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


Best Network Improvement

Award is open to: Network Operators and service providers

This award recognizes the most successful initiative from an operator and/or a vendor that has significantly improved the performance or coverage of a network in Africa since the end of November 2014.


Excellence in Customer Experience Management

Award is open to: Network operators and service providers

Placing the customer in the spotlight, this award recognises a company or initiative that has provided a compelling customer experience through developing an integrated CEM strategy, utilising data in an innovative way and /or considerably improving customer satisfaction.


Breakthrough LTE Development

Award is open to: Network operators providing LTE services, or vendors working in partnership with an operator

Reflecting the increasing importance of LTE in Africa, this award recognises the LTE network that has shown outstanding development across 2015. This could be a considerable expansion or an entirely new launch. The winning entry should show qualities in terms of both the network and of the services to the end-users.


Best Cost Efficiency Solution for Africa

Award is open to all

Recognises an outstanding new initiative from a telecoms or ICT solution provider, or from an operator/ service provider (mobile, wireless, fixed or ISP), which has enabled greater cost efficiency in the provision of telecoms, media and ICT services in Africa since November 2014.


Best Connectivity Solution for Africa

Award is open to: Network operators, ISPs, solution provider and digital service providers

Focusing on connectivity improvements in rural, urban and under-served areas this award recognises an initiative or solution from a vendor and/or operator that has considerably improved connectivity in an area, country, or sub-region within Africa in the last year.


VSAT Innovation for Africa

Award is open to: Satellite & VSAT Operators, Manufacturers and Satellite Service providers

This award recognises the positive impact of a recently launched technological innovation for VSAT in an African market, enhancing the delivery of VSAT services to the wider community, while benefiting the satellite industry as a whole.


Best Marketing Campaign

Award is open to: Operators, vendors, digital service providers and agencies

Recognises an inspiring and effective marketing campaign (which may be a new brand or product launch), advertising campaign, or innovative distribution strategy, launched by an operator/ service provider in Africa since November 2014.


Best Mobile Money Service

Award is open to: Operators, vendors, mobile financial service providers, platform providers

This award recognises a mobile financial service that has shown potential for both scalability and sustainability. Judges will also look for an innovative business model that addresses real market needs, such as unbanked communities and women in rural areas.  Mobile financial service aspects include money transfer & remittance, cross border remittance, mobile banking, mobile wallets and NFC and contactless transfer, peer to peer or at the point of sale.


Best App for Africa

Award is open to: All who have developed and launched a mobile application

Recognizes a new application for consumers or enterprise, which can demonstrate innovation towards meeting the needs and characteristic of African markets and has the potential for scalability.


Best Device for Africa

Award is open to: Connected device manufacturers

This recognises a leading device (USSD handset, smartphone, tablet) which has proven to serve the needs of African markets particularly well. Special attention will be given to affordable devices that benefit customers through reliable connectivity and wireless solutions.


Most Innovative Service

Award is open to all

This prize recognises a popular new offering which, from conception to execution, has been an innovation. It could be for the consumer or the enterprise markets, and could be messaging, mcommerce, video, etc. It must be in an African market, and should have offered significant new prospects for revenue growth and customer satisfaction.


Best Pan-African Initiative

Award is open to all

Recognises an initiative taken by an organization, or a group of organizations, to improve telecommunications services at a regional or continental level across Africa since November 2014.



CEO of the year award

Award is open to all

This award recognises outstanding contribution in the field of telecoms & ICT within an African listed company or an organisation with operations in at least one African company. 


Changing Lives Award

Award is open to all

This special award recognises an inspiring initiative that has significantly impacted African communications in the community and contributed to economic and social development since November 2014.  This could be conveyed through a product, act or CSR programme.


