The second annual AfricaCom Awards were announced last night, with global giants rubbing shoulders with haome-grown companies in the final list of 10.
The New Entrant of the Year award went to Dark Fibre Africa for its optical fibre ducting infrastructure.
The Best Network Improvement was awarded to Microcom DRC and the WiMax Network in Democratic Republic of Congo, while Comviva won the Best New Services catergory for its Virtual Phone.. Comviva's Virtual Phone also won the Telecoms Innovation of the Year award.
The award for Best Cost Efficiency Solution for Africa went to Helios Towers and its co-location/infrastructure sharing product, while the Green Telecoms Award went to Win Afrique for itsr use of solar, wind and green energy solutions.
MTN Angola won the Best Solution for Rural Services for its Google SMS/application labaratory and Vodacom Mozambique won the Best Marketing Campaign with its The Tudobom brand campaign.
The Best Pan African Initiative was Seacom with the East African submarine cables and Emtel Mauritius was given the Changing Lives Award for connecting the people of Agalega Islands to the world.
The winning entries covered an broad spectrum of networks, services and solutions, offering a true cross-section of the African telecommunications industry. The independent panel of judges, who dealt with even more entries than last year, decided on the winners as the most inspiring examples of telecoms innovation and progress on the continent.