The esteemed AfricaCom Awards returns to the spectacular Waterfront LookOut in Granger Bay, Cape Town. For 2014 we have focused the categories on innovation and relevance to market needs. The categories celebrate the breakthroughs and most influential players shaping the telecoms/ICT sector.
The AfricaCom Awards 2014 will reflect the creativity and vibrancy in delivering effective solutions to market challenges such as quality of service and network improvement. Compelling customer experiences and inspiring marketing campaigns will be recognised. We expect some excellent breakthroughs in LTE and improved smart phone experiences. And as always the personality of the year and the changing lives categories will celebrate individuals and initiatives contributing to social and economic development.
Now in their 7th year, the Africa Com Awards are recognised as the premier accolade for anyone operating in Africa's digital market.
View last year's lucky recipients in the 2013 GALLERY...
The Africa Com Awards are open to any Operator, Vendor and Regulator, of any size and any location who offers solutions or products anywhere within Africa.
All awards submissions will be graded, vetted and critiqued by an independent panel of industry experts and commentators.
The full shortlist announcement can be found here
The shortlisted contenders or the various categories in 2014 are:
Best App for Africa
Orange - Libon
Orange - Orange Self-care Application: My Orange
Kirusa - InstaVoice
Bharti Airtel- Internet.org App
Spice - Mziiki
Best Connectivity Solutions for Africa
Orange - My Social WiFi
Liquid Telecom - 100Mbps FTTH Service
Breeze Micro and World Telecom Labs - New Inter-city VoIP Routes in Nigeria from Breeze Micro and World Telecom Labs
WIOCC - Connecting Somalia - closing the final link
Sky Vision - SkyVision Hybrid Satellite and Terrestrial network solutions
Best Cost Efficiency Solutions For Africa
TKM Maestro - TKM Cost Efficiency Solution
Nomanini - Nomanini payments platform
Digital Route - Mediation Zone
Afrigis - Voting Station Monitor USSD Solution
Huawei - Africa’s 1st SDN Innovation
Opera Software - Opera Web Pass
Fairwaves - Mobile network which you can build yourself
Best Device for Africa
Solarway - Solar Powered Mobile Phone Charging Station
Solarway - Solar Kiosk
Equatel - Equatel SIM Payphone
Nomanini - Nomanini payments platform
Bharti Airtel - Airtel Red
Best Marketing Campaign
MTN - MTN Corporate Campaign
OgilvyOne Africa /Airtel Zambia - Go For It : Be Whatever, Do Whatever
Orange - Emergency Credit Campaign
Orange - Orange Football Club Campaign
Huawei - MTN’s Mandela Birthday‘ 67 Minutes
Onlime - Marketing Campaign - Rebrand
Millicom Tanzania TIGO - Free Facebook in Swahili
Bharti Airtel - Mr Money Campaign
Best Mobile Money Solution
Orange - Mobile Travel Tickets
Orange - Mobile Pensions
Mobile Pensions - PocketMoni Mobile Money Service
Bharti Airtel - Airtel Money
Mahindra Comviva - Mahindra Comviva mobiquity Connect
Best Network Improvement
Ericsson - Unitel Angola, Smile Nigeria, TiGO Senegal
World Telecoms Lab - Nigeria’s new interconnect exchange carriers and World Telecom Labs’ 2nd Generation VoIP Switches
WIOCC - Extending WIOCC’s Pan-African Network into Somalia
Tigo Rwanda - Tigo Voice and Data Mobile Services
Bharti Airtel - Nigeria Data Service Improvement
Liquid Telecom - Upgrading and improving the fibre network of Liquid Telecom Kenya
Best Pan African Initiative
MTN - MTN GLOBAL MPLS VPN
PCCW Global - High-Quality Calling with Direct Routing in Africa
Orange - Pan-African Partnering Play Store
Liquid Telecom - East Africa Fibre Ring
Airtel Africa and IBM - Business Intelligence Solution (based on Cognos, DB2, Websphere, AIX and IBM Blade Center)
Breakthrough LTE Development
PCCW Global - Global LTE Roaming for African Mobile Subscribers
Ericsson - LTE Market Impact
Ericsson - Breakthrough LTE Development - Unitel
Orange - LTE for fix
Huawei - Innovative LTE Rollout
Smile Communications - SmileON and Data Management
Telkom - LTE
Surfline - Deployment of 4G LTE network in Ghana
Changing Lives Awards
Afrigis - Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC)
Orange - Digital School Project
WIOCC - Closing the final link - connecting Somalia
afb Mauritius Ltd - Mobile Consume and Businesses Unsecured Credit
TXT Ghana - JOB 1917
Bharti Airtel - Ebola Initiative
Sky Vision - Ghana Crossover Academy
Telekom - TNM Moyo Cover
