As per the press release from Reliance Communications, Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group company, Light Reading has determined the finalists for the fifth annual Leading Lights Awards, which recognize top companies and their executives for outstanding achievements in next-gen communications. Person of the Year: Awarded to the individual that our editorial staff, with the help of reader votes and nominations, selected as having had the most remarkable impact on the business of next-generation communications during the past 12 months.
Anil D. Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Communications
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The telecom world order has been stood on its head during the past few years, and Ambani, by selecting strategic international acquisitions and building up a fixed and mobile power base in India, has been one of the protagonists, transforming Reliance Communications into an international power house.
In the past year Ambani has further raised Reliance’s profile on the international stage, stating his ambition to make the carrier one of the top five data service providers in the world, opening his wallet again for another business services acquisition and further showing his intentions to grow into other emerging markets by engaging in takeover talks with South African carrier MTN Group Ltd. (See Reliance Unit Targets ‘Complacent’ Giants, Reliance Globalcom Beefs Up Its Metro, Reliance Feud Kills MTN Deal, and Reliance Snaps Up Vanco.)
Ambani has lit a fire under the global data services market, and has the ambition, and wherewithal, to help reshape the enterprise communications sector — on his terms.