Largest Africa technology showcase, AfricaCom, hits Capetown in November

All is set to host the giants in Africa’s telecoms and technology domain at the 20th anniversary of AfricaCom. Three days of thought-provoking content and amazing tech from the 7th to 9th of November, 2017, at the Capetown International Conference Center, South Africa, with over 13,000 attendees expected, AfricaCom is the place for companies to raise their profile, showcase their latest solutions and meet the right decision makers with purchasing power.

One of the most important aspects of the event is the AfricaCom Awards to celebrate the achievements of the best companies, solutions, products and personalities improving connectivity and driving Africa through the fourth industrial revolution. Categories and nominees include:

Best Network Improvement

This award recognizes the most successful initiative from an operator and/or a vendor that has significantly improved the performance or coverage of a network in Africa since the end of November 2016. Nominees are:

  • Vodafone Wholesale, Ghana – Fibre connectivity to the West African sub region
  • Mauritius Telecom – Accelerated FTTH Deployment
  • Liquid Telecom – Pan-African VSAT Service
  • MTN Nigeria – The world’s 1st CloudAIR [email protected] launched in MTN Nigeria
  • Huawei Technologies – Built the best network in Africa – Kenya P3 Score Improvement
  • Ericsson & Safaricom – Next Generation NOC

Delivering Excellence in Customer Experience

Placing the customer in the spotlight, this award recognizes a company or initiative that has provided a compelling customer experience. That could be through developing an integrated customer experience management (CEM) strategy, utilizing data innovatively, or considerably improving mobile user experience. Nominees are:

  • CommProve – QuantiQa NG
  • Mahindra Comviva and Airtel Africa – iPACS – Unified CRM and Convergent Billing Solution
  • Mahindra Comviva and Orange Cameroon – VAS Retailing Solution
  • Liquid Telecom – Listen, Measure, Understand and Improve
  • Orange – Business Care
  • MTN & Huawei Technologies – Customer Experience Management

Best Network Function Virtualization Solution

This award is open to companies capable of demonstrating successful use cases of virtualization technology/network and be able to share the details of facilitating this deployment in the past 12 months. Companies should have devised an innovative use case of the solution to make it successful. Nominees in this category are:

  • Parallel Wireless – HetHet Gateway enabling ease of deployment and maintenance for ANY G cellular network
  • ECI – LightSEC for Critical Infrastructure
  • Ericsson – Ericsson HDS (Hyperscale Datacenter System)
  • Huawei Technologies – ICT Transformation through Huawei’s NFV Solution

Changing Lives Award

This is where ICT meets socio-economic development and inclusion. This award will celebrate a product, initiative or social enterprise that is having a life-changing impact on individuals or communities in the region. In this category, the following are nominated:

  • WTL – Building wholesale networks in rural Africa
  • Orange – Sandji-Senekalé
  • Orange – Cycle M
  • BrightWave Technologies – Telecommunication (metro broadband network)
  • UNHCR – Smart WiFi Kiosk
  • RippleNami, Inc. – rWAVES
  • iSON Group – IT and ITeS Services
  • Nokia – CodeBus Africa
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Most Innovative LTE Service/Application Deployment

This award recognizes the best LTE core network development solutions, which will aid development of the core to support LTE networks & services that will be deployed over them. Companies should be able to demonstrate/showcase user case study where the solution has been used and share details of why and how it’s been successful. The nominees are:

  • Ecocarrier Inc. – MRESENCE – Presence in Mixed Reality and its application in cloud-based managed services for TeleMRedicine, CollaboMRation,
  • Alepo Technologies – BSS Transformation
  • Parallel Wireless – Making LTE deployments as easy and as cost-effective as Wi-Fi
  • Telkom & Huawei Technologies – Telkom (CSB) Consumer and Small Business powered by Huawei LTE Solution

Best Innovation in Broadcast – Broadband Convergence

This award is for the most innovative product or service in which video content is being distributed across Africa. This could be a new OTT service, or a technology that provides an enhancement in the way content is being viewed on the continent. Nominees are:

