CC Global Awards 2018

About


CC-Global AWARDS event is the official recognition of innovative achievements among the telecom wholesale operators regionally and globally. The awards independently judged by a panel of telecoms analysts and industry experts, where all submissions are being reviewed and assessed by the jury.

The CC-Global AWARDS will be presented at the Central and Eastern Europe “CEE” 2018 GCCM on 18th June 2018.

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Jury


Erik Van Stokkom

CEO
VS Consulting
Biography
Based in Switzerland, VSC provides strategic advisory services in M&A, Business Development & Media for the telecommunication industry. Over the last 20 years, Erik developed extensive expertise and deep domain knowledge working at major telecom companies. His international career includes senior & executive level positions. Over the years, Erik has been a regular speaker & moderator at major international telecom conferences.

Isabelle Paradis

President and Founder
HOT TELECOM
Biography
Isabelle is President and Founder of HOT TELECOM, one of the most innovative and creative telecom research and consulting companies in the industry. HOT TELECOM has been supporting operators, regulators and investors on a global basis for over 14 years, more particularly on the subjects of International and wholesale. More recently, Isabelle has been working with many of the world's global wholesalers and service providers to help them define their transformation strategy. She has published a number of articles and reports on the subject and has spoken at numerous conferences to share her views on the future of the wholesale business. Isabelle holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering, an MBA in Finance and has over 20 years working globally.

Andreas Hipp

CEO
Cataleya
Biography
Andreas was the Founder and Group CEO of Epsilon Global Communications, which includes Epsilon service provider and Cataleya technology businesses. He is now continuing to supporting the industry’s evolution through his start-up and investment facilitator (Incipio) and his position on the board of Cirrus Core Networks. During his 18 years in the global telecoms community he has contributed to the evolution of the international markets and technologies, creating innovative businesses, and disruptive business models.

Ilija Reymond

Founder and Managing Partner
mgi management group AG. Switzerland
Biography
Mr. Raymond has over 20 years of experience in the international telecommunications industry. From 1997 to 2001, he has managed sales and marketing groups for several affiliates of Redcube. Prior to founding mgi, he held the position as a Director Marketing & Sales with Carrier1 International Carrier Services. Mr. Reymond studied Political Science at the University of Zurich. He is a citizen of Switzerland.

José A. García

Managing Director - Owner
GTC
Biography
Mr. José García is an expert in in wholesale voice and SMS messaging with over 18 years’ experience in the telecom industry. As former VP of Sales & Carrier Relations at tyntec, one of the largest A2P SMS service providers globally, José gained a deep industry expertise developing profitable SMS business across the globe. During his 10 years at Verizon he headed up a European team responsible for international voice services. Previously, he managed the operator department of mobile payments business in Central and Southern Europe for Netsize, a Gemalto company focussed on. José holds a Spanish citizenship, is based in Munich and studied Business Administration in Frankfurt.

David James

Practice leader, Wholesale Telecoms
Ovum
Biography
David James has over 25 years’ experience in the telecoms and IT industry. He leads Ovum’s team of analysts specializing in the wholesale telecoms market. He and his team research, analyze, report, forecast and advise clients on developments and strategies in the wholesale market across the globe. David is also interested in the effective application of telecommunications to improve customer service and business efficiency. David has been a member of Ovum’s wholesale research team since 2003 and has led the team since 2005. In this time, he has led research into the strategies of leading players in the wholesale market, devised forecast models for a variety of wholesale services, and undertaken studies on a variety of aspects of wholesale telecoms. These include wholesale customer segmentation and service portfolios, wholesale customer interaction strategies, and the implications of the rapid migration to all-IP network architectures. David has spoken at and chaired seminars, briefings, and conferences on a range of wholesale telecoms subjects around the world. Prior to joining the wholesale research team, David worked in Ovum’s Consultancy group on a variety of bespoke client projects. Before joining Ovum in 1999, David worked for Logica, Kingston-SCL, and Aspect Telecommunications. David has a Computing Science degree from Imperial College London and an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate Business School.

