2014 Global Carrier Awards crowns year of wholesale innovation

04 November 2014 |

Capacity Europe day 2 – New service areas and technologies stole the show at the Global Carrier Awards 2014 ceremony, crowning a year of innovation in the wholesale market.

Over 30 awards were collected by some of the industry’s leading names in front of an audience of 350 during the black tie event.

From cloud through to LTE and SDN, awards were given for a wide range of innovations, highlighting a hugely successful 12 months for the wholesale telecoms market.

Deutsche Telekom BDI emerged as winner of Best technology innovation for its LiveStream platform, which has enabled the multi-source transport of high-definition video content over the public internet.

Picking up Best product innovation was Verizon Global Wholesale with its Verizon Optical Networking Ethernet Aggregation port project, which has successfully met the demands of its carrier Ethernet customers.

Meanwhile, Ascom collected the prize for Best service innovation for its B2BSimpleX platform, and Hutchison Global Communications won the Best cloud innovation award for its ibizCloud platform.

The ever-popular and longstanding Best wholesale carrier category saw two carriers emerge triumphant in the Best global wholesale carrier categories.

Orange collected the prize for Best global wholesale carrier – voice, for launching a number of new innovative voice services in the last 12 months, while NTT Communications collected the prize for Best global wholesale carrier – data, for the investment and rapid expansion of its global Tier-1 network.

Competition was extremely tough in the Project of the year award category this year and so special mention must go to Pacnet for collecting the prize with its SDN-based Network-as-a-Service platform. As a first mover in the SDN space, the judges were particularly impressed by the speed and execution of the project.

Special mention must also go to Marc Halbfinger, CEO at PCCW Global, and Brian Fitzpatrick, CEO at Vodafone Carrier Services, for collecting the Executive of the year award for industry contribution and Executive of the year for leadership, respectively.

Congratulations to all the winners, the full list of which can be found below:

Global Carrier Awards 2014 winners


Best Eastern European wholesale carrier
Türk Telecom International

Best pan-European wholesale carrier

Best African wholesale carrier
Liquid Telecom

Best Middle Eastern wholesale carrier

Best Asian wholesale carrier

Best Caribbean wholesale carrier
Columbus Networks

Best Latin American wholesale carrier
Telefonica Global Solutions

Best North American wholesale carrier
NTT Communications

Best Global wholesale carrier – voice

Best Global wholesale carrier – data
NTT Communications


Best data centre

Best data centre innovation

Best Content Delivery Network


Best vendor partnership
Orange/Ooredoo/Bharti Airtel

Best OTT partnership
Telecom Italia Sparkle


Best European project

Best African project
Liquid Telecom

Best Middle Eastern project
Türk Telekom International

Best Asian project
Ooredoo Group

Best North American Project

Best Latin American project
Telecom Italia Sparkle

Project of the year
Winner: Pacnet
Runner-up: Deutsche Telekom ICSS


Best marketing team
Telefonica Global Solutions

Best brand campaign
TeliaSonera International Carrier


Best technology innovation
Deutsche Telekom BDI

Best service innovation

Best product innovation
Verizon Global Wholesale

Best cloud innovation
Hutchison Global Communications 


Best customer testimony

Judges’ Award
TATA Communications

Corporate Social Responsibility

Executive of the year – industry contribution
Marc Halbfinger, CEO, PCCW Global

Executive of the year – leadership
Brian Fitzpatrick, CEO, Vodafone Carrier Services