Orange named Best Global Operator
What a great night last night turned out to be. More than 500 of the telecom industries elite gathered at the Hilton on Park Lane, London to see this years winners of the World Communication Awards unveiled.
Guest speakers included Pen Hadow, the arctic environmentalist and explorer, and Krishnan Guru Murthy proved to be an excellent MC and demonstrated why he has appeared as a guest on comedy quiz shows including 'Have I got news for you' (quote of the night, KGM "I love an awards ceremony where I can call Bill Gates and Steve Jobs losers")
After all the glitz, Orange and Bharti Airtel came out as the big winners with two trophies each.
The full list was as follows:
Best Brand: Bharti Airtel Ltd.
Best Content Service: MINICK Group
Best Customer Care: BT Group
Best Managed Service: NTT Communications
Best Mobile Operator : Bharti Airtel Ltd.
Best New Service : SpinVox
Best Operator in a Developing Market: Afsat Communications
Best Project Management: Orange Business Services
Best Technology Foresight : ip.access
The Convergence Award: BT 21CN
Best Changemaker: Vishvas Sethi - Botswana Telecommunications Corporation
Best Wholesale Carrier: TeliaSonera International Carrier
Best Global Operator : Orange Business Services
Most influential person: Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner, EU
Once again the WCA proved to be a night to really unite the big hitters with a range of senior telco execs including Osamu Inoue of NTT, Barbara Dalibard of Orange, Malin Frenning of TeliaSonera, Ofer Gneezy of iBasis, and Daniel Kurgan of Belgacom to name just five of those present.
2008 is the 10th year of the WCA, so watch this space to keep up with the plans...