Christophe Justens

Founder
Naxto LLC
Biography
Christophe has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is recognized as an innovator with deep domain knowledge. As founder of Naxto LLC, he now advises companies in the telecommunications, mobile and payments industries on strategy, products and business development with a specific focus on telco and payment operators. Prior to his current role, Christophe was SVP for IDT, a leading global carrier, and worked and lived for them in Europe, the Middle East and the US. While at IDT, Christophe managed a functional carrier services P&L and was the driving force behind the strategy and innovation for Carrier Services into a platform for value transfer (airtime) and white label portfolio. At Belgacom, Christophe managed the strategic planning cycle, market screening, business planning and partnership strategy to drive new product development and make Belgacom the leader in Mobile Carrier Services. In his early career, Christophe was product manager and project manager for the seed business plan of one of Europe’s first broadband internet over cable deployments.

Wangeci Kanjama

Head of Wholesale
Safaricom
Biography
Ms. Wangeci Kanjama serves as the Head of Wholesale at Safaricom where she is in charge of the international voice business, Roaming Services, IP & capacity & wholesale infrastructure services. She has a wealth of experience in the telecommunication industry spanning over 15 years with great passion for regional connectivity.

Florence Sébastien

CEO
FSE CONSULTING
Biography
Based in Paris, France, Florence is an experienced New Business Development Professional and Relationship Broker with deep expertise in the telecommunication industry. After a Master in International Trade (Paris II), she joined Telecom Italia during 10 years. She founded FSE Consulting 8 years ago to help companies to build market positions by locating, developing, defining, negotiating, and closing impactful business relationships. Identify and interpret market trends, as well as track individual contributors and their accomplishments to seek business deals. Contact potential partners, discover and explore opportunities to help companies to close new business. Develop negotiating strategies and positions by studying integration of new venture with company strategies and operations, examining risks and opportunities, and estimating partners' needs and goals.

Miguel Lopes

VP Product Line Management
Dialogic
Biography
I have always been the adventurous type, quick to decide when there is a project with the right people, often measuring the success level based on how much I fell in love with it, probably not the best metric but the one I believe in. My favorite ingredients have always been people, technology, purpose or significance and the possibility of success. Any project containing these ingredients will always captivate my attention. We keep saying that the best part of the journey is the path itself and not the end, and for me that is exactly true. What truly excites me is the beginning and setting the course that will define the project, seeing it grow and adapting the plan to face all the “growing pains” that any venture eventually faces. There are several pearls of wisdom that I have carried with me over the years, but the one that has the most meaning to me is “Do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life”. If I look back in my career, all the positions I have had and projects I got involved with were always “fun” to me. Even the ones that initially looked like any other corporate job, once I started them I always felt the urge to break the status quo and bring in something new and exciting. I believe the world would not evolve as it is if everyone played safe and kept all the pieces in the same place. The dreamers and disrupters that dared to move them and made mistakes might not have had the outcome they expected, but they surely made an impact. All it takes is to be willing to stand by one’s decisions (or mistakes) and take a step forward. I admire those unsettled individuals and follow the same philosophy.

Ashot Shahbazian

Entrepereneur, co-founder of telecoms and automotive ventures
Animatele Inc.
Biography
Entrepereneur, co-founder of telecoms and automotive ventures Animatele Inc. is a provider of SS7 connectivity Services tailored to MVNO/MVNE-s, SMS Hubs and Aggregators. Operator neutrality, global reach and free P2P SMS service to MVNO-s make the ANIMA SS7 exchange indispensable. Specialties: SS7 backhaul, MVNO, SMS, USSD, SS7, SCCP, GSM MAP, TCAP, SIGTRAN

Awards Winners


Global Operator of the year

Orange International Carriers


Best IOT Opportunity

Lleida.net


Best Clouds' Innovative Operator

Enter


Best Connecting the unconnected Operator

Liquid Telecom


Customer Experience Excellence

TTI


Best Global Network

Expereo


The Funkiest Operator

Yuboto


Best SMS Platform Provider

Horisen


Best SUBSEA CABLE Operator

GBI


Regional Operator of The Year

Telin


Best Voice Service Innovation

Bankai


Unified Communication provider

PCCW Global


GCCM Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Telefonica


Awards Categories


BEST GLOBAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

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This award will recognize a successful initiative to improve access to communications globally. This is the definitive prize for operator entrants. Operator of the Year will be awarded to any wholesale organization, service provider, including MNOs, ISPs and MVNOs, which has demonstrated groundbreaking strides in the industry over the last year. Judges will consider a broad array of criteria, including but not limited to customer and revenue growth, market disrupting innovations, initiatives for the betterment of the telecommunications industry, first-to-market technology implementations, industry collaboration efforts and any initiative, which has been truly one-of-a-kind.


