of the Year 2008. IMImobile was named Emerging Telecom Company of the Year, while Manoj Upadhyay of Acme Tele Power was declared Technovator of the Year.
Srinath was chosen for this award for transforming the erstwhile VSNL from a domestic player to a multinational telecom company. Under Srinath, Tata Communications’ global network became among the world’s largest submarine cable network that connects global citizens to over 200 countries. Tata Communications’ global footprint now serves customers in 80 cities from 40 countries. Past winners of Voice&Data Telecom Person of the Year Award include Anil Ambani, Dayanidhi Maran, Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata and Sunil Bharti Mittal.
IMImobile was awarded Emerging Company of the Year for their significant contribution in the value added services (VAS) space. IMImobile provides carrier grade messaging platforms and gateways, content management systems, and voice platforms through managed services in 51 countries. IMImobile manages VAS, content platforms and aggregates content for over 200 operators and portals such as Yahoo!, Airtel, Jamba, Vodafone, Essar and Maxis.
Manoj Kumar Upadhyay, Managing Director, Acme Tele Power, was conferred with the Technovator of the Year Award for his contribution in providing innovative, energy efficient and environment friendly products for passive telecom infrastructure. Upadhyay is the inventor of seven patented product innovations and processes mainly in the energy efficiency area. Acme Tele Power, known for offering cost-effective, energy-efficient integrated passive infrastructure solutions to telecom companies, had launched the ‘Green Shelter’, a complete package to fit environment and temperature parameters at telecom sites to do away with backup systems like diesel generators.
The Voice&Data Awards were instituted in 2000 to honour leading players in the burgeoning telecom sector that posted revenues of over Rs 225,967 crore in 2007-08. As per the Voice&Data Survey 2008, the telecom services sector grew 21.3 per cent to Rs 130,561 crore on the back of 66.3 per cent increase in telecom subscriber base, while the telecom equipment sector grew 24 per cent to Rs 95,407 crore.
Pradeep Gupta, Chairman, Cybermedia, said, “Telecom is bridging the digital divide. Operators have started actually focusing on rural and suburban areas in a big way. More than half the new mobile subscriber additions are from places with a population of less than 20,000.”