Best in African telecoms
Ten awards for telecoms achievement in Africa were presented at the third annual AfricaCom awards in Cape Town, South Africa, this week.
The most innovative of the continent’ s companies were shortlisted for the 10 categories, and global leaders rubbed shoulders with home-grown African talent in the list of winners:
â— New Entrant of the Year: Orange Tunisie
â— Best Network Improvement: MTN South Africa for Optimal Network Coverage
â— Best New Services: Comviva with Mobile Data Platform
â— Best Cost Efficiency Solution for Africa: Dark Fibre and The Fibre to the Tower
â— Green Telecoms Award: Flexenclosure and E-site
â— Best Solution for Rural Services: Orange France Telecom with Village Phone
â— Best Marketing Campaign: MTN South Africa and the AYOBA Campaign
â— Telecoms Innovation of the Year: Sibesonke and User Generated Content
â— Best Pan African Initiative: Gateway Communications with High Quality Connections
â— Changing Lives Award: MTN Foundation for Rural Telephone Project 3000
The independent panel of judges, who said they had a difficult time selecting the winners, said the ten had been chosen as the most inspiring examples of telecoms innovation and progress on the continent this year.
The AfricaCom Awards (Africa’ s only dedicated awards for the telecoms industry) has now been celebrating African talent for 3 years, since the inaugural ceremony in 2008.