BEST IOT OPPORTUNITY

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IoT is positioned to become the dominant tech trend of the next ten years as businesses the world over seek to harness the potential of automating machine processes and gaining insights on data we never thought possible. This category awards advances in real-world deployments of IoT. Successful entries will illustrate how internet of things-technology is being successfully delivered and monetized, and can range from enterprise/industrial use-cases to consumer, smart-home and smart cities.


THE BEST ‘CLOUD’ INNOVATIVE OPERATOR 

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Over and above the specific benefits of NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) the cloud looms large on the telecoms horizon. Whether its software defined networking, ‘as a service’ business processes or simply the greater demand on the network generated by the need to mobile or IoT devices to constantly communicate with the cloud this is one of the defining technological tends of our time. The winner will be the submission that demonstrates the most innovative approach to the cloud in the past 12 months.


BEST ‘CONNECTING THE UNCONNECTED’ OPERATOR

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A surprising proportion of the global population still have limited access to communication technologies, which have been consistently shown to improve independence, productivity and standard of living once acquired. Judges will be looking for evidence of uptake within the groups addressed and the benefits provided as well as innovation in the use of the network, equipment, products, solutions or service provision.


CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE EXCELLENCE

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Successful customer experience programs can take on pivotal importance as competitive an industry as telecoms. Customer expectations are higher than ever and churn remains an expensive challenge. This award will go to the product, initiative or company that demonstrates the most effective customer experience solution and can illustrate the business benefits that came from it.


BEST GLOBAL NETWORK 

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This award recognizes excellence in the field of residential, wholesale or enterprise fixed and wireless networks (i.e. broadband – such as FTTH or G.fast). A successful entry will demonstrate how network innovations are delivering new levels of service quality for customers; generating new revenue streams or business models; or disrupting competitive markets. Ideal entrants would be from ISPs, cable operators, fiber providers, MNO or network solutions vendors.


BEST SMS PLATFORM PROVIDER

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This award will distinguish a service provider for the launch of an innovative SMS software platform solution. Prize will be awarded to any Mobile Operator, SMS Aggregator or Telco software solution provider which managed to launch a software solution addressing the complex needs of SMS market entrants. Jury will evaluate the measurable benefit for customers including completeness of E2E business process, security, modular flexibility and level of business neutrality. Chosen Provider will embody a high level of technology and market expertise reflected in an intuitive state of the art solution which effectively enables new market entrants to launch secure SMS business.


BEST SUBSEA CABLE OPERATOR

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The subsea cable sector has seen a remarkable resurgence of strategic activity and capital infusion over the last couple of years, with significant new strategic participants and pronounced new organic demand from converging industry bandwidth consumers and web-centric. We recognize the most innovative subsea project and most successful initiative from an operator that has significantly improved the performance or coverage of a network in a region.


BEST VOICE SERVICE INNOVATION

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Ever decreasing margins in voice are the catalyst for the innovation in the services used to deliver them. These services must bring to the forefront an integrated approach to optimizing carrier costs and routes, while increasing quality of service, volumes, margins, and operational efficiency. This award will recognize a service provider that provides the most powerful, flexible, and innovative cloud based carrier-grade wholesale management service. The Jury will evaluate benefits for carriers in criteria including improving efficiency, increasing margins & volumes, and modular flexibility – routing, billing, service assurance, business & technical analytics, and dispute management.


