AfricaCom Awards: Gateway gets two nominations

Gateway Communications, a supplier of African telecommunications services, has been nominated in both the ‘Best Backhaul Solution for Africa’ and ‘Customer Service Excellence Award’ categories at this year’s AfricaCom Awards.

Mike van den Bergh, Gateway Communications CEO

The AfricaCom Awards recognises industry leaders and innovators in Africa’s telecommunications sector. Gateway Communications entered its innovative satellite utilisation solution, CellDirect, into the ‘Best Backhaul Solution for Africa’ category.

This category recognises fibre, satellite or wireless solutions providers that that have significantly improved backhaul capacity.

CellDirect uses Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) technology, which makes use of a sophisticated bandwidth manager to allocate satellite capacity – based on time, frequency and type of capacity available – in order to meet traffic demand.  This increases satellite efficiency for mobile network operators (MNOs) and assists with reducing costs.

The Customer Service Excellence Award focuses on operators or service providers that have maintained an excellent level of customer service, or greatly improved their service since November 2010.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on the 9 November 2011 at the Waterfront Lookout in Granger Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.  For more information about the AfricaCom Awards visit:

2011 Africa Com Awards Shortlist nominees:

Best Network Improvement:

Alepo – Control plane and business management solutions

Dark Fibre Africa – Telecommunication Infrastructure Provider

France Orange Telecom – Village Phone

France Orange Telecom – QOS Ivory Coast (Reconstruction)

Helios Towers Africa – Pioneering sale/leaseback model for telecoms infrastructure across Africa

MTN South Africa – Long Term Evolution (pilot)

ZTE – ZXR10 T8000, ZXR10 M6000

Best New Service:

Comviva and Tigo Tanzania – Tigo PEsa Tigo Tanzania

Emerging Markets Communications – HD Connect

Etisalat – Apps Store

ForgetMeNot Africa – eTXT Facebook from Econet Wireless Zimbabwe

France Telecom – Surf and Pay

Intersec – Loyalty Management Suite

Spice VAS Africa – Spice Mobile Radio

Best Cost Efficiency Initiative for Africa:

France Telecom Orange – Universal Scratch Card

France Telecom Orange – Pay for ME

France Telecom Orange – MultiVAS

Helios Towers Africa – Pioneering sale/leaseback model for telecoms infrastructure across Africa – a model that saw significant development in 2010/2011

Nokia Siemens Networks – Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio Base Station

SafariCom – Buy Airtime Service M-PESA

Rural Telecoms Award:

Ericsson – Rural Netco

Flexenclosure – E-site with Community Power

Movirtu Limited – Cloud Phone

MTN Nigeria – Rural Telephony Business

MTN Uganda & Alvarion – MTN Internet’s rural cafes connected by Alvarion’s WiMAX network

SafariCom – Safaricom Digital Villages

Best Backhaul Solution for Africa:

Ceragon Networks – Evolution Series Ip Long Haul Product Family

Gateway Communication – Cell Direct

Huawei Technologies – Huawei for Building IP Backhaul in South Africa

Open Ideas – MAIS – Backhaul aggregation & Optimisation

ZTE – ZXCTN 9000/6000 Series

Customer Service Excellence Awards:

France Telecom Orange – Mobile Subscription tool

France Telecom Orange – Emergency Credit

Gateway Communications – Customer Service

Huawei Technologies – Huawei for Managed Service in Ghana

MTN South Africa – Directory Enquiries

Best Marketing Campaign:

France Telecom Orange – Orange Money Madagascar street campaign

France Telecom Orange – Orange Expo Maurititus

Mobitainment Pty Ltd – Mobile Marketing

MTN South Africa – MTN Zone

Zamtel – Brand Launch

Satellite Service Provider of the Year:

France Telecom – Satellite offer point-multipoint TDM / TDMA with space shared resource


Best ICT Solution Provider for Enterprise markets in Africa:

France Telecom Orange – Video 2 Protect

France Telecom Orange – Low Cost Audio Conferencing

France Telecom Orange – Low Cost Managed Hotspots

France Telecom Orange – My Office

SafariCom – ‘Tele Justice’ using Telepresence Technology

SkyVision – Corporate Services / VPN

Best Pan Africa Initiative:

AfriNIC – Training and Outreach Programs

Etisalat – Apps Store

France Telecom Orange – Orange Money

Helios Towers Africa – Pioneering sale/leaseback model for telecoms infrastructure across Africa – a model that saw significant development in 2010/2011

MTN Group – MTN Football

Seacom and Main One

Changing Lives Award:

Ericcson – Refugee United

France Orange Telecom – Orange Money

France Orange Telecom – Village Phone

MTN South Africa – School Connectivity Project

Open Idea (MAS) – MAIS

SafariCom – M-PESA Pay Bill Service used for a Nation wide fundraising Initiative

Staff Writer