Russell Southwood

Chief Executive

Balancing Act

Bradley Shaw


Bumblebee; Continuum

Nnamdi Oranye

Head of Business Development

Indian Atlantic Telecoms

Thecla Mbongue

Senior Anaylst MEA

Informa Telecoms & Media

Matthew Reed

Principal Analyst

Informa Telecoms and media

AfricaCom Awards 2014 – Winners Announced!

 “The overall quality of the entries this year surpassed expectation,” commented Adam Thompson, Research Manager, Informa Telecoms & Media.  “The innovation taking place in the digital ecosystem across the entire continent is heartening and also world class.  Many are leaders in their fields and pioneers of new technology and services answering the needs of emerging markets that more traditional markets can and should take note of:

Congratulations to all shortlisted entries – the winners for each category in 2014 are:

Best App for Africa

Bharti Airtel- App


Best Connectivity Solutions for Africa

WIOCC – Connecting Somalia – closing the final link


Best Cost Efficiency Solutions For Africa

Huawei – Africa’s 1st SDN Innovation


Best Device for Africa

Solarway - Solar Powered Mobile Phone Charging Station


Best Marketing Campaign

Huawei – MTN’s Mandela Birthday‘ 67 Minutes


Best Mobile Money Solution

Bharti Airtel – Airtel Money


Best Network Improvement

WIOCC – Extending WIOCC’s Pan-African Network into Somalia


Best Pan African Initiative

Liquid Telecom – East Africa Fibre Ring


Breakthrough LTE Development

Ericsson – Breakthrough LTE Development – Unitel


Changing Lives Awards 

Afrigis - Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC)


Excellence in Customer Experience Management

Orange – ’100% Successful Calls’ Suites of services


Most Innovative Service  

Millicom Tanzania TIGO – Tigo Pesa – International Mobile Money Transfer


VSAT Innovation for Africa

Liquid Telecom – Shared MPLS Satellite service


Etisalat Winner Idea

MEMMCOL (Interactive Media Interface Design i.e. IMID)

INTERACTIVE MEDIA INTERFACE DESIGN is a design for Energy Meters, it is specifically tailored towards helping Consumers remotely monitor their energy consumption using their Mobile devices (windows, IOS and the Android Platforms). The user interface is unique, interactive and modeled to look like an energy meter with its keypad and display.

IMID will encourage and drive internet usage, promote civilization and be of immense advantage to the energy industry.

Etisalat Winner Product

Exam Mate

Exam Mate is an exam preparatory software, specifically for Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board exams (JAMB). The app was developed as an offline product for mobile PC’s to aid usage amongst exam candidates who do not have access to mobile broadband. Presently, the product is available for download at an online market hub for usage on mobile PC’s.

 From an economic point of view, with an average of 1.5 million candidates seating for JAMB examination annually, getting the product at a very affordable rate across to a projected target of 1 million candidates will generate high revenue.

 With detailed voiced explanations in various subjects, applied knowledge will be imparted into the candidates which will remain relevant in whichever field they find themselves later in life.


Orange Social Venture Prize 2014

Out of the 452 submitted projects through Starafrica Orange website , the Orange African Social Venture Prize team has selected 10 projects as finalists and 1 favorite internet project.

The three prize-winners for this year have been selected by the Jury after careful analysis of each of the 11 shortlisted projects.  The API prize has also been selected by the Jury.

The short list is below:

  • KamerStartup (Cameroon)
  • Station Energy (Ivory Coast)
  • Mewanko Farm (Cameroon)
  • Agzakhana (Egypt)
  • Baobab (Senegal)
  • Modisar (Botswana)
  • Senemar+ (Cameroon)
  • Twinklebox (Kenya)
  • Abyster (Cameroon)
  • Bouquet Pass Santé (Senegal)
  • Pubcell (Ivory Coast) – Favourite internet project


The first prize  has been awarded to Modisar, Botswana.

The project is a livestock farm management application (desktop, web & mobile)  that makes it easy for a farmer to manage his\her farm. The mission of Modisar is of resuscitating the livestock industry and cultivating livestock farming interest among the youth by marrying today’s technologies and the nation’s passion for farming, Modisar aims to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the livestock sector, a major contributor to the national Gross Domestic Product in Botswana.


The second prize  has been awarded to Station Energy, Côte d’Ivoire.

Station Energy has developed an innovative retail concept of energy services. Inspired by both the model service stations gasoline and African grocery shop Station Energy is a solution to enable energy access and affordability for all. In Côte d’Ivoire, it is a shop equipped with photovoltaic panels to provide various shared services (rental batteries allowing access to lighting, renting cold spaces, Internet access, sales of low consumption equipment, etc.) in rural or urban areas.


The third prize  has been awarded to Bouquet Pass Santé, Senegal.

This project is a platform that allows the diaspora or persons residing in Senegal, to pay medical consultation for yourself or for a loved one directly online.


The Mewanko Farm project – Cameroon received the Orange Partner API Prize.

This Cameroon project’s concept is to create a digital community platform for small producers who want to sell their products online. The aim is to increase the income of small farmers by helping them develop their markets through ICT, thus improving their living conditions.

This project will improve food safety and human health by educating farmers about the quality of their production on one hand, and by informing and educating the end consumer on the quality of the food they buy on the other hand.


Congratulations to all 2014 AfricaCom Awards winners!



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- 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 – 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


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 – Smile Nigeria

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 Mbongue Thecla Mbongue, Senior Analyst MEA, ITM

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.


Russel Southwood Russell Southwood, Chief Executive, Balancing Act

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

 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.


AfricaCom Awards Video 2014

“We had a great chance to discuss business opportunities and to also share experiences on how things can be done better or are being done in other markets..."

Themba Khumalo, CEO, MTN Uganda

"... It was an excellent networking opportunity that we’ll use to our upmost capabilities.”

Themba Khumalo, CEO, MTN Uganda

“To be the best among the leading innovators was not an easy achievement in this event which attracted  players of all kinds and sizes”. 

Vitalis Olunga, Chairman, GSM Africa

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