The AfricaCom Awards 2014 results, Liquid Telecom Shines

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The 7th session of the Africacom awards 2014, probably the biggest technological event for Africa with focus on communication which drew together the Who is Who of Africa closed on a high note last night in South Africa.
This is a showcase of Africa`s giant, like the Hip Hop statement, “If you made it here , you can make it anyway” This was a showcase of technological leaders affecting Africa, at continental, meaning the impact of the technological solution had to go beyond the national borders.
Fortunately for Zimbabwe , we had a strong representative by liquid Telecom, nominated for three other categories, the Zimbabwean linked company, a fibre optic laying company under Econet Wireless did us proud at the awards.

Liquid telecom had been a nominee under four different categories and walked away with the Best Pan African Initiative award and VSAT Innovation for Africa.

Huawei another company with strong Zimbabwean visibility also walked away with two awards of the night.

Disappointingly, Opera which most Africans use today to cut costs on mobile communications did not manage to get the recognition for impacting the continent.

From our Live Tweets of the event, here are the results of the prestigious #africacomawards 2014
Best App for Africa
Winner is Airtel

Nominees
Orange – Libon, Orange – Orange Self-care Application:My Orange, Kirusa – InstaVoice, Spice – Mziiki

Best Connectivity Solutions for Africa
Winner is WIOCC – Connecting Somalia – closing the final link
Nominees
Orange – My Social WiFi
Liquid Telecom – 100Mbps FTTH Service
Breeze Micro and World Telecom Labs – New Inter-city VoIP Routes in Nigeria from Breeze Micro and World Telecom Labs
Sky Vision – SkyVision Hybrid Satellite and Terrestrial network solutions

Best Cost Efficiency Solutions For Africa,
Winner is Huawei – Africa’s 1st SDN Innovation
Nominees
TKM Maestro – TKM Cost Efficiency Solution
Nomanini – Nomanini payments platform
Digital Route – Mediation Zone
Afrigis – Voting Station Monitor USSD Solution
Opera Software – Opera Web Pass
Fairwaves – Mobile network which you can build yourself

Best Device for Africa
The Winner is Solarway – Solar Powered Mobile Phone Charging Station
Nominees

Solarway – Solar Kiosk

Equatel – Equatel SIM Payphone

Nomanini – Nomanini payments platform
Bharti Airtel – Airtel Red

Best Marketing Campaign
The Winner is Huawei – MTN’s Mandela Birthday‘ 67 Minutes
Nominees
MTN – MTN Corporate Campaign
OgilvyOne Africa /Airtel Zambia – Go For It : Be Whatever, Do Whatever
Orange – Emergency Credit Campaign
Orange – Orange Football Club Campaign
Onlime – Marketing Campaign – Rebrand
Millicom Tanzania TIGO – Free Facebook in Swahili
Bharti Airtel – Mr Money Campaign

Best Mobile Money Solution
winner is Bharti Airtel – Airtel Money
Nominees
Orange – Mobile Travel Tickets
Orange – Mobile Pensions
Mobile Pensions – PocketMoni Mobile Money Service
Mahindra Comviva – Mahindra Comviva mobiquity Connect

Best Network Improvement
Winner: WIOCC – Extending WIOCC’s Pan-African Network into Somalia
Nominees
Ericsson – TiGO Senegal
World Telecoms Lab – Nigeria’s new interconnect exchange carriers and World Telecom Labs’ 2nd Generation VoIP Switches
Tigo Rwanda – Tigo Voice and Data Mobile Services
Bharti Airtel – Nigeria Data Service Improvement
Liquid Telecom – Upgrading and improving the fibre network of Liquid Telecom Kenya

Best Pan African Initiative
Winner Liquid Telecom – East Africa Fibre Ring
Nominees
MTN – MTN GLOBAL MPLS VPN
PCCW Global – High-Quality Calling with Direct Routing in Africa
Orange – Pan-African Partnering Play Store
Airtel Africa and IBM – Business Intelligence Solution (based on Cognos, DB2, Websphere, AIX and IBM Blade Center)

Breakthrough LTE Development
Winner Ericsson – Breakthrough LTE Development – Unitel
Nominees
PCCW Global – Global LTE Roaming for African Mobile Subscribers
Ericsson – LTE Market Impact – Smile Nigeria
Orange – LTE for fix
Huawei – Innovative LTE Rollout
Smile Communications – SmileON and Data Management
Telkom – LTE
Surfline – Deployment of 4G LTE network in Ghana

Changing Lives Awards
Winner Afrigis – Gender-Based Violence Command Centre (GBVCC)
Nominees
Orange – Digital School Project
WIOCC – Closing the final link – connecting Somalia
afb Mauritius Ltd – Mobile Consume and Businesses Unsecured Credit
TXT Ghana – JOB 1917
Bharti Airtel – Ebola Initiative
Sky Vision – Ghana Crossover Academy
Telekom – TNM Moyo Cover

Excellence in Customer Experience Management
Winner: Orange – ’100% Successful Calls’ Suites of services
Nominees
Procera – RAN Perspectives
OgilvyOne Africa /Airtel Ghana – Uncle MB | Sorting data drama
SafariCom – Customer Care support for M-PESA product – the leading mobile money transfer service in the world
Bharti Airtel – Airtel Premier

Most Innovative Service
Winner Millicom Tanzania TIGO – Tigo Pesa – International Mobile Money Transfer
Nominees
Huawei – Huawei’s Digital Music Service for MTN
Econet Renewable Energy Systems – Titan – Home Power Station
Opera Software – Opera Web Pass
Orange – Facebook Partnerships
Kifiya Financial Technologies – Digital Finance and Payment Service

VSAT Innovation for Africa
Winner: Liquid Telecom – Shared MPLS Satellite service
Nominees
Afrique Telecom – Full VNO OSS/BSS for VSAT Industry and Customers
EMC – Fully managed VSAT services
Sky Vision – Sky Vision Active Series

 

Nicole Madziwa

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