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Kiwi company shortlisted for global broadband pioneer award

16 Oct 17

The finalists of the World Communication Awards have been announced, and included in the lineup is New Zealand’s very own Spark.

Spark has been nominated in the Broadband Pioneer category which aims to recognise companies that are changing the way broadband is delivered around the world.

Spark’s chief operating officer, Mark Beder says it’s especially great to be nominated in this category as it recognises the role we have played in changing the game for Kiwis.

“Wireless broadband redefines what we think of as ‘broadband’: a wireless solution with no complex installation process - all that’s needed is a good 4G mobile signal and a plug and play modem."

“Many Kiwis have signed up for the simple, easy experience that wireless broadband offers. There are nearly 100,000 customers on the service in less than 2 years, which demonstrates Kiwis’ appetite for a wireless alternative.”

“Wireless broadband customers respond as significantly more satisfied with the reliability, speed and overall performance of their broadband service than customers with copper broadband.”

Other award finalists include Vodafone Carrier Services, Huawei and VMware.

Here’s the full list of award finalists:

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

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

The winners of the World Communication Awards will be announced on 28 November in London.

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