Dmitry Maksminovich Ponomarev (Russian: Дми́трий Макси́мович Пономарёв; June 12, 1952 - February 5, 2020) was a Russian entrepreneur and the co-founder and chairman of board at MERA, founder of Volga Region Telecommunication Association, Lintelus, SwitchRay, Signe Networks, KIS, ADS and Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Information Technology (NIIT). Once a professor at Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University (former Gorky Polytechnic Institute), Russia. Dmitry Ponomarev has contributed to the development of the telecom industry in the Volga Region, which is the second largest communications market in Russia.
Dmitry Ponomarev was born in Gorky, USSR. From 1974 till 1977 he worked in the Gorky Polytechnic Institute as a research engineer. In 1979 he received a PhD. Shortly after he got a position of an associate professor of the sub-faculty of radio engineering and cybernetics. Mr. Ponomarev’s academic experience includes researches in the field of antenna measurement. He is the author of more than 70 articles in scientific and technology magazines and the holder of 12 patents.
In 1989 Dmitry Ponomarev and his colleagues founded MERA company, whose focus was in antenna measurements. He built MERA from a small company with a handful of employees to a global software R&D services provider.
Mr. Ponomarev was co-founder of several organizations:
1989 - MERA, a private firm specializing in antenna research and development
1992—KIS Ltd ("Commercial Information Networks"), the earliest and largest regional Internet Service Provider in Nizhny Novgorod
1994 – ADS Ltd ("Business Communication Agency" (in Russian), the second largest telecom carrier in Nizhny Novgorod)
2003—PAE ("Volga Region Telecommunication Association" (in Russian), the organization embraces leading telecommunication companies in Volga Region)
2004—NIIT (Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Information Technologies)
2012 - SwitchRay, the VoIP Softswitch vendor
2014 - Lintelus, mobile presentation sharing technology vendor
2015 - Signe Networks, Wi-Fi quality measurement company
Dmitry Ponomarev combined his business activities with public work. He promoted the progress of IT Industry in the Volga region and in Russia by participating in conferences and round-table discussions, having held key positions in a number of IT and Telecom associations, and served as a lobbyist of the industry’s interests. Mr. Ponomarev communicated with legislators and members of Government and he has proposed several IT industry-friendly amendments to the Russian customs legislature.
Small-Size 6-Port Antenna for Three-Dimensional Multipath Wireless Channels
Antenna measurements in time domain
RU 26268 U1, 20.11.2002. Method and system for forming and distributing information about products via internet network
Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Honorary member of the Russian Association of Networks and Services Russian Association of Networks and Services (RANS).
Member of the Nizhny Novgorod Polytechnic University Academic Council.
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