Excellence in Customer Experience Management
Procera - RAN Perspectives
OgilvyOne Africa /Airtel Ghana - Uncle MB | Sorting data drama
SafariCom - Customer Care support for M-PESA product - the leading mobile money transfer service in the world
Orange - '100% Successful Calls' Suites of services
Bharti Airtel - Airtel Premier
Most Innovative Service
Huawei - Huawei’s Digital Music Service for MTN
Millicom Tanzania TIGO - Tigo Pesa - International Mobile Money Transfer
Econet Renewable Energy Systems - Titan - Home Power Station
Opera Software - Opera Web Pass
Orange - Facebook Partnerships
Kifiya Financial Technologies - Digital Finance and Payment Service
VSAT Innovation for Africa
Afrique Telecom - Full VNO OSS/BSS for VSAT Industry and Customers
Liquid Telecom - Shared MPLS Satellite service
EMC - Fully managed VSAT services
Sky Vision - Sky Vision Active Series
Thecla is a Senior Analyst within Informa Telecoms & Media’s Industry Research division and is a key contributor to Informa’s World Cellular Information Service.
In her role, Thecla is responsible for researching the telecoms industry in sub-Saharan Africa. Thecla also manages World cellular Data Metrics, in which Informa tracks mobile data usage and up-take, including SMS and MMS traffic volumes, mobile data subscriber information, MMSC contract awards, mobile data deployments and non-voice revenues. She is a key contributor to many of Informa’s reports such as the CDMA-450, HSPA or Multiple-SIM insights.
A native French speaker, Thecla is a regular speaker and moderator at international conferences in Africa and is often quoted in the regional and global business press.
Russell Southwood is the Chief Executive, Balancing Act, a consultancy and online publishing company specialising in telecoms, Internet and broadcasting in Africa. His consultancy work has included: an assessment of two different sectors in the TV market in Africa; an assessment of the transition to digital broadcasting in over 20 African countries; an appraisal of an investment in a wireless broadband operator; and a study on Open Access models. He is also the co-author of Balancing Act’s African Broadcast and Film Markets and African Satellite Markets.
Nnamdi Oranye, Head of Business Development at Indian Atlantic Telecoms
Nnamdi Oranye has a varied mix of international and emerging market leadership and management experience. He is currently the Head of Business Development at Indian Atlantic Telecoms, with the technology Head Office – Novatti, based in Australia. Nnamdi manages the Mobile Money division at Indian Atlantic and comes with significant experience in deploying business development strategies for various Telecommunications and Engineering companies.
Bradley Shaw, Head of Business Development for Southern Africa, Spinlet
Bradley Shaw is the Head of Business Development for Southern Africa at Spinlet, Africas leading music streaming service. With a passion for the telecommunications industry, he is familiar with the latest breaking news and developing stories that affect the vast telecoms arena on the African continent.
Shaw brings with him a proven track record for developing and growing business partnerships on the African continent and together with his ability to think out of the box and his financial background, will ensure that Spinlet can look forward to significant customer acquisition and retention for its music offering. Understanding the unique needs and desires of a diverse continent will help and his recent exposure to the technology realm and the attendant insight, will be of invaluable assistance in growing this brand into a household favourite.
Matthew Reed, Principal Analyst, Informa Telecoms and Media
Areas of expertise: Middle East and Africa telecom markets and trends including regional operator strategy and network and regulatory developments.
Matthew Reed is a Principal Analyst with Informa Telecoms & Media and head of mobile research for the Middle East and Africa. He is responsible for ITM’s data and written research for the region, which includes detailed coverage of local markets. Matthew’s research interests include operator strategy within the MEA region as well as network and regulatory developments. Matthew is a regular speaker and chair at industry conferences in the region. He also regularly comments on industry developments for local and international media.
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