Global Carrier Awards 2018 winners revealed at gala dinner

24 October 2018 | James Pearce

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The 14th Global Carrier Awards saw around 400 members of the community celebrating industry achievements over the last year, with Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier and Neutrona Networks coming out the big winners.

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Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier, which was recently relaunched, took home awards for Best Global Wholesale Carrier (Data), Best pan-European Wholesale Carrier, and Best European Project. Neutrona picked up awards for Wholesale Innovation Disruptor of the Year, Best Data Service Innovation in an Emerging Market, Best Enterprise Partnership and Best OSS/BSS Deployment.

World record-breaking polar explorer Ben Saunders was the guest speaker at the 2018 GCAs, which took place at the Troxy Theatre in London. Saunders is one of the world’s leading polar explorers, and a record-breaking long-distance skier who has covered more than 6,000km (3,700 miles) on foot in the Polar Regions since 2001.

His accomplishments include leading The Scott Expedition, the longest human-powered polar journey in history, and the first completion of the expedition that defeated Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, a 105-day round-trip from Ross Island on the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

The night was dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of the carrier community, with a number of carriers bagging two or more gongs at the event. Orange International Carriers (Best Global Voice Carrier and Best Anti-Fraud Innovation), PCCW Global (Best Subsea Innovation and Best Voice Service Innovation – Emerging Market), Epsilon (BestSDN/NFV Deployment and Best Customer Testimony), all took home multiple gongs. So did Colt Technology Services (Best Marketing Team and Best Voice Service Innovation – Mature Market) and C&W Networks (Best Caribbean Wholesale Carrier and Best Marketing Campaign).

The Awards were handed out by Capacity Media CEO Rosalind Irving and Capacity Editor-in-Chief and head judge for the GCAs Jason McGee-Abe. Airtel presented the pan-European wholesale carrier award.

McGee-Abe thanked all of the entrants for their submissions, congratulating the winners and the industry on all of their achievements this year. He said: “Congratulations to all the esteemed nominees and to the very worthy winners of our 14th Global Carrier Awards. We’ve seen a number of key innovations and developments in the wholesale market this year so it was great to take the time to celebrate the exciting companies, projects and partnerships in today’s dynamic wholesale carrier industry. A special thank you also to our sponsors for their continued support."

Liquid Telecom was named Best African Carrier, with Global Cloud Xchange picking up the regional gong for Asia, and Telefonica taking the award for the Latin America region. Etisalat was named best Middle East Wholesale Carrier, while NTT Communications won for North America and OTEGLOBE took the award for Best Eastern European and CIS Wholesale Carrier.

The award for Best Data Centre went to Iron Mountain, while Rack Centre won for Best Data Centre Innovation. Best Internet Exchange was NetIX Communications and DE-CIX took home the trophy for Best Internet Exchange Innovation.

The GCAs also recognised the industry for its projects, with Airtel Business winning for African Project. Tele2 Kazakhstan won for Asia, while NJFX won for North America. Gold Data took the project award for Latam, with Omantel winning for the Middle Eastern Project. Subsea Project of the Year went to Hawaiki Submarine Cable, while Terrestrial Project went to Newroz Telecom.

Marketing and sales both play a key role in how the industry operates. Verizon Partner Solutions were named Best Wholesale Sales Team, while GlobeNet won for Best Social Media Campaign. IXcellerate was recognised for Best Marketing Campaign around Industry Events.

Innovation is often a key topic discussed at Capacity events. In the Innovation category, The Sphere won Best Cloud Innovation, while Ciena won for Best Network Technology Innovation. Virtual1 took the award for Best Data Centre Service Innovation in a mature market, and Dialogic took home the trophy for Best Unified Communications Innovation. Best OTT Partnership went to A1 Telekom Austria and Voxbone bagged the award for Best SMS Innovation.

Finally, the Special Recognition section were given for unique achievements in the industry this year. Tofane Global bagged an award for Best Strategic Acquisition, with Best CSR Initiative going to HGC Global Communications.

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GLOBAL WHOLESALE

Best Global Wholesale Carrier - Data:

Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier

Voice

Orange International Carriers

REGIONAL WHOLESALE

Best African Wholesale Carrier:

Liquid Telecom

Best Asian Wholesale Carrier:

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX)

Best Caribbean Wholesale Carrier:

C&W Networks

Best Eastern European/CIS Wholesale Carrier:

OTEGLOBE

Best Latin American Wholesale Carrier:

Telefónica

Best Middle Eastern Wholesale Carrier:

Etisalat

Best North American Wholesale Carrier:

NTT Communications

Best Pan-European Wholesale Carrier:

Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier

BEST DATA CENTRE & INTERNET EXCHANGE

Best Data Centre:

Iron Mountain

Best Data Centre Innovation:

Rack Centre

Best Internet Exchange:

NetIX Communications

Best Internet Exchange Innovation:

DE-CIX

BEST PROJECT

Best African Project:

Airtel Business

Best Asian Project:

Tele2 Kazakhstan

Best European Project:

Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier

Best North American Project:

NJFX

Best Latin American Project:

Gold Data

Best Middle Eastern Project:

Omantel

Project of the Year - Subsea:

Hawaiki Submarine Cable

Project of the Year - Terrestrial:

Newroz Telecom

MARKETING & SALES

Best Wholesale Sales Team

Verizon Partner Solutions

Best Marketing Team:

Colt Technology Services

Best Marketing Campaign:

C&W Networks

Best Social Media Campaign:

GlobeNet

Best Marketing Campaign around Industry Events:

IXcellerate

INNOVATION

Wholesale Innovation Disruptor of the Year:

Neutrona Networks

Best Anti-Fraud Innovation:

Orange International Carriers

Best Cloud Innovation:

The Sphere

Best Data Service Innovation - Mature Market:

Virtual1

Best Data Service Innovation - Emerging Market:

Neutrona Networks

Best Network Technology Innovation:

Ciena

Best SMS Innovation:

Voxbone

Best Subsea Innovation:

PCCW Global

Best Voice Service Innovation - Mature Market:

Colt Technology Services

Best Voice Service Innovation - Emerging Market:

PCCW Global

Best Unified Communications Innovation:

Dialogic

Best OTT Partnership:

A1 Telekom Austria

Best Enterprise Partnership:

Neutrona Networks

BEST TECHNOLOGY IMPLEMENTATION/DEPLOYMENT

Best OSS/BSS deployment:

Neutrona Networks

Best SDN/NFV deployment:

Epsilon

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Best Strategic Acquisition:

Tofane Global

Best Customer Testimony:

Epsilon

Best CSR Initiative:

HGC Global Communications