Telecom domain overview

I had the pleasure of attending a talk on telecom domain by Tech Mahindra veteran, Utkarsh Kikani on the 11th April, 2009.

Telecom story

  • It started in 1876
  • 80’s and 90’s saw a lot of churn
  • 21st century is seeing new phenomenon


  • It is a $2+ Trillion worldwide market
  • N.America and Asia Pacific are $500 million each
  • It is expected to grow at 5% until 2012, which is pretty good considering current economic situation

Once upon a time

  • The telecommunication has evolved from semaphore to telephone in 1876
  • A blind woman, named MaBel Hubbard was the inspiration for Graham Bell.
  • National carriers took over next.
    • AT&T – American Telecom and Telegraph
    • BT – British Telecom
  • Strong in-house R&D, circuit-switched and high entry barrier were characteristics

Winds of Change

  • New medium like wireless appeared
  • Computers and packet-switched became norm
  • Demand for data services grew

The boil and churn

  • AT&T and Bell was broken
  • Internet took a lot of traction
  • VAS, Service provider and lot of new entities emerged

Overall, it was a great event for telecom professionals, who are mainly into programming, as it provided a business perspective. It was a whirlwind tour in 1 hour of a course Mr.Kikani teaches at telecom MBA college in Pune.

About prasoonk

Prasoon Kumar grew up in the Bokaro Steel City of south Bihar, now Jharkhand. He studied Computer Science and Engineering in IIT Kanpur. For job he moved to the land of opportunity, United States. He was there in the bay area through the internet revolution of mid to late nineties. He spent time admiring the beautiful coastline of California among other things. He moved east coast to the New York after the turn of the millennium working in a brokerage startup. Afterwards, he is back to India for good. He has been working in the enterprises and internet startup, enjoying the city life. He has a beautiful wife, a young 5 years old daughter and 11 years old son.

Posted on April 17, 2009, in Technology, web 2.0. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great! Thanks for the info.

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