CommsMEA Awards 2017: The shortlist

Record number of nominations received for the twelfth edition of the Awards
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CommsMEA is happy to announce the companies shortlisted for the CommsMEA Awards 2017.

The final winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony in front of the leading lights from the MEA region’s telecoms sector during a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Dubai on November 20.

Executives including telecom CEOs, vendors, ministers and regulators are set to attend the twelfth edition of the event, which celebrates success and innovation in the telecoms sector.

This year, there are 15 awards with few new categories as well keeping in line with the trends of the market.

This year's judging panel consists of Paul Black, director of telecoms, media and IoT, IDC Middle East, Turkey & Africa; John Curtis-Oliver, Partner at Boyden; Erik Almqvist, managing director, goetzpartners management consultants; Dr. Riad Hartani, partner, Xona; Marc Biosca, partner and leader of communications, Media and Technology Practice - A.T. Kearney Middle East; David Panhans, partner and managing director, the Boston Consulting Group; Tareq Masarweh, lead analyst - consulting at Ovum (an Informa business) and Rogerio Dienes, partner at Oliver Wyman.

Click on the next page to view the shortlist.

MOST INNOVATIVE NEW SERVICE OF THE YEAR

  • Aptilo Guest Wi-Fi Cloud

  • Batelco TV

  • du- Infiny by Epsilon Deployment

  • Ericsson Lean Carrier Innovation with Zain Bahrain and Omantel

  • Nokia-Zain Saudi MEC Project

  • Omantel

  • Digital Wholesale Services Transformation of STC by ZIRA

  • Virgin Mobile UAE

BUSINESS SERVICE INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

  • Business Mobile Plan- du

  • Kafa’a Service- Zain Jordan 

  • Smart City Muttrah- Omantel

INNOVATIVE SATELLITE SERVICE OF THE YEAR

  • IntelsatOne Mobile Reach Solar service - Intelsat

  • YahClick- YahSat

  • SES

BEST CONTENT OFFERING INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR 

  • Digital Content Service- Mahindra Comviva and du 

  • ZOOM and ZOOM Play- Zain Jordan

  • Zain and Iflix

AWARD FOR CONNECTING THE UNCONNECTED

  • Bahrain WiFi- Batelco

  • Zain Cash- Zain Jordan and Zain Iraq 

  • eHub- Ericsson and Wot-if

  • Cellular backhaul connectivity solution on Satellite- Airtel Global Business 

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

  • Virgin Mobile UAE

  • Zain Saudi 

  • Viva Bahrain 

  • Fly Txt and Zain

  • Zain Bahrain 

INTERNET OF THINGS SOLUTION OF THE YEAR 

  • Amaliyati- Zain Jordan

  • CAT-M1 test in Africa for IoT- Ericsson, Qualcomm with MTN South Africa 

  • NB-IoT solution-  Etisalat, Huawei, Qualcomm and Quectel

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR 

  • eHub- Ericsson and Wot-if

  • Orange Egypt's Private Recharge powered by Mahindra Comviva

  • Seeds for the Future - Huawei

  • Medical Box- Etisalat

  • Post Wisely- du 

MARKETING INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

  • I am Sudanese - Sudatel

  • 2017 Ramadan TVC: "Fight Terror with Love"- Zain

  • Stay Connected- Batelco Bahrain 

  • 4G Roadshow- Omantel

NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

  • Infinet  Wireless  and Connect 

  • End to end managed services- Etisalat UAE

  • Network Transformation- GBI

  • G.fast Trial- Nokia and Openserve

REGULATORY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

  • Erteqa -TRA UAE

  • Managing risks in critical communications - TRA Bahrain 

  • Don’t Be Deceived- TRA Oman

  • Meqyas -CITC Saudi Arabia

MIDDLE EAST TELECOM OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

  • Virgin mobile Saudi Arabia

  • Zain Jordan

  • Etisalat

  • du

  • Viva Bahrain 

AFRICAN TELECOM OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

  • Safaricom

  • Maroc Telecom

  • Airtel Africa 

  • Vodacom

TELECOM GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Liquid Telecom 

  • Zain

  • Etisalat group

  • STC

SMART CITY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR – NEW CATEGORY 

  • du 

  • Zain- NXN

  • Etisalat

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