Telstra, Smart, and NTT Com win big at TA Awards

Telecom Asia

Telecom Asia Awards 2015JAKARTA, May 20, 2015 – NTT Communications and Smart Communications were the top winners with three awards each at Telecom Asia’s 18th annual awards ceremony. But Telstra scooped the top award of the night when it was named the 2015 Asia Carrier of the Year.

Telstra – which was tied with Smart for the most nominations this year at seven apiece – earned the most points from the judging panel to win Asia Carrier of the Year, thanks to its strong financial performance, service innovation and visionary leadership. Telstra also picked up the Best Mobile Carrier award for the fourth year running.

Smart CEO Napoleon Nazareno won the prestigious Telecom CEO of the Year award – his second, after winning the award in 2012 – while Smart also took home awards for Most Advanced Approach to Customer Experience, and Most Innovative Partnership via its mobile money tie-up with Landbank.

Meanwhile, NTT Communications celebrated the night with its third straight win for Best Cloud-Based Service, and also received trophies for the categories of Best International Wholesale Carrier and Best Data Center Services Provider.

A total of 16 awards were presented to 11 winners at a gala dinner in Jakarta Wednesday night. The awards were held in conjunction with Telecom Asia’s 6th Telco Strategies conference.

The Best Broadband Carrier Award went to Hong Kong's PCCW-HKT, while Best Emerging Market Operator was awarded to Globe Telecom. BT Global Services took the prize for Best Managed Services Provider.

Ooredoo Myanmar became the first Myanmar operator to win a TA Award for its MayMay initiative, which was lauded as Best Community Telecom Project.

The 2015 Telecom Asia Awards saw the addition of three new categories to the line-up. TA’s very first Best Mobile Payment Service trophy went to Indosat for its Dompetku partnership with World Remit.

The first Most Advanced Approach to Analytics award went to SingTel for its VAaaS (video analytics-as-a-service) initiative. And KT’s innovative Olleh TV Mobile service – based on LTE Broadcast (a.k.a. eMBMS) technology – was named Most Innovative Video Service Project.

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