The 2018 AfricaCom Awards were announced at a colourful and festive Mardi Gras themed event celebrating those trailblazers leading digital inclusion, connectivity and digital development on the African continent.
The AfricaCom Awards show, supported by founding awards sponsor, PCCW Global, took place in Cape Town last night, 14 November, during AfricaCom 13-15 November 2018.
“AfricaCom continues to grow and with it the Awards,” commented Tom Cuthell, event director of AfricaCom. “I would like to thank everyone involved, our judging panel who rigorously vetted the entries, sponsors and partners for their ongoing support, and all the companies who continue to show how dedicated they are to ensuring that Africa advances into the digital ecosphere.”
Here are the AfricaCom Awards winners for 2018:
Best Network Improvement: Liquid Telecom for completion of the Cape to Cairo fibre route. Delivering Excellence in Customer Experience: Huawei Technologies for Customer Experience Management (CEM) for Ghana. Fintech Innovation Award: Econet Wireless (Cassava Fintech) and Mahindra Comviva, for EcoCash Merchant Payments powered by Mobiquity Money. Most Innovative use of AI Technology: Huawei Technologies for Huawei PowerStar. Most Innovative Service: Orange for rural electrification. Changing Lives Award: Ericsson and Wot-if? Trust for the eHUB Diepsloot, South Africa. Best Sustainable Power Solution: Huawei Technologies for the Huawei PowerCube 1000. IoT Product / Service of the year: Yego Innovision Limited for Yegomoto. Digital Entertainment Solution: Kwesé iflix for Best Innovation in Digital Entertainment.
Also, winners on the night of two very special peer-voted awards were: Abdikarim Mohamed Eid, CEO, Telesom, who was acknowledged as the AfricaCom CXO of the Year; and Priya Thakoor, chief digital officer, Coca-Cola South Africa, who was recognised for outstanding achievements in driving ‘Digital Africa’ forward, walking away with the award for the AfricaCom Enterprise CXO of the Year.
Cuthell concluded by saying: “Congratulations to all of the award winners. The bar has been set high and we all look forward to seeing what next year holds.”