The winners of this year's AfricaCom Awards were announced yesterday evening at the LookOut in Cape Town. The annual industry awards for the African telecommunications, ICT and media sector celebrate and pay tribute to the industry initiatives that improve connectivity and digital transformation across the continent.
There were over 100 entries with 13 overall winners.
Adam Thompson from KNect365 TMT said: “This year’s awards saw an exceptional shortlist of entries. The judging panel were thoroughly impressed with the quality of entries and the range of industry projects carried out. These awards allow us to acknowledge and appreciate the efforts presented by industry players and to motivate others to continually develop game-changing and innovative projects. There were definitely some stand-out winners this year, with Ghanaian projects scooping three awards.”
Initiatives in Ghana over the year proved successful projects with operators Tigo Ghana scooping two awards including the widely coveted Changing Lives Award for their Mobile Birth Registration project. Keeping the Ghanaian presence strong Ebenezer Twum Asante of MTN Ghana scooped the CEO of the year. The judges’ most notable entry came from BRCK with their Kio Kit - Digital Classroom in a Box which won Best Pan-African Initiative.
The awards judging panels consisted of: Russell Southwood, chief executive, Balancing Act; Thecla Mbongue, senior analyst, Ovum; Danson Njue, research analyst, Ovum; Tom Jackson, co-founder, Disrupt Africa; Lynette Hundermark, co-founder & chief product officer, Useful & Beautiful; Matthew Reed, principal analyst, MEA, Ovum, Arthur Goldstuck, MD, World Wide Worx, editor-in-chief, Gadget; Scott Bichino, editorial director at Telecoms.com; Bradley Shaw, regional manager - Middle East and Africa at NuRan Wireless and Prakash Patel, chief strategy officer, Fogg Experiential Design Cape Town.
And the winners are...
|Category Name||Company nominated||Product name|
|Best Marketing Campaign||Liquid Telecom||AfriCan|
|Best App for Africa||Mauritius Telecom||Traffic Watch Mauritius|
|Best Cost Efficiency Solution for Africa||Orange||Orange MEA Open Tech Hub|
|Most Significant LTE Development||MTC & Huawei Technologies||Commercial LTE-A Network in Namibia |
|Best Connectivity Solution for Africa||World Telecom Labs||Vivada for rural wholesale networks|
|Best Network Improvement||PCCW Global||MEF Certified Ethernet Service|
|Orange Social Venture Prize||MedTrucks Morocco||Deployment of Mobile Care Units|
|Best Mobile Financial Service||Mahindra Comviva||Airtel Money “Tap Tap” Tanzania powered by Nearex and Mahindra Comviva’ s mobiquity® Money|
|Delivering Excellence in Customer Experience||Huawei Technologies||Best User Experience with Huawei CEM|
|Most Innovative Service " The Business of Tomorrow"||Airtel Africa||Airtel Advanced Call Completion (Adcom)|
|Best Pan-African Initiative||BRCK||Kio Kit - Digital Classroom in a Box |
|CEO of the year award||MTN Ghana||Ebenezer Twum Asante |
|Changing Lives Award ||Tigo Ghana||Mobile Birth Registration|
Criteria and entry dates for the AfricaCom 2017 season will be announced in early next year 2017.