So the winners of the Oscars of Africa’s telecoms sector, the AfricaCom awards, have been announced. The awards are in their 6th year and they are basically designed to acknowledge players in the sector that have made some outstanding achievements in the year.
Of some relevance to Zimbabwe, and therefore noteworthy, are: the EcoCash platform by Mahindra Comviva which has been awarded in the Best Mobile Money Service category and Liquid Telecom for the Africa’s longest fibre network.
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Here are the winners:
|Best Network Improvement||Huawei Technologies||Huawei FMC Solution
Huawei’s partnership with Telkom which saw a fixed line and mobile switch solution to bring Telkom up to speed in South Africa allowing it to offer fixed voice and broadband services to its customers.
|Best Quality User Experience||Ericsson||Ericsson Multiscreen Self-care
This enables communication service providers to put the user in full control of their multi-screen experience and empowers the user to take charge of and maximize their user experience. The portal makes it quick and simple for subscribers to make purchases and monitor spending. It enables them to buy credit, access new services and watch spending.
|Best Cost Efficiency Solution for Africa||Liquid Telecom||Liquid Telecom – the longest fibre links in Africa
Connecting the continent and ensuring that millions of people now have access to communication that is also affordable as Liquid Telecom have also worked hard to keep costs down.
|Rural Telecoms Award||Safaricom limited||VUMA online
Affording off-grid customers the ability to have lighting and charging for their mobile phones while paying through the easy mobile payment system of M-PESA.
|Best Connectivity Solution for Africa||Seacom||Remote Peering
Enabling pan-African connectivity for small to medium operators whose growth to date has been constrained by capital expenditure and lack of infrastructure
|Best Marketing Campaign||Orange||Orange African Cup of Nations 2013
Using the continent’s love of the game to reach more people and in the process build a strong association to this sport helping to entrench the brand.
|Best Mobile Marketing Campaign||Mobitainment||The Excella’nt Competition
Using a mobile competition to generate a permission based consumer database for Wilmar Continental Oil to talk to on an ongoing basis, increase sales and build an image of excellence.
|Best Digital Music Initiative||Spice VAS Africa Pte Ltd||MOD360
An on demand music service with a customized music solution which offers music through multiple storefronts – bearer agnostic. Since the launch of this product with various Telecom Operators in
sub-Saharan African, the subscriber base using this service has grown exponentially and today there are more than 3 million active users.
|Best Mobile Money Service||Mahindra Comviva||Ecocash
Since the launch of this product with various Telecom Operators in sub-Saharan African, the subscriber base using this service has grown exponentially and today there are more than 3 million active users
|Best App for Africa||Prezence||Bid or Buy
BidorBuy is South Africa’s largest online marketplace. The idea of the app was to create an interactive and convenient mobile shopping experience for mobile users which includes all the great features of the website, bringing buyers and sellers together to trade almost anything through
online auctions and fixed price sales.
|Most Innovative Service||MTN Swaziland||MTN XtraTime
A collaboration between MTN Swaziland and its implementation partners, Mobile Decisioning Holdings. It is a service that
enables pre-qualified customers to request airtime in advance without using physical recharge cards or Uyibizemoyeni (virtual top-up) to top up their airtime balance.
|Best Pan African Initiative||Seacom||SEACOM’s IP Network
African operators have traditionally connected to Europe and the US for their internet connectivity at the detriment of direct Africa-to-Africa communications. The SEACOM IP network provides customers with the best of both worlds so that neither user experience- that of
accessing off-continent content or of accessing local content – has to be sacrificed in favour of the other. The SEACOM IP network covers major centres across Eastern and Southern Africa with IP points of presence in South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya as well as extensions across borders and into
landlocked central African countries such as Ethiopia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
|Industry Personality of the Year||WIOCC||Chris Wood
Chris Wood has led WIOCC since start-up, building it into a profitable, award-winning business with a unique, pan-African network, international client base and the #1 supplier of diversity-rich, high-capacity, end-to end managed circuits into and out
of Africa. WIOCC has experienced continuous growth in a competitive market
with a number of Tier-1 national telecoms operators, global carriers and international ISPs having signed up with WIOCC during 2013.
|Changing Lives Award||Open Idea||Medigraf
Medigraf is a web platform for remote medical assistance and training that makes available general or specialized medical services to any part of the globe. Health professionals and practitioners can perform remote medical acts or medical training on any medical specialty from any
location to any location in the globe, with mobility, flexibility and at low operating costs, remotely covering areas previously without general or specialized medical services.