Now in their 17th year, The SatCom Star Awards celebrate the continued growth and success of satellite and telecommunications in Africa. They honour the top satellite and telecommunications projects and influencers throughout Africa. Winning a SatCom Star Award is seen as a recognisable standard of industry excellence and innovation.
The winners were announced at a ceremony in Johannesburg on Tuesday night with Liquid Telecom beating off strong competition from Isat Networks and the African Development Bank, which were also shortlisted.
Liquid’s success is due to the outstanding service it provides to customers, the wide reach of its satellite network across the continent, the fast speeds and low latency of its network along with affordable pricing based on the company’s belief that broadband connectivity is an entitlement for everybody.
Nic Rudnick, CEO of Liquid Telecom, said “What a fantastic achievement for our satellite team who work tirelessly to provide our customers with the best satellite service in Africa. I congratulate them all on becoming a SatCom Star.”
Liquid Telecom’s satellite customers include out of town offices such as bank branches, national parks and game lodges, remote mining and exploration companies, Governments, schools and NGO deployments.
As part of a multi-million dollar (US) investment in its satellite business, Liquid Telecom recently became the first operator to build a satellite hub at Teraco’s vendor-neutral earth station in South Africa. This hub enables Liquid Telecom to route African traffic in Africa rather than backhauling it via Europe as many operators need to do. By keeping African data in Africa, Liquid Telecom has considerably reduced latency and measurably increased connectivity speeds for its customers.
Yesterday’s award follows on the heels of another success for Liquid Telecom; last week The East Africa Data Centre and Liquid Telecom Kenya were honoured at the 2013 Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Innovation awards.
The carrier-neutral data centre based in Nairobi was named in the “Best Business Service Innovation” category alongside Liquid Telecom Kenya for their pioneering work in building the most connected data centre in East Africa.
Each year these prestigious global awards, organised by the much-respected Global Telecoms Business magazine, celebrate the joint work of vendors and operators in innovative projects that better serve the telecom industry’s end customers.