New Zimbabwe (London)

Africa: Econet Shortlisted for Top Africa Awards

ECONET Wireless Zimbabwe and its France-based partner Astellia have been shortlisted for the 'Best cost efficiency solution for Africa' at the Africa Com Awards set for Cape Town South African next month.

Now in their 6th year, the Africa Com Awards are recognised as the "premier accolade for anyone operating in Africa's digital market".

Econet Wireless is Zimbabwe's largest telecoms operator while Astella describes itself as the lading provider of network and subscriber intelligence for mobile operators.

The Zimbabwean firm roped in Astellia to help address the challenge of operation in a market characterised by erratic power supplies which were hindering the company from delivering and guaranteeing reliable voice and broadband services to its subscribers.

In a statement Friday, Astellia said it helped Econet calculate the impact of power outages and network congestion on its operational efficiency which allows them to prioritize and optimize investments to offer a better quality of experience to customers and increase revenues.

"The results from the revenue assurance tool were successfully used to prioritize capital expenditure (CAPEX) investments on strategic high traffic sites guaranteeing a fast and substantial return on investment (ROI)," said Econet Wireless technical director Kizito Makuni.

"Furthermore, we will be using revenue assurance data to justify future CAPEX investments to ensure a short payback period and efficient use of resources."

Commenting on the nomination, Makuni said: "This nomination is a proof of recognition of our network and service infrastructure robustness as well as an acknowledgement of our relentless pursuit of delivering the best possible experience to our customers."

Astellia's Africa managing director, Jean-Philippe Larvol, added: "We are very honoured by this nomination.

"The independent endorsement of Astellia's expertise by an international jury of experts is a seal of quality. It is a real motivator to continue to provide African mobile operators with cost efficient solutions."

Econet unit EcoCash has also been nominated for 'Best Mobile Money Service', Econet Solar International for the 'Rural Telecoms Award' while Liquid Telecom has been nominated for 'Best Connectivity Solution for Africa', 'Best Cost Efficiency Solution for Africa' and 'Best Marketing Campaign'.

Liquid Telecom's chief executive Nic Rudnick is in the running for 'Industry Personality of the Year'. AFRICA COM 2013 AWARDS

OFFICIAL SHORTLIST

Best Network Improvement Seacom - SEACOM's African Ring

Orange - Internet for All

Tigo Tanzania - Network Improvement

Sky Vision - Project Mauritius

Huawei Technologies - Huawei FMC Solution

Best Quality User Experience

Orange - My Orange

Deloitte Digital - Data Visualisation

Orange - My Orange Facebook

Orange - Internet Everywhere

Roamtech Solutions Ltd - Music Service

Ericsson - Ericsson Multiscreen Self-care

Citrix - T3100 Adaptive Traffic Manager

Best Cost Efficiency Solution for Africa

World Telecoms Lab - WTL's 2nd Generation VoIP

Liquid Telecom - Liquid Telecom - the longest fibre links in Africa

Conduct Telecommunications - Open access, dark fibre infrastructure in the last mile

Astellia and Econet Wireless - Revenue Assurance

PeerApp - UltraBand transparent caching platform

TKM Maestro Limited

Rural Telecoms Award

Orange - Mobile Agricultural Info (Labaroun Kassoua)

Econet Solar International - HPS Home Power Station

Helios Towers Africa - Shared Telecoms Infrastructure

Safaricom limited - VUMA online

Vodacom Business Nigeria- Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Solutions

SkyVision - Project Rodrigues

Best Connectivity Solution for Africa

Orange - ACE Cable

Poynting Antennas (Pty) Ltd - Subterranean Cellular Base Station

Conduct Telecommunications - Open access, dark fibre infrastructure in the last mile

Bluwan - Bluwan's BroadFusion access solution and the Access in Africa project

Liquid Telecom - Liquid's fibre network

Seacom - Remote Peering

Best Marketing Campaign

OgilvyOne Africa - Marketing Campaign for Airtel Nigeria - Padi Na Good Thing O! - Half Dollar

Orange - Orange African Cup of Nations 2013

Liquid Telecom - 'I Am'

MTN - Welcome to the World

Best Mobile Marketing Campaign

Orange - E-Recharge & Win -Botswana

OgilvyOne Africa - Mobile Marketing Campaign for Airtel Kenya - FREE Your Smartphone

Mobitainment - The Excella'nt Competition

Best Digital Music Initiative OgilvyOne Africa - Online marketing campaign for Airtel FRNDZ Unlimited Offer

Mahindra Comviva - Digital Music Library

Spice VAS Africa Pte Ltd - MOD360

Roamtech Solutions Ltd - Bonyeza 699

Best Mobile Money Service

Mahindra Comviva - Ecocash

Orange Niger - Mobile Ticketing

Safaricom Limited - M-Shwari

Orange - Orange Money Visa Service

ORANGE - Orange Money International Transfer

Mer Group Telecom Division - Mobile FinaGate

Best App for Africa Prezence - Bid or Buy

SatPack Travel- Africa: Live App

Orange - My Orange

Opera Software - Opera Mini

Prezence - Real Time Wine

ydangle apps (Pty) Ltd - Flick

Most Innovative Service Intersec - Loyalty Management Suite 5.0

Arabsat - Satellite communication services

TXT Ghana Ltd - Job 1917

Deloitte Digital - Data Visualiser

ORANGE - My Orange Facebook

Safaricom Limited - Cashless Payment Solution

MTN Swaziland - MTN XtraTime

Orange - Mobile Yellow Pages (User Generated Content Directory)

PCCW Global -PCCW Global Products & Services

Best Pan African Initiative Tata Communications - Africa Connectivity and Collaboration Expansion

Orange - International Airtime Hub

Orange - Orange Regional Money Transfer

SkyVision - SkyVision South Africa

Seacom - SEACOM's IP Network

PCCW Global -Landlocked But Not Locked Out

Industry Personality of the Year Safaricom Limited - Betty Mwangi-Thuo

WIOCC - Chris Wood

Liquid Telecom - Nic Rudnick

Changing Lives Award Orange - Mobile Agricultural Info (Labaroun Kassouwa)

Open Idea - Medigraf: Remote Medical Diagnostics

Orange - EDUCI

MTN Swaziland - MTN Schools' Connectivity Project

YooMee Africa AG - Broadband internet access for students and faculty, University of Douala, Cameroon

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