Global Carrier Awards 2020 - Shortlist Announced

03 September 2020 | João Marques Lima

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Capacity is pleased to announce the shortlist for the Global Carrier Awards 2020. Having concluded an extensive judging process, our independent expert panel has confirmed its 2020 shortlist. In this unpredictable year, the brilliant line-up of entries from the global wholesale telecoms sector have made it evident how innovative, driven and passionate this industry is.

Chairman of the judges, Carl Roberts, partner at Hadaara Consulting, said: "The 2020 Global Carrier Awards submissions have been an outstanding demonstration of the dynamism, innovation and professionalism of our industry. The quality of all the entries has been top-notch and this has made the judging process extremely interesting, enjoyable and yet challenging when it came down to deciding on the shortlist. My sincere personal thanks go out to our eminent panel of judges who assumed this responsibility, dedicating a lot of their time to conscientiously and painstakingly read through, assess and compare the submissions in each category.

“I have had the privilege of being the only person able to see all the entries and I’d like to pay tribute to all the companies who made submissions this year – you should all feel very proud of your accomplishments. I know you make me proud to be part of this industry community. Special congratulations of course to all the shortlisted companies – getting to this stage is already an achievement in itself! Now it’s the long wait to see who the winners will be on October 22!"

Find out below who the more than 100 shortlisted businesses and individuals are:

2020 Shortlist

Best Data Centre

  • Equinix
  • Green Mountain Data Center
  • Iron Mountain Data Centers
  • Sparkle
  • Telecom Egypt

Best Internet Exchange & Internet Exchange Innovation

  • DE-CIX
  • GlobeNet
  • NetIX 

Best Data Centre Innovation

  • datamena
  • DartPoints
  • NJFX
  • ServerFarm Data Centres 

Best Middle East Africa Project

  • Arc
  • Sparkle

Best Asian Project

  • Airtel Business
  • Chindata Group
  • DCConnect Global Limited
  • HGC

Best European Project

  • A1 Telekom Austria Group
  • EllaLink
  • Epsilon
  • Retelit

Best Americas Project

  • BSO
  • Sparkle
  • Vox Technologies 

Project of the Year – Subsea networks

  • Avaroa Cable Ltd
  • EllaLink
  • GlobeNet
  • Telecom Egypt

Project of the Year – Terrestrial networks

  • Djoliba, the seamless Orange terrestrial network for West Africa
  • Colt IQ Network Upgrade (Colt Technology Services)
  • Retelit
  • UFINET 

Project of the Year – Satellite

  • A1 Telekom Austria Group
  • SES Networks and Amdocs
  • CMC Networks 

Best Wholesale Sales Team

  • China Unicom Global
  • Gold Data
  • OTEGlobe 
  • TalkTalk Business
  • Verizon Partner Solutions 

Best Marketing Team

  • Colt Technology Services
  • C&W Networks
  • Gold Data
  • Verizon Partner Solutions

Best Marketing Campaign

  • DigiPlex
  • Gold Data
  • NTT
  • Sparkle

Best Social Media Campaign

  • C&W Networks
  • Gold Data
  • Sparkle
  • WIOCC

Wholesale Innovation Disruptor of the Year

  • Chindata Group
  • Colt IP Access On-Demand (Colt Technology Services)
  • Gold Data
  • PCCW Global 

Best Anti-Fraud Innovation

  • Amdocs
  • C3ntro Telecom
  • LANCK Telecom
  • Telefónica

Best Cloud Innovation

  • Amdocs
  • Colt Cloud Solutions (Colt Technology Services)
  • China Unicom Global
  • Telstra

Best Data Service Innovation

  • DCConnect Global Limited
  • Gold Data
  • Orange IP Transit Online
  • Windstream Wholesale

Best Network Technology Innovation

  • Ciena's WaveLogic 5 Extreme
  • PCCW Global
  • Sparkle
  • Windstream Wholesale