UNIFIED COMMUNICATION ONLINE

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CC CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD

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TELECOMMUNICATION WOMAN OF THE YEAR

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A leader who is passionate about the wholesale industry and is a representative to the broader business community. A woman who has made significant contributions to her organization’s success and the industry through her impressive knowledge and accomplishments or her expertise in bringing new products or businesses to fruition. Or, an admired mentor with a history of supporting other women and being actively engaged in developing people at all levels within her organization.  Someone who holds an executive-level position within the industry.


THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL & INFLUENTIAL WHOLESALE EXECUTIVE

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To recognize an executive who has come up with a strategy, idea or procedure in the industry that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way. A leader who went beyond and possibly changed the ‘game’ in an inspirational way.


THE FUNKIEST OPERATOR IN THE COMMUNITY

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As operators seek to differentiate themselves by increasingly varied means; this category recognizes operators who have innovatively & creatively introduced their company, strategy and/or new services etc. in an exiting way over the last year.


BEST DATA CENTER SERVICE PROVIDER

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This award will go to the Data Center Service Provider with a unique product, initiative that demonstrates the most effective and/or new (refreshing) service or solution and can illustrate the business benefits that came from it.


BEST IPX SERVICE PROVIDER

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This award recognizes excellence in the field of the IPX Services provisioning and successful implementation. Being the Best-of-the-Best!


BEST VOLTE SERVICE PROVIDER

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This award recognizes the best VOLTE Service Provider, which will aid development of the core to support LTE networks & services that will be deployed over them. Companies should be able to demonstrate/showcase user case study where the solution has been used and share details of why & how it’s been successful.


BEST WAN SOLUTION PROVIDER

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This award is open to companies capable of demonstrating successful use cases of WAN and be able to share the details of facilitating this deployment in the past 12 months. Companies should have devised a best – practice use case of the solution to make it successful.


BEST INNOVATIVE APPLICATION PROVIDER

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This award is open to companies capable of demonstrating successful use cases of innovating technology/ application and be able to share the details of facilitating this deployment in the past 12 months. Companies should have devised an innovative use case of the solution to make it successful.


BEST INNOVATIVE SOFTWARE PROVIDER

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This award is open to companies capable of demonstrating successful use cases of innovative software and be able to share the details of facilitating this deployment in the past 12 months. Companies should have devised an innovative use case of the solution to make it successful.


BEST SECURITY SOLUTION PROVIDER

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Security frailties have repeatedly made headlines over the past 12 months, as such this category will award excellence cyber threats mitigation for to telecoms operators. Entries will demonstrate excellence in fields such as SS7 security, protection against fraudulent activity, DDoS mitigation, data protection, cloud security and everything in between. Judges will be looking to understand the threats prevented, the impact to business and the technologies utilized to defend networks.


BEST OTT PROJECT OF THE YEAR

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This award will go to the most unique, innovative, changing and/or refreshing OTT Project of the last 12 month’s.


BEST SDN/NFN OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

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This award recognizes the best SDN/NFN (Service) Provider, which will aid development of the core to support SDN/NFN networks & services as a whole. Companies should be able to demonstrate/showcase user case study where the solution has been used and share details of why & how it’s been successful.


BEST INTERNET EXCHANGE OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

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This category recognizes the IX-operators who have innovatively & creatively introduced their company, strategy and/or new services etc. Differentiation is the key word for the Judges.


Middle East REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

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This award will recognize a successful initiative to improve access to communications in the region. This is the definitive prize for operator entrants. Operator of the Year will be awarded to any wholesale organization, service provider, including MNOs, ISPs and MVNOs, which has demonstrated groundbreaking strides in the industry over the last year. Judges will consider a broad array of criteria, including but not limited to customer and revenue growth, market disrupting innovations, initiatives for the betterment of the telecommunications industry, first-to-market technology implementations, industry collaboration efforts and any initiative, which has been truly one-of-a-kind.


Asia REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

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This award will recognize a successful initiative to improve access to communications in the region. This is the definitive prize for operator entrants. Operator of the Year will be awarded to any wholesale organization, service provider, including MNOs, ISPs and MVNOs, which has demonstrated groundbreaking strides in the industry over the last year. Judges will consider a broad array of criteria, including but not limited to customer and revenue growth, market disrupting innovations, initiatives for the betterment of the telecommunications industry, first-to-market technology implementations, industry collaboration efforts and any initiative, which has been truly one-of-a-kind.


