Freddie Figgers has numerous inventions to his name to include four patents. Yet many of us have never heard of this 26 year old who is one of the youngest African-Americans to own and operate an independent telecommunications company.
Freddie Figgers designed a Voice Telecommunication network (Voip Voice over Internet Protocol) that transmits voice to and from the USA from over 80 countries’ landline and mobile connections. Figgers Communications markets affordable communications services at home and abroad, offering technology capable of serving up to 3 million subscribers. With Cellular and home phone services, Figgers’ customers have access to 25 calling features at no cost, advanced communications with flexibility, and mobility through a 4G LTE Nationwide WiMAX provider. Figgers can also provide Mobile Broadband Internet access, offering Data Coverage to over 280 million people located in over 15,900 cities nationwide. Are you still unfamiliar with Freddie Figgers? If so, here’s an introduction to Freddie Figgers and in his own words he tells his journey to starting his own telecommunications company.
Freddie Figgers: “My Journey to Owning My Own Telecommunications Company”
When I was less than a month old, I was abandoned by my birth mother. I was adopted by foster parents and never had a chance to know my biological family. To keep me out of trouble, at the age of nine, my father purchased a non-functioning 1989 computer from a thrift store. When he placed the computer on the kitchen table, I made it my mission to get the computer into working order. After I took the computer apart five times, on my sixth attempt, I finally got it to power on. That is when my technology journey began. Today that computer runs on Windows 7. (Pictured: 1989 Computer my Dad purchased from Goodwill ).(Pictured: 1989 Computer my Dad purchased from Goodwill)
At the age of thirteen, I started working for the City of NetQuincy. My job title was Computer Technician and Network Administer. My daily tasks consisted of repairing computers for the City of Quincy and the people of the city. I was also part of a team that helped build NetQuincy Telecommunication infrastructure, where the City was providing internet services to local residents and businesses within the city limits.
At the age of sixteen, I decided that I wanted to be an employer instead of an employee. Therefore, I started to repair computers for consumers and local businesses in my hometown and surrounding counties. That same year, I founded Figgers Computers Inc. It’s surprising that at the age of sixteen, many companies trusted me enough to allow me to come into their facilities to repair their computers, install “Wireless Areas Networks”, and monitor their networks and computers, which would have had an effect on the day to day business. Companies were thrilled to have me but due to my age, companies had to impose certain restrictions. Figgers Computers Inc. was operated out of my parent’s house. The consumers would deliver 20-40 computers to my parent’s houses weekly for virus repairs or repairs to broken laptop screens.
By the age of seventeen, I began wondering about how amazing servers can provide resources and share data to thousands of users simultaneously from one place.That lingering idea drove me into building my Data center at my parents’ home. I built nine web servers. That same year, I founded Figgers Computers and Networks. I focused mainly on local businesses that needed website hosting and co-location without paying high fees for data storage. Within seven months, I had approximately one hundred and fifty active clients ranging from local businesses that needed websites, lawyer offices that needed to store old client files to clean out their network for new clients, to local car dealerships that needed to store old buyers’ orders from years ago to keep in their records.
At that age, what really struck me was telecommunications and how a voice could transmit and travel to a switchboard and relay a call to another voice call across the country in milliseconds. I wanted to create a Telecom network but due to my funding, it was a mere dream.
Companies loved keeping their data hosted with Figgers Computers and Networks. Companies started requesting custom programs and requirements to help the day to day business operation functions run smoothly. I remember in March of 2006, a sales representative came into a local CPA office, a place where I frequently worked backing up their network to my Data Center, and I noticed how the salesman came in and sold custom Tax preparation software for almost $25,000 for a thirty-minute install. That drove me into software, and how to develop and deploy a software program.Thus, in mid-2007, I developed and created a computer operating system. An Operating System (OS) is a set of system software programs in a computer that regulate the ways application software programs use the computer hardware and the ways that users control the computer. For hardware functions such as input/output and memory space allocation, operating system programs act as an intermediary between application programs and the computer hardware, although application programs are usually executed directly by the hardware and it launch. I sold almost six hundred copies of my operating system, but due to everyone having Microsoft and Windows, I ran into hundreds of compatibility issues.
In 2008, I had over eighty custom software programs designed, built, executed, and purchased by companies. In late 2008, I started developing “Tracker”. Tracker is a software program that receives Global Positioning System (GPS) signals for the purpose of determining the present location of any cell phone, regardless of whether it is powered on or off.
I wanted to be a licensed Telecom operator in the USA to compete on the same market as Verizon AT&T Sprint and T-Mobile, therefore, in May of 2009, I applied for a License spectrum band from the FCC to provide radio Telecommunication by internet and voice. I did this in order to provide WiMAX. WiMAX is an IP based, wireless broadband access technology that provides performance similar to 802.11/Wi-Fi networks with the coverage and QOS (quality of service) of Wisp networks. WiMAX is also an acronym meaning “Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX)”. Wi-Fi’s range is 80-100ft from an access point in your office home or office. In other words, WiMax turns many small, scattered hot spots into one huge wireless hotspot.
In August of 2010, Freddie Figgers designed a Voice Telecommunication network (Voip Voice over Internet Protocol) that transmits voice to and from the USA from over 80 countries’ landline and mobile connections.
Today, my company markets affordable communications services at home and abroad. We are unique because we offer services that are well ahead of evolving technology. I want to invite you to learn more about Figgers Communication and our innovative technology. The technology I developed is capable of serving up to 3 million subscribers. With our Cellular and home phone services, our customers have access to 25 calling features at no cost, advanced communications with flexibility, and mobility through our 4G LTE Nationwide WiMAX providerOur network can also provide Mobile Broadband Internet access, offering Data Coverage to over 280 million people located in over 15,900 cities nationwide. Figgers Communication’s high-speed and affordable “On the Go” Internet is beneficial for any consumers that are using a PC, Mac, or any WIFI enabled device such as an iPad, tablet, smartphone or netbook. Figgers Communication offers a wide range of Data Plans including a Figgers Communication “MIFI Mobile Hotspot” that accommodates up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously. (Pictured: Figgers Mobile Broadband Hotspot & Figgers Mobile Usb Modem.)
As of September 2014, Figgers Communication has designed and manufactured the “Figgers F1” mobile phone in the USA for our 4G Voice over LTE Network.
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