Telecom Asia names shortlist for 15th awards

Telecom Asia names shortlist for 15th awards

Telecom Asia

Hong Kong, March 16, 2012 – SingTel, PLDT/Smart, SK Telecom and Softbank Mobile dominated the list of finalists in this year’s Telecom Asia Awards, Telecom Asia announced today.

The magazine unveiled its shortlist of nominees in 11 categories, from mobile to managed services to the new category of best cloud based service, ahead of the presentation of the 15th Telecom Asia Awards on April 18 at a ceremony in Bangkok.

SingTel collected a record seven nominations while PLDT/Smart was shortlisted four times, SK Telecom three times, and Softbank Mobile and KT twice each in Asia’s most prestigious telecom industry honors.

SingTel received nominations for Best Asian Telecom Carrier, Best Mobile Carrier, Best Broadband Carrier, Best Regional Mobile Group, Best Managed Services Provider, Best Cloud-based Service as well as Most Innovative Telecom Project for its Innov8 program. SK Telecom and Softbank Mobile were also nominated in the Best Asian Telecom Carrier and Best Mobile Carrier categories.

Smart Communications is a finalist in Best Mobile Carrier, Best Emerging Market Carrier and in the Best Community Telecom Project category for SHINE (Secured Health Information Network and Exchange), and president and CEO Napoleon Nazareno was nominated in the Best Telecom CEO category.

SK Telecom’s Health Connect also made it to the shortlist for Best Community Telecom Project.

The Best Asian Telecom Carrier Award is a battle between KT, SingTel, SK Telecom and Softbank Mobile.
Per Dahlberg, the chairman of the judging panel, said the panel continues to put emphasis on innovation and financial performance.

“The telecom industry is facing many challenges – economical as well as structural. The whole ecosystem is changing, as are the models of how people communicate. Cloud computing, which commoditizes computing power, continues to gather momentum and now seems an irreversible trend. In the “cloud era”, telecom carriers need to adapt and define their value and their role, often in new partnerships. The industry needs to be innovative – it must understand the emerging use new models and ensure to add value to consumers,” he said.

The awards are based on nominations and votes from a judging panel made up of financial and industry analysts, editors and industry professionals.

Last year’s awards, Softbank Mobile claimed the Best Asian Telecom Carrier trophy, CSL won Best Mobile Carrier while XL Axiata’s CEO Hasnul Suhaimi was named the Best CEO.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok on April 18.

For more information, contact group editor Joseph Waring --