For some service providers, winning at the Telecom Asia Awards becomes a habit. Four of last year's winners have had to make more space on the trophy shelf for this year's tenth anniversary honors: SK Telecom, once again voted Best Carrier, as well as tops in mobile, BT Asia-Pacific, Best Managed Serviced Provider, and PCCW, which seems to have a lock on the broadband prize.
The 2006 Best Indian carrier, Bharti Airtel, was pipped by BSNL this year, but instead was voted best in the emerging markets.
But 2007 also produced a crop of worthy first-timers, not least Allen Lew, who has been driving SingTel's re-energized Singapore home market business.
Our two new categories, Best Wholesale and Best Telco Transformation, were likewise won by newcomers Asia Netcom and Telstra respectively.
Maxis Communications claimed honors as Best Competitive Carrier and AsiaSat, a winner two years ago, triumphed against the big boys in satellite.
And Web 2.0 was - almost inevitably - voted as best new tech (last year's winner was HSDPA).
As in previous years, the awards were chosen by an independent panel of judges, with the backing of financial research by IDC's Asia-Pacific telecom team.
Robert Clark has been convenor of the Telecom Asia Awards since 2001.
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