Russell Southwood

Chief Executive

Balancing Act

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

Abby Wakama

Publisher & Executive Editor

Andrew McHenry

Head, PR & communications

Mobile Monday South Africa

Richard Walton


Mobile Monday South Africa

Bradley Shaw

Head of Business Developmentfor Southern Africa


Jean-Pierre Bienaimé


UMTS Forum

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. 

For more detail on the category criteria and entry questions visit here.

Best Network Improvement

Excellence in Customer Experience Management 

Breakthrough LTE Development 

Best Cost Efficiency Solution for Africa 

Best Connectivity Solution for Africa

VSAT Innovation for Africa 

Best Marketing Campaign

Best Mobile Money Service

Best App for Africa

Most Innovative Service

Best Pan-African Initiative

Industry Personality of the Year

Changing Lives Award


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.


Abby Wakama Abby Wakama, Publisher & Executive Editor,

Abby Wakama is the Publisher and Executive Editor of, an online news service that provides IT and Telecoms information to senior executives and IT professionals in the ICT sector. He consults regularly with corporations in the ICT sector on digital strategy and doing business in Africa. He has been a guest expert on several radio and TV shows (CNBC Africa, SABC International) focusing on ICT.

Prior to his current position, he was Digital Project Manager at STONEWALL Digital, a digital marketing agency and managed several projects for various South African listed entities including Investec, MTN Group, Primedia and Adcock Ingram. He was also Web Director of African News Dimension, a digital news agency based in Johannesburg.


 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.


 Richard Walton, Chairman of Mobile Monday South Africa

Richard is the Chairman of Mobile Monday South Africa, which is a community of mobile industry visionaries, developers and influential's fostering cooperation and cross-border business development through virtual and live networking events to share ideas, best practices and trends from global markets. Richard has been passionately involved in the mobile industry from an analysis and implementation perspective for the past few years. Richard currently holds CTO and Business Development Director positions for two technology companies.


 Andrew McHenry, Head of PR & communications at Mobile Monday South Africa

Andrew heads up the PR & communications for Mobile Monday South Africa. With twenty years experience in the information technology industry, spanning software, hardware and custom application development. Currently consulting in the Social, Location and Mobile (SoLoMo) sectors covering all OS's, all devices, hardware, software and solutions with a focus on Africa.



Jean-Pierre Bienaimé, Chairman, UMTS Forum

Jean-Pierre Bienaimé has been Chairman of mobile industry association The UMTS Forum since January 2003, with a mission to promote a common vision of the development of 3G/UMTS and of its Long Term Evolution 4G LTE, and to ensure its worldwide commercial success. The UMTS Forum notably contributes to international organisations (ITU, EC, ETSI, 3GPP, CEPT), conducts studies and reports on key focus areas of mobile broadband communications such as markets & trends, services & applications, spectrum & regulation, impact of technologies & implementation issues, and holds a continued dialogue with decision-makers and regulators of key growth markets worldwide.


 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.


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 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.


“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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