Africa gears up for 2012 AfricaCom Awards

The nominations for the AfricaCom Awards, which take place each year recognizing the finest of the African techs, are currently open.

AfricaCom Awards brings together great companies and individuals to showcase their business solutions in the industry and how they have impacted the society they belong to. The awards aim to recognize the best from ICT, Media and Telecoms.

“The Africa Com Award was a great success and forms the foundation on which competitive strategies in the industry can build for learning, innovations, and growth, for the benefits of the mankind,” Vitalis Olunga, Chairman GSM Africa said about previous award ceremonies.

He added that, “It brought together the industry leaders and innovators in telecommunications industry in Africa and international vendors that provide great support to the major operators and service providers in this rapidly growing industry.”

There are several categories that nominees can enter the award competition including the Best Network Improvement, Most Innovative Service, Best Quality User Experience, Best Cost Efficiency Initiative for Africa and the Rural Telecoms Award, Best Backhaul Solution for Africa.

Others included Best Marketing Campaign, Best Smart-Device for Africa, Best Pan African Initiative, the 2012 Mobile Data and Social Media Award, Industry Personality of the Year, Changing Lives Award.

Last year, several winners emerged in each category, majorly multinational companies in tech and mobile telephony services.

Orange network’s Surf and Play won the Best New Service category. The service offers a hassle-free way to surf the internet for small and medium businesses and it is offered in Kenya and Uganda.

Other winners from last year included MTN South Africa for Best Network Improvement. Safaricom won Best ICT Solution Provider for Enterprise Markets in Africa award.

This will be the fifth edition of the award ceremony. This year’s awards will take place on November 14 at the Waterfront Lookout, Cape Town, South Africa. Entry deadline will be on September 7 this year.

All entries for the award ceremony will cost each participant US$299.

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