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Twenty-Seven-Year- Old African-American Breaks New Ground

3/15/2017, noon | Updated on 3/15/2017, noon
Freddie Figgers, an American inventor, self taught computer programmer, and entrepreneur, who operates his own cell phone company, Figgers Communications ...
Freddie Figgers

Twenty-Seven-Year- Old African-American Breaks New Ground

Freddie Figgers, an American inventor, self taught

computer programmer, and entrepreneur,

who operates his own cell phone company,

Figgers Communications Inc., one of the nation’s

fastest growing African-American-owned

telecommunications firms.

(Tallahassee, Florida) - At the age of 9,

Freddie Figgers’ father, Nathan, bought him an old nonworking

IBM personal computer at a local Goodwill Store.

Figgers, in his attempt to fix it, took that computer apart five

times. On the sixth time, he got it working. He was thrilled -

and has since never looked back.

Now, the 27-year-old is founder and owner of Figgers

Communication, a privately held company that provides

cellular, mobile broadband, home phone and international

calling services. He is one of the youngest African-Americans to

receive an FCC license to operate a mobile company. In addition

to owning his own telecommunications company, Figgers owns

four patents with an additional two others pending.

Most recently, Figgers has developed a custom-designed

cellular phone, the “Figgers F1”, that has gold trimming, high definition

display, dual SIM capability, multi-user capability,

automatic anti-texting functionality and super-fast charging.

Figgers designed and manufactured the Figgers F1 in the

USA for its 4G Voice over LTE Network, trying to capitalize off

the $420 billion mobile phone industry. “I’m using all of my

capital to learn and develop new ideas,” said Figgers who has

self-funded his business from the start. “I’m reinvesting in this

business.”

Figgers’ entrepreneurial savvy began as a teenager. At age

13, he started working for the city of Quincy as a computer

technician and network administrator in its NetQuincy

department, setting up the city’s network and helping residents.

At 16, Freddie started his first company, Figgers Computers,

repairing computers and installing wireless area networks. By

age 18, he created a cloud-based hosting network and his own

computer operating system.

Eager to launch his own mobile communications company,

Freddie designed a VOIP - Voice Over Internet Protocol

network - that transmits voice to and from the USA from

more than 80 countries’ landline and mobile connections. He

achieved another milestone in 2011, when the company received

approval from the FCC to own a spectrum, leading to the

construction of the company’s first cellular tower.

“I’ve had a pretty good life,” said Freddie, who was raised

by his adoptive parents in Quincy, Florida, located just outside

of Tallahassee. “My parents really supported me . . . I am

continuing to be innovative because I know that’s how I can try

to stay ahead of the competition.”