  • Orange – #Débloqués
  • Orange – TV Everywhere
  • Telkom & Huawei Technologies – Telkom LIT_ Service

Most Innovative Service “The Business of Tomorrow”

This prize recognizes a popular new offering which, from conception to execution, has been an innovation. It could be for the consumer or the enterprise markets, and could be messaging, mcommerce, video, etc. It must be in an African market, and should have offered significant new prospects for revenue growth and customer satisfaction. This category’s nominees are:

  • UROS Ltd. – Goodspeed Roaming App
  • ZOL (Zimbabwe) – part of The Liquid Telecom Group – Fibroniks-on-the-Go
  • Truecaller – Truecaller
  • Orange – Rural Electrification
  • Telkom & Huawei Technologies – Telkom LIT_
  • Orange – USSD STORE

Outstanding Data Management or Analytics Solution

This award is for any product or service that can help operators and/or enterprises more effectively store, manage, protect or analyze their data. The nominees include:

  • BWTECH International Ltd – NetChart
  • Polystar – Kalix
  • Orange – Orange Data Management Program
  • PCCW Global – GlobalView

Fintech Innovation Award

This award recognizes an innovation in Fintech that has shown potential for both scalability and sustainability. Judges will also look for an innovative business model that addresses real market needs such as unbanked communities and women in rural areas. Mobile financial service aspects include money transfer & remittance, cross border remittance, mobile banking, mobile wallets & NFC and contactless transfer, peer to peer or at the point of sale. Nominees are:

  • Mahindra Comviva and Econet Wireless – EcoCash Diaspora
  • BIMA (Milvik) – Microinsurance
  • FAMOCO – FAMOCO help Orange Cameroon to improve the efficiency of their distribution network.
  • Panamax Inc. – MobiFin
  • Tanzania Vodacom & Huawei Technologies – Tanzania Vodacom Lipa kwa M-Pesa
  • PCCW Global – Tap&Go

IoT Product / Service of the Year

This award will showcase the best platform or deployment of an IoT solution, focusing on the business requirements, integration and benefits gained. The nominees in this category are:

  • eWaterpay – eWater tap
  • Orange – Smart metering
  • SqwidNet – IoT Network and Ecosystem Roll-out
  • Huawei Technologies – Huawei PLC-IoT for achieving Intelligent Utility Grid
  • Huawei Technologies – Huawei IOT Solution for Insurance Innovation
  • Ericsson + MTN + Qualcom – First CAT-M1 test in Africa for Internet of Things

Orange Social Venture Prize

Entries for the Orange Social Venture Prize, which rewards entrepreneurs developing products or services that use ICT in an innovative way to meet the needs of people in Africa or the Middle East in fields such as health, agriculture, education, energy, industry or trade are now closed. Winner will be announced during the event.

CXO of the Year Award

This award will go to a public vote online building up to AfricaCom, rather than to the judging panel. It recognizes outstanding contribution in the field of telecoms & ICT within an African listed company or an organization with operations in at least one African country. The nominees are:

  • Sherry Singh – CEO, Mauritius Telecom
  • Thomas Musili – Founder Director, Computers for Schools Kenya
  • Ronald Bogere Mitti – CTO, Bharti Airtel Tanzania
  • John Momoh – Chairman & CEO, Channels TV
  • Ben Cheick Haidara – CEO, Orange Burkina Faso

Speakers include top executives from reputable companies like Ken Okwero, Head of Strategy, SafariCom, Jonathan Ayeche, General Manager, Uber, Jason Njoku CEO, IrokoTv, Velma Corcoran, Regional Market Manager, Airbnb.

Lead stream sponsor is Microsoft, while SquidNet, premier network provider for the internet of things in South Africa is also lead stream sponsor for IoT devices.

Exhibitors include Orange, Radware, Niagara Networks, Eutelsat among others. Attendance is free and registration is still ongoing.


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Chiamaka Akuba is a graduate of Mass Communication of the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is passionate about emerging markets and entrepreneurship and is actively working with the industry. She loves her conversations challenging and can’t help laughing when you call her ‘Honourable Writer of the Federal Republic'. Chiamaka is a Staff Writer at Outrepreneurs.


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