Johannesburg — MOBILE network operator, MTN, and technology powerhouse, Huawei, are leading nominations for the AfricaCom Awards.
Top honours will be revealed on November 13 in Cape Town.
The awards are a highly-respected extension of AfricaCom, the world's largest Africa-focused technology, telecommunications and media event.
AfricaCom will take place in the coastal city on November 12 - 14.
There are 12 categories, with MTN and Huawei jointly nominated in some.
MTN is nominated six times. Huawei is nominated seven times.
At individual level, MTN Group Chief Technology Officer, Charles Molapisi, is nominated for the CXO (Chief Experience Officer) of the Year accolade.
'Secret Garden' is the theme for this year's awards ceremony, marking the juxtaposition between the natural and digital worlds.
AfricaCom 2019 will bring together 15 000 attendees, 450 speakers and 500 exhibitors showcasing technologies and solutions covering everything from fifth generation networks (5G), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), finance technology and Blockchain.
The event will be held under the theme, "Accelerating Business Transformation to Strengthen African Economies."
NOMINATIONS: CONNECTING THE CONTINENT (Africa) AWARD
- Angola Cables - Cambridge Broadband Networks (CNBL) - Liquid Telecom - Orange - Parallel Wireless - PCCW Global - Upstream Systems
DELIVERING EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
- Alepo Technologies Inc. - Ericsson & MTN Group - MTN & Huawei - MTN South Africa & Huawei - Orange
BEST CLOUD OR APPLICATION SOLUTION
- Mavenir - PCCW Global - Orange - Verimatrix
CHANGING LIVES AWARD
- Erissson South Africa in partnership with Wot-If? Trust - iShamba Limited - ISOCEL Telecom - KaiOS Technologies - Liquid Telecom - Orange
BEST DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT INNOVATION
- Orange - Telecoming
SECURITY PRODUCT OR SERVICE OF THE YEAR
- Orange - Upstream Systems
BEST NETWORK MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
- Ericsson - Mavenir - MTN & Huawei - Orange - Huawei - PCCW Global
BEST CONNECTED CONSUMER DEVICE
- Huawei Technologies - Orange (Smart Wifi) - Orange (SANZA)
BEST INNOVATION FOR ENTERPRISE
- Comviva Technologies Ltd - LMT - MTN South Africa & Huawei - MTN Uganda & Huawei - SqwidNet
MOST INNOVATIVE SERVICE - THE BUSINESS OF TOMORROW
- BRCK - Cassava Smartech and Comviva Technologies Ltd - KaiOS Technologies - Safaricom & Huawei - Tramigo - World Telecom Labs and iPlans
CXO OF THE YEAR
- Anthoinet Ohene-Amoah, CEO, GetHer In Digital - Antonio Nunes, CEO, Angola Cables - Charles Molapisi, CTO, MTN Group - Gerard Lokossou, CEO, Orange DRC - Richmond Nagbe Tobii, Managing Director, LIBTELCO - Stephane Duproz, CEO, Africa Data Centres - Yonny Firedman, co-Founder and CEO, Menta Music
ENTERPRISE CXO OF THE YEAR
- Ainojie (Alex) Irune, COO, Oando Energy Resources - Busiswa Lutshaba, Director, Blu Space Communications SA - Irene Kiwia, Founder and CEO, Twaa - Kasango Dickens, CEO, Pison Public Relations - Niklas Ekdahl, CEO, Connected Video at Multichoice - Rebatho Madiba, Acting CIO, Transnet - Tijan Chorr, Founder and CEO, LagaAfrik - Warren Hero, CDO, Webber Wentzel.