Last night in Cape Town, the 12th annual AfricaCom Awards celebrated the achievements of the telecoms industry across the continent over the past year.
The awards recognise the challenges faced by the sector in Africa, and the skill required to successfully overcome them. New categories this year included awards celebrating women in innovation, as well as government leadership.
James Williams, Portfolio Manager, Informa Tech , said: ‘The Government Leadership Award is given to the government representative whose work in digital transformation and technology has enabled significant positive change in the lives of people in Africa.”
The prize was awarded to Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, South Africa’s Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies,in honour of her efforts to promote an inclusive connected society.
Accepting the award, Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams said: “It has been encouraging to note that the discussions, various technologies and innovations showcased during AfricaCom, have primarily centred on technology as an enabler for socio-economic development.”
The list of winners reads:
- Connecting the Continent – Liquid Telecom
- Delivering Excellence in Customer Experience – Ericsson and MTN Group
- Everything as a Service: Best Cloud or Application Solution – Verimatrix
- Changing Lives Award – KaiOS Technologies
- Best Digital Entertainment Innovation Award - Telecoming
- Security Product or Service of the Year Award – Upstream Systems
- Best Network Management Software Award: – Orange and Huawei
- Best Connected Consumer Device Award – Orange
- Best Innovation for Enterprise – SqwidNet
- Most Innovative Service — The Business of Tomorrow Award – Safaricom & Huawei
The public voted categories of CXO and Enterprise CXO went to:
- CXO of the Year - Charles Molapisi, CTIO, MTN Group, and
- Enterprise CXO of the Year - Warren Hero, CDO, Webber Wentzel
Another award introduced this year recognises the contribution made by women to the development of Africa - adding weight to the call for gender parity in industry - by showcasing the incredible achievements of each of these women. The winner of the inaugural Female Innovator of the year is Elisabeth Medou Badang, Senior Vice President Africa and Indian Ocean, Orange. Elisabeth is passionate about women-empowerment initiatives such as the France Telecom Group Strategic committee on gender equality and a proud campaigner for digital transformation.