AfricaCom 2017 Awards shortlist announced


The AfricaCom Awards celebrate the achievements of the best companies, solutions, products and personalities improving connectivity and driving Africa through the fourth industrial revolution.

The 2017 event marks the 20th anniversary of AfricaCom and the 10th year of the Awards.

“The inclusion of several new categories in this year’s awards line-up, also speaks to the continual progress being affected on the African continent through the deployment of digital solutions, generating some truly innovative thinking and services,” says Tom Cuthell, KNect365 Portfolio Director.   

“It’s an exciting time for technology across the world, but none more than across Africa, with many of these shortlisted contenders, leading global development in their field.”

The categories and shortlisted finalists are:

Best Network Improvement

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 GU@5MHz launched in MTN Nigeria

Huawei Technologies – Build the Best Network in Africa – Kenya P3 Score Improvement

Ericsson & Safaricom – Next Generation NOC

Delivering Excellence in Customer Experience

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 (CEM)

Best Network Function Virtualization Solution

Parallel Wireless – HetHet Gateway enabling ease of deployment and maintenance for ANY G cellular network

ECI – LightSEC for Critical Infrastructures

Ericsson – Ericsson HDS (Hyperscale Datacenter System)

Huawei Technologies – ICT Transformation Through Huawei’s NFV Solution

Changing Lives Award

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

 Most Innovative LTE Service/Application Deployment

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

Orange – #Débloqués

Orange – TV Everywhere

Telkom & Huawei Technologies – Telkom LIT_ Service

Most Innovative Service – The Business of Tomorrow

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_


Outstanding Data Management or Analytics Solution

BWTECH International Ltd – NetChart

Polystar – Kalix

Orange – Orange Data Management Program

PCCW Global – GlobalView

Fintech Innovation Award

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

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

MTN South Africa together with Ericsson MEA – First CAT-M1 test in Africa for Internet of Things

CXO of the Year, this is a new award and is open to members of the public to vote.  It recognises outstanding contribution in the field of telecoms & ICT within an African listed company or an organisation with operations in at least one African country.  The shortlisted nominees will be announced on Monday 23rd October 2017.

All winners will be announced at the AfricaCom Awards, which this year takes place on 8 November 2017, at the Waterfront LookOut, Granger Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. 


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Bontle Moeng is the Founder and Managing Director of BizNis Africa. Moeng has spent 16 years working in the digital and online media industry across Africa. She applied her trade at True Love magazine prior to discovering her passion for Investment news in key sectors across Africa. Moeng previously worked for ITWeb, Starfish Mobile Technologies, ITNewsAfrica, AVATAR Agency, eNitiate, Global Interface Consulting and Havas Johannesburg. Her primary focus is to provide solid and valuable content on investment opportunities for the ICT, Energy and Mining sectors across Africa. In addition, the online news publication assists global companies to expand their presence in Africa. Email:

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