AfricaCom’s annual Awards shortlist has been released with an overwhelming number of excellent entries, through a very challenging
selection process than ever before.

According to Tom Cuthell, portfolio director at KNect365, organiser of AfricaCom and the AfricaCom Awards: “The AfricaCom Awards grow in stature each year as a direct result of the quality of the works that are submitted for consideration. The ever-evolving digital ecosphere has led to some exceptional innovation in the sector, which in turn has advanced Africa’s own digital revolution. It gives us great pleasure as organisers of AfricaCom and the Awards, to acknowledge those who are truly connecting the continent.”

The nominees – were:

BEST NETWORK IMPROVEMENT

Liquid Telecom – Completion of the Cape to Cairo fibre route
Parallel Wireless – Enabling cost-effective 2G/3G/4G to bridge the digital divide in Africa
Orange – MOSAÏC
Ericsson & MTN Rwanda – The Best Performing Networks with MTN Rwanda
Huawei Technologies – Africa 1st Lampsite Pro network
Mauritius Telecom – Single RAN Implementation
Delivering Excellence in Customer Experience

Huawei Technologies – Customer Experience Management (CEM) for Ghana
Keyrus & Dassault Systemes – OmniFlow
Nokia and MTN CEM – MTN Nigeria Deploys Nokia’s Software to Deliver a Superior Subscriber Experience
Orange – One Customer One Offer
Secure-D powered by Upstream – Secure-D
Mahindra Comviva – iPACS Unified CRM and Sales and Distribution products and the MobiLytix ™ Campaign Management and Digital Care
Fintech Innovation Award

Econet Wireless (Cassava Fintech) and Mahindra Comviva – EcoCash Merchant Payments powered by mobiquity Money
Famoco – Famoco QR Payment Gateway
Most Innovative use of AI Technology

Huawei Technologies – Huawei PowerStar
ETIYA – ETIYA Customer Service Management
Ericsson and Orange Botswana – MATE Automation rule for Topological Correlation for Orange Botswana
Simfony – Immediate IoT Infrastructure
Most Innovative Service

Orange – Rural Electrification
Ericsson – Ericsson Weather Data- Casting Rainfall
Huawei Technologies – Huawei’s WTTx Solution
Mauritius Telecom with Huawei – The Next Generation 4K IPTV Service
Orange – M-VACCIN
Orange – Orange School
BRCK – Moja WiFi
Changing Lives Award

Ericsson and Wot-if? Trust – eHUB Diepsloot South Africa
MTN & HUAWEI – RuralStar – Connecting the Unconnected
Econet Wireless (Cassava Fintech) and Mahindra Comviva – EcoCash powered by mobiquity Money
Liquid Telecom – Pan-African Innovation Partnership Programme
Famoco – Famoco digital wallets to transform Development Aid in Emerging Markets
Spreadtrum Communications (Shanghai) Co.,Ltd. – SC7731E
Orange – Orange School
MTN Uganda, Intelsat and ITSO – Mobile Reach Solar 3G
IoT Product Service of the Year

Yego Innovision Limited – Yegomoto
SqwidNet – IoT Product or Service of the Year
Orange – Smart Metering
Orange – X-Agri
UROS – UROS Smart Water Cycle
Tata Communications – Tata Communications MOVE
Best Innovation in Digital Entertainment Solution

Kwesé iflix – Best Innovation in Digital Entertainment
Kwesé Play Limited – Kwesé Play (Roku Powered)
Mauritius Telecom & Huawei – The Next Generation 4K IPTV Service
Telecoming – Zaplium
Other Awards that form part of the 2018 line-up include:

AfricaCom Enterprise CXO of the Year Awards – public vote that recognises the outstanding achievements of CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, CDOs and others in driving innovation within the African enterprise space.

The AfricaCom CXO of the Year Award – recognises the outstanding achievements of CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, CDOs and others in driving development across telecommunications and technology in ‘Digital Africa’.

ORANGE SOCIAL VENTURE PRIZE

The AfricaCom Awards will also see the Orange Social Venture Prize awarded to a winning innovative project based on ICT which improves the living conditions of people in Africa and the Middle East in fields such as education, healthcare, farming, mobile payments or sustainable development.

Supported by Founding Awards Sponsor, PCCW Global, the awards will be held on 14 November at The Lookout in Granger Bay, Cape Town. ‘Mardi Gras’ is the theme for this year’s celebrations (it is also AfricaCom’s 21st birthday), so guests are invited to dress accordingly to add to the festive occasion. Those registered delegates and visitors not participating in the Awards, can still take advantage of the festive spirit by attending the free after party.

AfricaCom 2018 will bring together 14 000 attendees, 450 speakers and 400 exhibitors showcasing technologies and solutions covering everything from 5G, AI, IoT, Fintech, Blockchain and beyond, with a host of new content and exciting developments.

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