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23 November 2011
We celebrated a year of successes and achievements in wholesale telecoms last night, as Capacity presented its 2011 Awards at Capacity Europe.
The fog in Amsterdam may have
tried to dampen the proceedings, but the brightness of the
wholesale telecoms industry shone out last night, at the 2011
There were 11 awards celebrating innovation, vision and
excellence across the global and regional wholesale industry.
The battle to win was, as always, hard fought and generated
plenty of lively debate from our judging panel, which consisted
of the senior editorial team of Capacity magazine and
a panel of telecoms analysts and industry experts.
The awards were sponsored by DE-CIX and details of the
shortlist for each category are listed below:
for its extensive network reach and the quality of service to
its European customers.
Pantel won for
its experience in customer management and a broad network from
Turkey to the UK.
for its history of service and a busy 2011 which saw the
operational launch of its multi-service hub.
Communications won for reminding us that satellite is
still the workhorse of emerging markets telecoms, connecting
millions of Africans to each other and to the world.
Pacnet won for
really showing leadership and excellent use and deployment of
asset – a great wholesale vision and service.
for its various Switched Ethernet products, which have been
well used by wholesale carriers and rated as well admired by
customers in our research.
Level 3 won for
setting the gold standard for wholesale and enterprise services
in the region, and a portfolio that goes way beyond
Communications won for a strong portfolio of wholesale
services and for reaching out over the past years to build
cables to support growth in the emerging economies.
Tandem won for cleverly setting up a worldwide
'Ethercloud’ allowing the company to partner
Tawasul won for
providing a One-Stop Shop for enterprises and international
telcos looking for connectivity in the Middle East.
ICSS won for its Wifi mobilise solution – an
innovative solution for new data offload, international roaming
and inter-standard traffic management.
As always, winners were thrilled to be recognised for their
achievements over the last year. Scott Sullivan, VP of strategy
at Etisalat, said he was absolutely delighted to win the award.
"This is the fourth year in a row we won this and it shows the
resilience and the dedication of the people that work at
Etisalat as the reason why it is such an amazing time for
Middle Eastern communications."
Someone else to frequently grace the stage at the
Capacity Awards was Mike van den Bergh, CEO of
Gateway. He said: "I think it’s a tremendous
achievement and it’s the fourth year in a row. It
shows the commitment to Africa and specialising in Africa
actually makes a difference so we are very pleased."
Brendan Ives, VP sales and marketing at TeliaSonera said,
"It’s a fantastic recognition for the hard work
that has gone in from the team. We would like to thank
Capacity for the recognition."
Everyone at Capacity was delighted to bring
recognition for these winners to the market, and would like to
thank everyone – including our sponsor, our judges and
everyone who submitted an award – for taking the time
to support the Capacity Awards 2011.