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Shortlisted entrants announced for World Communication Awards

By Kai Ping Lew
Fri 3 Nov 2017
FYI, this story is more than a year old

The 19th annual World Communication Awards in London on November 28 is set to be the largest ever, with 65 companies and organisations shortlisted across more than 20 categories, including new awards around NFV Innovation, 5G and Digital Lifestyle.     

The awards are so competitive that organiser Total Telecom has extended the independent judging panel to 30 highly qualified experts across the world.

Assessing the hundreds of applications has taken several weeks, with a shortlist ranging from the very largest operators and vendors to small and innovative startups.

“Since the very beginning, a cornerstone of the success of the WCAs has been a strict and rigid policy that judging must at all times be totally independent and impartial,” says Tony Lavender, chair of judges and Plum Consulting CEO.

“That has always been my brief, and as the industry has moved forward and widened its scope to new developments like NFV, IoT and 5G, we have also widened the expertise of our judging group so that companies entering for these awards can know and respect the calibre of the people assessing their submissions.

“We know how much effort, toil and sweat goes into every single entry, and when the category winners are announced on the 28th, those companies and individuals can feel very proud of their achievements.”

Launched in 1999, the World Communication Awards have shown themselves to be the blue-chip mark of success in the telecom industry and once again guests are expected from all over the world.

Attendance is expected to exceed last year’s, with guests from countries as diverse as Mozambique, the Philippines, Chile, and Bahrain, as well as the mainstream countries of Europe, Asia and North America all coming to London.

As well as the new categories, the prestigious CEO of the Year title has been re-structured for 2017.

Instead of being decided by industry vote, it is now being left to the judging panel to make the decision.

The shortlists and categories are:

Best Brand

Orange - Orange Sponsors You

Smart Communications - Welcome Change

Viettel Group BITEL - 4G coverage campaign

Best Enterprise Service

CITIC Telecom CPC - TrustCSI ATP

NTT Communications Corporation - SD-WAN Service Portfolio

Singtel - Software-Defined Hybrid Network

Telstra Broadcast Services

Best Customer Care

Telekom Research & Development

Telia Carrier



The Social Contribution Award

Cable & Wireless - Identity Scoring

Indosat Ooredoo - INSPERA

Mahindra Comviva - Idea Cellular's Private Recharge powered by PreTUPS

Ooredoo Myanmar - Site Pyo

Smart Communications - SHINE OS+

Telin - Kartu As2in1

Turkcell - No Barriers

Viettel Group - Operation Healthy Heart

Best Connectivity Solution

Telekom Research & Development - iSSEF Prime

Turkcell - Automatic Rotating Antenna

Most Innovative IoT Solution

Cisco Jasper Control Center

Huawei - Oceanconnect IoT Platform

iBasis - Global IoT Solution

Indosat Ooredoo - IoT Connect

ZTE Corporation - Smart Parking Product

Industrial IoT Award

NTT Communications - IoT Platform

Orange - Pops by Orange

Smart Cities Award

Greenwave Systems - AXON Platform

Indosat Ooredoo - Kota Digital

Intersec - GeoInsights

Magnet Networks - Smart City, Wembley Park

The Moving Pictures Award

Huawei - Envision mobile video service

MEO - 4K Experience

Ooredoo Qatar

PCCW Global - Virtual Reality (VR) Broadcast Solution

Digital Lifestyle Award

Indosat Ooredoo


PLDT - Smart Home

5G Trailblazer

Mimosa Networks

Ooredoo Qatar

Telstra Corporation

NFV Innovation Award

Accedian SkyLIGHT Platform

Huawei NFV Integration Solution

Iskratel - vIMS

Mavenir - Multi-ID solution

Netcracker Technology - Netcracker 12

Vmware - vCloud NFV 2.0

The Innovation Award: Vendor

Content Guru - Patient Relationship Manager (PRM)

Invia - Bill on Behalf

Mahindra Comviva - Ecocash Diaspora

Metaswitch - 100% Cloud Native VoLTE Solution

ZTE - Innovative Combo PON Solution

The Innovation Award: Operator

Colt Technology Services - Colt On Demand

Fareastone Telecommunications Co. - iTracer

Singapore Telecommunications Limited - One Singtel Sales Experience

Telekom Research & Development - Multi Service Wireless Access Network

Telkomtelstra - Delivery Robots (Dbots)

The Cloud Infrastructure Award

CITIC Telecom CPC - SmartCLOUD

Epsilon Telecommunications - Infiny

Huawei - China Mobile Zhejing Province Telco Cloud

Interoute - Enterprise Digital Platform

Network Transformation Initiative

Reliance Jio and Accedian - 4G Customer Experience Assurance

Tata Communications Transformation Services - Lab as a Service

Telecom Argentina and Huawei - core network cloud transformation

Telstra Corporation - Programmable Network

Vodafone Carrier Services

The Users' Choice Award



NTT Communications

Orange Business Services


Tata Communications




Best Regional Wholesale Operator



Optus Wholesale


Best Wholesale Operator

Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS)

Interoute Communications

NTT Communications Corporation

PCCW Global

Telia Carrier

Vodafone Carrier Services

CTO of the Year

Alexandre Fonseca - Altice / PT

Bryn Jones - Three UK

Dato’ Rafaai Samsi - Telekom Malaysia Berhad

Hatem Bamatraf - Etisalat

Nanang Hendarno - Telin

Rajiv Datta - COLT

Sascha Zabransky - Telekom Austria Group

Yogesh Malik - Veon

CEO of the Year

Ahmad Hanandeh - Zain Jordan

Alan Masarek - Vonage

Dana Tobak - Hyperoptic

Ernst L Cu - Globe Telecom

Rick Calder - GTT Communications

The Broadband Pioneer Award

Essex County Council - Superfast Essex

Huawei - Europe's First Docsis 3.1 Based GigaSpeed Network

Hyperoptic - Full fibre

Ooredoo Qatar - Supernet

PLDT - Home Fibr

Spark New Zealand - Nationwide - Home Wireless Broadband rollout

Best Operator in an Emerging Market

Liquid Telecom

Ooredoo Myanmar

Smart Communications



Best Global Operator

NTT Communications Corporation

Ooredoo Group

Telstra Corporation

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