Thecla Mbongue 2 Thecla Mbongue, Senior Analyst, Ovum

Thecla is a Senior Analyst within Ovum 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 VAS Projects Oltio

Nnamdi Oranye is a telecommunications, financial and technology consultant who oversees projects for some of the leading banks and service providers in Africa – and globally. He has a particular passion for using mobile payments in the telecommunications industry as a catalyst for financial inclusion, focusing on projects that not only deliver a return for the originating organisation, but for the unbanked citizens of the countries he works in. Notably, his drive of the ‘freemium’ concept in the mobile financial services space resulted in him being featured in a number of media outlets, including the eNCAsTechReport, Channel Africa, PowerFM, SABC’s Lotus FM, Smile FM, HumanIPO, CLIPDC and ITWeb. Additionally, Oranye has spoken and chaired at various conferences, including Mobile Money Africa, NigeriaCom, AfricaCom, FinanceTech, CLIPDC, Mobile Money Expo, Cards & Payments Africa and ACCA’s CXO Event. Recently, he was a judge at the prestigious AfricaCom Awards Ceremony, which recognises exemplary telecommunications achievements across Africa. Oranye sits on the 2014 Mobile Money Africa Advisory Board, as well as the AfricaCom100 Research Board, and he has been named as one of the “100 most influential names in Africa’s telecoms, media and ICT industry”.


matthew reed

 Matthew Reed, Principal Analyst, Global Markets & News, Ovum

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.


Tom Jackson, Co-Founder, Disrupt Africa

Tom is co-founder of Disrupt Africa, the one-stop shop for all the latest news and information on Africa’s growing tech startup ecosystem. Tom spends his time travelling the continent meeting an array of startups, investors and stakeholders in an industry which is grabbing the world’s attention, while also writing for the likes of the BBC, Economist and Fortune.


Arthur Goldstuck, MD, World Wide Worx

Arthur Goldstuck heads the World Wide Worx research organisation, and is an award-winning writer, analyst and commentator on Internet and mobile technologies. In 2013, the Institute of IT Professionals SA named him recipient of the Distinguished Service in ICT Award, and in 2014 he was appointed to the National Broadband Advisory Council by the Minister of Communications. As a journalist, he was news editor of the Weekly Mail, South African correspondent for Billboard, and a freelance feature writer for the Times of London. He publishes the online consumer technology magazine, and his weekly gadgets column is the most widely syndicated technology column in South Africa. He writes a weekly technology trends column for the Sunday Times, and is author of 18 books. He is collaborating with Nikki Bush on a new book, “The Tech-savvy Parent”, due out in 2014.


Lynette Hundermark, Co-Founder, Useful & Beautiful

With over 15 years of experience in the tech, digital marketing and mobile solutions space, Hundermark co-founded specialist mobile solutions consultancy Useful & Beautiful. With a passion for developing mobile products that are aligned to business goals, Hundermark’s appetite for keeping abreast of the latest industry trends is fast establishing her as an expert tech commentator and opinion leader in South Africa. 

Former apps business director and head of product strategy at Prezence Digital, Hundermark developed some of the most successful mobile web and apps solutions in the country, such as the popular Ster-Kinekor booking app.

She was the mobile product manager for and earlier in her career she served as an enterprise programmer analyst for 8 years the UK. Hundermark’s experience spans the retail, financial and entertainment sectors, where she has developed a myriad of different mobile solutions for the likes of bidorbuy, Hollard, Old Mutual and EyeWitness News, to name a few. She speaks regularly at a variety of local tech and mobile conferences and is frequently quoted in South African media.


 Prakash Patel Prakash Patel, Chief Strategy Officer for Fogg Experiential Design Cape Town 

Prakash Patel, a seasoned Tra-digitalist now Chief Strategy Officer for Fogg Experiential Design Cape
Town and previously CEO of Prezence Digital – is a strategist in a suit, an innovator and blue-sky thinker, a
Creative in disguise and a firm believer that all things are possible using technology as the enabler and
creative as the idea-tor. Now trying to keep up with tomorrow today and helping brands add value in the
Digital Era.

Prakash is a digitally led, senior commercially aware marketer with over 2 decades of global and local
(South Africa & Africa) experience within the advertising industry, delivering creatively led, data-driven
digital and TTL marketing solutions for leading brands across industry sectors. That encompasses data insights and CRM at the heart of everything (something he is now driving in SA – Data Driven Marketing as a new column for

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!



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“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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