Best Subsea Innovation

  • Angola Cables
  • GlobeNet
  • EllaLink GeoLab
  • PCCW Global 

Best Voice & IPX Services Innovation

  • Orca Wave's AutoLoading
  • PLDT Global Corporation
  • Telesmart Ltd
  • XConnect
  • SONOC

Best Blockchain Innovation

  • Aloaha Limited / CodeB
  • MEF Blockchain Credit Scorecard (DCConnect Global Limited)
  • PCCW Global

Best OTT Partnership

  • A1 Telekom Austria Group
  • Brodynt Global Services
  • HGC Global Communications 
  • Retelit

Best IoT Initiative

  • Amdocs' eSIM Cloud
  • Aptilo IoT Connectivity Control Service™
  • Tata Communications
  • TOMIA’s IoT Roaming Monetization platform

Best OSS/BSS Deployment

  • DCConnect Global Limited
  • Nexera
  • Sparkle
  • STL 

Best SDN/NFV Deployment

  • Amdocs' NFV SD-WAN Package on Azure, powered by ONAP at SES Networks
  • HGC International Marketplace by SDN 

Best 5G Deployment

  • Ooredoo Kuwait 
  • Ooredoo Qatar
  • Türk Telekom International 
  • Sparkle 

Best Environmental, Social, Governmental (ESG) Initiative – formerly CSR Initiative

  • Chindata Group
  • DigiPlex
  • Iron Mountain Data Centers
  • PCCW Global
  • IDCamp – Indosat Ooredoo 

Best Strategic Acquisition

  • BDx
  • HGC Global Communications Limited
  • iBasis
  • UFINET

Best Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) Initiative 

  • This is a Special Jury Award so there is no shortlist to be communicated. The winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony.

Best Covid-19 Initiative

  • Amdocs
  • Colt Technology Services
  • Ooredoo Maldives
  • Telecom Egypt - WE

Best Middle East Africa Wholesale Carrier

  • Angola Cables
  • Etisalat Group
  • Liquid Telecom

Best Asian Wholesale Carrier

  • China Mobile International
  • China Unicom Global
  • NTT
  • Telin 

Best Latin American & Caribbean Wholesale Carrier

  • C3NTRO Telecom
  • Gold Data
  • Seaborn Networks 
  • Sparkle

Best Eastern European / CIS Wholesale Carrier

  • OTEGlobe
  • Türk Telekom International 

Best North American Wholesale Carrier

  • C3NTRO Telecom
  • NTT
  • Verizon Partner Solutions 

Best Pan-European Wholesale Carrier

  • A1 Telekom Austria Group Wholesale
  • CenturyLink
  • Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier
  • Dexatel

Best Global Wholesale Carrier – DATA

  • Colt Technology Services
  • Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier
  • Orange International Carriers
  • PCCW Global

Best Global Wholesale Carrier – VOICE

  • Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier
  • iBasis
  • Orange International Carriers
  • TNZI

Each year, the industry eagerly anticipates this celebration of excellence. In 2020, we will be transforming our prestigious awards into an entirely free to attend virtual ceremony that is open to all.

The Global Carrier Awards 2020 will reveal its winners on 22 October during a show streamed directly to homes, offices or wherever we might find ourselves. The show will be hosted by Euromoney’s Ros Irving (divisional CEO, Telecoms) and João Marques Lima (editor-in-chief, Capacity and Data Economy). There will also be special participation throughout the stream, including from this year’s judge chairman, Carl Roberts.

If you wish to attend the virtual ceremony, please register here for a complimentary virtual pass.

If you're a shortlisted company, and you would like to find out more about attending or look at branding opportunities, please contact the team here.

Lima said: “For 15 years, the Global Carrier Awards has been revered as the highest recognition across the entire wholesale telecoms community. From celebrating achievements to showcasing the evolution of the industry through its responsive categories, the Global Carrier Awards will once again raise the bar.

“We invite everyone to join us on 22 October for this year's virtual ceremony broadcast, where we promise to deliver a fully interactive virtual experience, with maybe even a few surprises! In a year that has experienced so much disruption, we will continue to keep the world connected.”