The AfricaCom Awards, which acknowledges the growth and importance of the telecoms and digital sectors across the African continent, is set to take place during the 2012 AfricaCom conference taking place from 13-15 November at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), South Africa, under the theme 'Reaching the Next Frontier for Growth'. The shortlist of contenders for the 2012 AfricaCom Awards have been released.
Conference manager and head of product innovation at Informa Telecoms & Media, Emily Martyr commented that competition was fierce this year with a record number of entries, up 60% on last year, which itself was a bumper year.
"The quality and number of entries into these awards is testament to the importance of this sector across Africa" she says.
South African judge, Bradley Shaw, editor of Africa Telecoms magazine, added that "the tech economy and digi-sphere on the African continent is an exciting space to play in. All of this year's entries were outstanding and it has been a difficult task to select only a few per category."
The shortlists are:
Best Network Improvement
Airtel Nigeria - Airtel Nigeria Helios Towers Africa - Shared Telecoms Infrastructure Liquid Telecom - FTTH in Zimbabwe Orange Group - Orange Cote d'Ivoire Orange Group - Internet for All ZTE - Network & Services
Most Innovative Service
Afrique Telecom - VSAT Services BWired - Open Access Fibre Based ICT Network Comviva - Airtel MVAS Econet Wireless - EcoCash Emerging Market Communications (EMC) Intersec - Loyalty Management Suite Orange Group - Deezer Orange Group - Internet for All Safaricom - M-PESA Retail Distribution Service Spice VAS Africa - Music Scorer
Best Quality User Experience - sponsored by MTN Airtel - Airtel MVAS Orange Group - Enhanced Mobile Browser Orange Group - Orange Voices Prezence Digital - Ster Kinekor Smart-Phone App Sicap - Mobile Money ATM Safaricom - USSD Self Service Internet Kiosk
Best Cost Efficiency Initiative
ACME / Reime - Energy Management Unit AfriGIS - Census Progress Watch Airtel Nigeria - Airtel Nigeria Conduct Telecom - Last Mile Open Access Fibre Optic Infrastructure IHS - Cost Efficiency Technology Orange Group - Low Cost WiFi Hotspots Safaricom Business - Safaricom Business ZTE - ZTE Solution
Rural Telecoms Award
Gateway Communication - Mauritius Island Connectivity through CellDirect Orange Group - Internet for All Rorotika - SIM Swap Safaricom - Webbox & USSD Internet Self-Service Orange Group - Birth Registration Viettel - Movitel Rural Network
Best Backhaul Solution for Africa
BWired - High Speed Fibre Based Network Comtech EF Data - Mobile Mackhaul Solution Dark Fibre Africa - Open Access Infrastructure Provider Isotel Telecom - Benin Backhaul Network
Best Marketing Campaign
Etisalat Misr - Etisalat Misr Marketing Mobitainment - Monsta Pops Mega Music Giveaway MTC - NetMan 4G Orange Group - Deezer Prezence Digital - #Mandelastory Warid Telecom - Kiyitridde
Best Smart-Device for Africa - sponsored by Gateway Etisalat Misr - Smart Device Orange Group - Internet on TV
Best Pan African Initiative
AFRINIC - AFRINIC Gateway Communications - SADC Terrestrial Rollout Helios Towers Africa - Infrastructure Sharing Energy Storage System Sky Vision - Skyvision Orange Group - West African Cluster Architecture WIOCC - Seamless, High-Capacity International Connectivity Ring around Africa
The 2012 Mobile Data and Social Media Award
biNu - biNu Social Content Platform Bozza Mobile - The Bozza.mobi App Eskimi - Eskimi Mobile Social Network Motribe - Motribe Mobile Social Networks Mxit - Mxit Prezence Digital - #Mandelastory
Industry Personality of the Year
Adiel Akplogan, AFRINIC Alan Knott-Craig, Cell C Andile Ngcaba, Convergence Partners Karel Pienaar, MTN Ben Sira, Sky Vision Cheikh Tidiane Mbaye, Orange Group
Changing Lives Award - sponsored by Comviva
Etisalat Misr - CSR Initiative 'Origin' Orange Group - Mobile Birth Declaration Orange Group - Tele Diagnostics Praekelt Foundation - YoungAfricaLive Safaricom - DAKTARI-1525 Safaricom - Safaricom Business KimMNCHip Project
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 14 November 2012.
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