CommsMEA Awards 2017 opened to a packed house at Grosvenor House, Dubai yesterday evening, as various stakeholders of the telecommunications industry in the region came together for an evening of appreciation and networking. The awards rewarded some of the best efforts made by the industry over the past twelve months, across various areas like technology, strategy, and services.
The awards were presented to operators, regulators and other technology and service providers in recognition of their achievements in ensuring that the Middle East and Africa region stays at the frontier of digital innovation.
All the shortlisted companies can be found here.
Sixteen awards were presented at the gala, with around 200 ICT leaders and professionals in attendance. The 12th CommsMEA Awards attracted a strong field of nominations, reflecting the various ways communications technology is taking fast strides towards a complete revolution.
The winners of the CommsMEA Awards 2017 are:
Most innovative new service of the year: Virgin Mobile UAE-EITC
Business service initiative of the year: Enterprise security operations centre- du
Innovative satellite service of the year: YahClick -YahSat
Best content offering initiative of the year: digital content service- Mahindra Comviva and du
IoT solution of the year: NB-IoT solution- Etisalat, Huawei, Qualcomm and Quectel
CSR campaign of the year: : Seeds for the Future - Huawei
Award for connecting the unconnected: eHub- Ericsson and Wot-if?
Editor’s choice award for 5G innovation: Ericsson
Outstanding customer service award: Virgin Mobile UAE- EITC
Marketing initiative of the year: 2017 Ramadan TVC: "Fight Terror with Love"- Zain
Network infrastructure initiative of the year: G.fast Trial- Nokia and Openserve
Regulatory initiative of the year: Managing risks in critical communications - TRA Bahrain
Smart city initiative of the year: Dubai Pulse- du
African telecom operator of the year: Safaricom
Middle East telecom operator of the year: STC
Telecom group of the year: Etisalat Group
The highly commended entries were:
Most innovative new service of the year: Nokia-Zain Saudi MEC Project
Business service initiative of the year: Smart City Muttrah- Omantel
CSR campaign of the year: Orange Egypt's Private Recharge powered by Mahindra Comviva
Award for connecting the unconnected: Cellular backhaul connectivity solution on satellite- Airtel Global Business
Outstanding customer service award: Fly Txt and Zain
Marketing initiative of the year: I am Sudanese - Sudatel
Network infrastructure initiative of the year: network Transformation- GBI
Regulatory initiative of the year: Erteqa- TRA UAE
The annual CommsMEA Awards acknowledge operators and other technology providers who have taken a leadership role in the region’s fast growing and rapidly changing telecoms sector.
Most of all, the awards aim to recognise those organisations that have helped turn the communications sector in the Middle East and Africa into one of the most dynamic and vibrant in the world.
For full coverage of the awards, see the December issue of CommsMEA magazine.