Central Eastern European REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

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This award will recognize a successful initiative to improve access to communications in the region. This is the definitive prize for operator entrants. Operator of the Year will be awarded to any wholesale organization, service provider, including MNOs, ISPs and MVNOs, which has demonstrated groundbreaking strides in the industry over the last year. Judges will consider a broad array of criteria, including but not limited to customer and revenue growth, market disrupting innovations, initiatives for the betterment of the telecommunications industry, first-to-market technology implementations, industry collaboration efforts and any initiative, which has been truly one-of-a-kind.


Africa REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

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This award will recognize a successful initiative to improve access to communications in the region. This is the definitive prize for operator entrants. Operator of the Year will be awarded to any wholesale organization, service provider, including MNOs, ISPs and MVNOs, which has demonstrated groundbreaking strides in the industry over the last year. Judges will consider a broad array of criteria, including but not limited to customer and revenue growth, market disrupting innovations, initiatives for the betterment of the telecommunications industry, first-to-market technology implementations, industry collaboration efforts and any initiative, which has been truly one-of-a-kind.


LATAM REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

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This award will recognize a successful initiative to improve access to communications in the region. This is the definitive prize for operator entrants. Operator of the Year will be awarded to any wholesale organization, service provider, including MNOs, ISPs and MVNOs, which has demonstrated groundbreaking strides in the industry over the last year. Judges will consider a broad array of criteria, including but not limited to customer and revenue growth, market disrupting innovations, initiatives for the betterment of the telecommunications industry, first-to-market technology implementations, industry collaboration efforts and any initiative, which has been truly one-of-a-kind.


North America REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

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This award will recognize a successful initiative to improve access to communications in the region. This is the definitive prize for operator entrants. Operator of the Year will be awarded to any wholesale organization, service provider, including MNOs, ISPs and MVNOs, which has demonstrated groundbreaking strides in the industry over the last year. Judges will consider a broad array of criteria, including but not limited to customer and revenue growth, market disrupting innovations, initiatives for the betterment of the telecommunications industry, first-to-market technology implementations, industry collaboration efforts and any initiative, which has been truly one-of-a-kind.


Agenda

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Monday, June 18
16:00 - 16:45 Shuttle Bus to the Awards Venue
16:45 - 18:00 Awards Networking Drink Reception with Canapés
18:00 - 18:10 CEO Welcome Speech
18:10 - 19:10 Awards Ceremony with live show
19:10 - 19:20 Awards official closure

Terms and Conditions


  1. The entry form must be completed online at the Carrier Community Award Portal. Only fully completed online submission must be sent by 27th April 2018 and be accompanied by a jpeg logo, high-resolution print format logo (preferably eps) and the supportive material.
  2. All entrant companies have the opportunity to purchase seats at the CC-Global Awards during the CEE 2018 GCCM in Berlin. For further information on table costs please contact: [email protected]
  3. Supporting evidence or documents must be included within the entry form (such as pictures, graphs). Please ensure any supporting evidence is relevant.
  4. It is essential that we can contact you easily with questions regarding your entry, or judging inquiries and requests for further information. Therefore, please provide us with an awards liaison representative who can take these inquiries. You must provide their full contact details on the entry form.
  5. Up to 5 companies will be shortlisted in each category and the shortlists will be published by the end of May 2018. The winners will be announced during the  CC-Global Awards event at CEE 2018 GCCM in Berlin.
  6. Shortlisted companies profile and logo will be included in all event relevant publications and mail shots and must purchase a minimum of 2 seats at EUR 250 + VAT per seat to represent them at the Awards Ceremony to potentially collect their Award. Entrants unable to commit to attendance at the Awards Ceremony will not be included in the Final Shortlist.
  7. The Winners will be announced during the CC-Global Awards event. Winners will receive:
    a) Global recognition of achievements among the telecom wholesale operators
    b) Winner’s Trophy
    c) Certificate presented at the event
    d) Picture taken at the ceremony
    e) Full detailed publication on the GCCM event portal, magazine, mailshots.

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