11 Oct 2013

Shortlist announced for 2013 AfricaCom Awards!

AfricaCom 2013 – Awards shortlist announced – See who’s making waves in the African Digi-sphere….


We are delighted to announce the AfricaCom Awards 2013 shortlist following a really exciting and popular campaign this year. Our expert panel of judges have done a fantastic job of reviewing the record number of entries received from all across Africa. Their professional and impartial views have resulted in a shortlist that we are proud to be offering this mark of quality and merit to.

Congratulations to all those shortlisted, we can’t wait to see you on the big night, November 13th at Granger’s Bay, Cape Town for a spectacular awards evening. Best of luck!

The short-listed nominees are:


Africa Com Awards 2013 – Official Shortlist


Best Network Improvement


Seacom – SEACOM’s African Ring

Orange – Internet for All

Tigo Tanzania – Network Improvement

SkyVision – Project Mauritius

Huawei Technologies – Huawei FMC Solution



Best Quality User Experience


Orange – My Orange

Deloitte Digital – Data Visualisation

Orange – My Orange Facebook

Orange – Internet Everywhere

Roamtech Solutions Ltd – Music Service

Ericsson – Ericsson Multiscreen Self-care

Citrix – T3100 Adaptive Traffic Manager



Best Cost Efficiency Solution for Africa


World Telecoms Lab – WTL’s 2nd Generation VoIP

Liquid Telecom – Liquid Telecom – the longest fibre links in Africa

Conduct Telecommunications – Open access, dark fibre infrastructure in the last mile

Astellia and Econet Wireless – Revenue Assurance

PeerApp – UltraBand transparent caching platform

TKM Maestro Limited



Rural Telecoms Award


Orange – Mobile Agricultural Info (Labaroun Kassoua)

Econet Solar International – HPS Home Power Station

Helios Towers Africa – Shared Telecoms Infrastructure

Safaricom limited – VUMA online

Vodacom Business Nigeria- Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Solutions

SkyVision – Project Rodrigues



Best Connectivity Solution for Africa


Orange – ACE Cable

Poynting Antennas (Pty) Ltd – Subterranean Cellular Base Station

Conduct Telecommunications – Open access, dark fibre infrastructure in the last mile

Bluwan – Bluwan’s BroadFusion access solution and the Access in Africa project

Liquid Telecom – Liquid’s fibre network

Seacom – Remote Peering



Best Marketing Campaign


OgilvyOne Africa – Marketing Campaign for Airtel Nigeria – Padi Na Good Thing O! – Half Dollar

Orange – Orange African Cup of Nations 2013

Liquid Telecom – ‘I Am’

MTN – Welcome to the World



Best Mobile Marketing Campaign


Orange – E-Recharge & Win -Botswana

OgilvyOne Africa – Mobile Marketing Campaign for Airtel Kenya – FREE Your Smartphone

Mobitainment – The Excella’nt Competition



Best Digital Music Initiative


OgilvyOne Africa – Online marketing campaign for Airtel FRNDZ Unlimited Offer

Mahindra Comviva – Digital Music Library

Spice VAS Africa Pte Ltd – MOD360

Roamtech Solutions Ltd – Bonyeza 699



Best Mobile Money Service


Mahindra Comviva – Ecocash

Orange Niger – Mobile Ticketing

Safaricom Limited – M-Shwari

Orange – Orange Money Visa Service

ORANGE – Orange Money International Transfer

Mer Group Telecom Division – Mobile FinaGate



Best App for Africa


Prezence – Bid or Buy

SatPack Travel- Africa: Live App

Orange – My Orange

Opera Software – Opera Mini

Prezence – Real Time Wine

ydangle apps (Pty) Ltd – Flick



Most Innovative Service 


Intersec – Loyalty Management Suite 5.0

Arabsat – Satellite communication services

TXT Ghana Ltd – Job 1917

Deloitte Digital – Data Visualiser

ORANGE – My Orange Facebook

Safaricom Limited – Cashless Payment Solution

MTN Swaziland – MTN XtraTime

Orange – Mobile Yellow Pages (User Generated Content Directory)

PCCW Global - PCCW Global: Delivering IPX in Africa



Best Pan African Initiative 


Tata Communications – Africa Connectivity and Collaboration Expansion

Orange – International Airtime Hub

Orange – Orange Regional Money Transfer

SkyVision – SkyVision South Africa

Seacom – SEACOM’s IP Network

PCCW Global -Landlocked But Not Locked Out



Industry Personality of the Year


Safaricom Limited – Betty Mwangi-Thuo

WIOCC – Chris Wood

Liquid Telecom – Nic Rudnick



Changing Lives Award


Orange – Mobile Agricultural Info (Labaroun Kassouwa)

Open Idea – Medigraf: Remote Medical Diagnostics

Orange – EDUCI

MTN Swaziland – MTN Schools’ Connectivity Project

YooMee Africa AG – Broadband internet access for students and faculty, University of Douala, Cameroon



About AfricaCom Awards


Now in their 6th year, the Africa Com Awards are recognised as the premier accolade for anyone operating in Africa’s digital market.  www.africacomawards.com

For more information on how to enter or any other aspect please contact Louisa Rogers, Marketing Director on Louisa.rogers@informa.com or +44 (0) 207 017 5157

About AfricaCom 2013


AfricaCom is Africa’s largest communications conference & exhibition.  Now in its 16th year, the conference features 350+ exhibitors and an astounding 8,000 senior decision-makers representing the entire communications ecosystem across Africa and beyond. The conference programme covers the most strategic issues affecting companies in Africa’s digital market – services, efficiency, profitability, customer experience, partnerships, policy and more – and features 6 co-located events: LTE, Digital Music, Mobile Money, AfricaCast, AfricApps, Cloud/Big Data. To register: www.comworldseries.com/africa

For further information or to request an interview with any of the shortlisted nominees, please contact:


Elize Engle or Kaz Henderson at Wired Communications


Tel: +27 21 461 6764