CC - Global Awards 2020 - 25th August

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Carrier Community, an exclusive global industry- media, branding and networking platform for wholesale telecom service providers and eco system partners successfully hosted its 4th annual CC-GLOBAL AWARDS Ceremony. More than 100 guests attended the exclusive hybrid event physically at Ritz-Carlton Hotel and virtually via the CC-Webinar.live platform with 23 winning companies celebrating their achievements.

The CC awards recognized innovations and achievements among telecom wholesale operators and ecosystem partners around the globe and were independently judged by a panel of 13 telecoms analysts and experts from the industry.

CC-Global Awards 2020 Winners:

BEST DATA/CAPACITY PROVIDER OF THE YEAR OMANTEL 
BEST SUBSEA CABLE CONSORTIUM PCCW GLOBAL
BEST SMS PLATFORM PROVIDER – WHOLESALE SOLUTION HORISEN
BEST REGIONAL SMS SERVICE PROVIDER LANCK TELECOM 
BEST GLOBAL SMS SERVICE PROVIDER – WHOLESALE SOLUTION INFOBIP
THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL & INFLUENTIAL WHOLESALE EXECUTIVE UFINET
GCCM FINTECH AWARD VYZYO
BEST GLOBAL NETWORK PCCW GLOBAL
GCCM TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AWARD PANAMAX
CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE EXCELLENCE TATA COMMUNICATIONS 
BEST ‘CONNECTING THE UNCONNECTED’ OPERATOR UFINET
BEST IOT OPPORTUNITY 1OT 
BEST IPX SERVICE PROVIDER IBASIS
BEST WAN SOLUTION PROVIDER SINGAPORE TELECOMMUNICATIONS LIMITED 
BEST INTERNET EXCHANGE OPERATOR OF THE YEAR OMANTEL 
BEST SUBSEA CABLE OPERATOR OF THE YEAR TELIN 
Euro-Asia REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR CHINA TELECOM GLOBAL LIMITED 
BEST GLOBAL SMS PLATFORM PROVIDER – RETAIL SOLUTION HORISEN
THE FUNKIEST OPERATOR IN THE COMMUNITY IX TELECOM
BEST GLOBAL DATA CENTER SERVICE PROVIDER IRON MOUNTAIN DATA CENTERS
CIS REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR LANCK TELECOM 
LATAM REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR UFINET
Asia REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR TELIN 
Middle East REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR OMANTEL 
TELECOMMUNICATION WOMAN OF THE YEAR EXPEREO
THE BEST ‘CLOUD’ INNOVATIVE OPERATOR CHINA MOBILE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED 
BEST MOBILITY INNOVATIVE PROVIDER RAYCAP
BEST VOICE/DATA SERVICE INNOVATION BRIDGEVOICE
BEST SECURITY SOLUTION PROVIDER DEUTSCHE TELEKOM GLOBAL CARRIER 
GCCM AWARD: BEST PROJECT OF THE YEAR – SUBSEA NETWORKS ELLALINK
BEST INNOVATIVE SOFTWARE PROVIDER HORISEN
BEST INNOVATIVE VALUE ADDED SERVICE PROVIDER 1OT 
BEST INNOVATIVE ACQUISITION OF THE YEAR UFINET
BEST IoT SOLUTION PROVIDER CHINA TELECOM GLOBAL LIMITED 
BEST REGIONAL DATA CENTER OPERATOR TELIN 
GCCM FASTRACK AWARD VYZYO
BEST INNOVATIVE APPLICATION PROVIDER HORISEN
BEST GLOBAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR ORANGE

 

 

AGENDA
Tuesday, August 25
16:30 - 17:20 Awards Welcome Networking Drink Reception
17:20 - 17:30 Welcome speech by Wida Schmidt, CEO at CC
17:30 - 18:00 CC-Global Awards Ceremony – Part 1.
18:00 - 18:30 Break / Live Show
18:30 - 19:00 CC-Global Awards Ceremony – Part 2.
19:00 - 19:15 CC-Global Awards Official Closure
20:00 - 00:00 Official Welcome Networking Cocktail Reception
JURY
Isabelle Paradis – Lead Jury
President and Founder at 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.
Erik Van Stokkom
Director at VSC
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.
Ilija Reymond
Founder and Managing Partner at 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 at 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.
Wida Schmidt
CEO at Carrier Community
Biography
Wida Schmidt has spent over 18 professional years in the telecommunications industry holding various management positions within the industry. She is a graduated MBA from Bradford University. Since 2008, she is co-Founder and CEO of the Carrier Community – a global branding and networking telco club for the wholesale service providers and telco eco partners.
Florence Sébastien
CEO at 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 at Dialogic
Biography
Miguel started in 1999 as a developer and in 2002 he co-founded an MSP in West Africa. In 2007 he also co-founded what would be the first Wi-Fi ISP in Cape Verde. Five years later, Miguel accepted the invitation from Ezelink Telecom in Dubai, to revolutionize the company strategy in the Intelligent Hotspot, IoT and Smart City solutions as Director of Technology. Afterwards, since 2015, Miguel has been working in Silicon Valley and been involved in several projects to help Service Providers monetize their voice business. Currently, he is Vice President of Product Line Management for Applications at Dialogic.
Sophie Terrisse
Brand and Growth Strategy Executive at 26five
Biography
Entrepreneurial marketer with track record of branding and developing high-growth technology companies. Act as Brand, Marketing and/or Development Officer across missions. Fuel performance, pipeline, progress and people with "fire in the belly." Positioning, creative, GTM and sales strategy, business turnaround, change management, marketing communications, digital/CRM and experiential engagement. Has led growth strategy consultancy and global creative digital labs in NA, EU and APAC for +20 years. Work with startups and F100s to solve complex brand transformation, drive sales enablement, fuel culture and performance, manage M&As, integration, consolidation and turnaround challenges. Named Top 15 CEO to Watch by PR News and Top 10 Fastest Growing firm by PR Week. Regular contributor featured on CNBC, MSNBC, BNN and published in Time Magazine, USA Today, AdWeek, PR Week, Luxury Daily and industry publications on various marketing issues and trends, including innovation, M&A, recalls, digital disruption, social media and consumer behavior.
James Williams
CEO and Founder at MrConnectivity
Biography
James Williams is the Founder and CEO of MrConnectivity, a consultancy practice having Mobile Engagement as its principal focus; A2P SMS is a core competence within that. Clients include Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), content Aggregators, API companies, Messaging Hubs and technology vendors. James founded MrConnectivity four years ago, leveraging 20 years’ Telecommunications experience. A large part of the past five years has been spent guiding MNOs globally in securing their A2P SMS channels, effectively monetising all traffic and helping them develop comprehensive Mobile Engagement strategies and multi-channel product suites that can be used by their Enterprise clients (Inbound and Outbound). Technology alone is not the ‘silver bullet’ and a holistic approach is required. Companies just need to bring their brand and MrConnectivity can deal with the rest.
Reuma Halal-Shibi
Founder at Pair Recruitment
Biography
Reuma Halal-Shibi has over 12 years of experience in telecoms. She has worked for and with major telecom companies all around the world. Reuma held senior positions in both Voice and Data wholesale and she has vast knowledge in the industry's trends and solutions. Reuma holds a BA in Economics and Management. She is a former IDF Lieutenant and in parallel to her Lieutenant duties also held a commanding HR role and was a Liaison Officer for the United Nations. She is also a proud mother of two children and speaks 3 languages.
Andreas Constantinides
Messaging Consultant and CC Ambassador at Carrier Community
Biography
Andreas Constantinides is a messaging consultant with expertise in SMS & OTT messaging. He is a sales-oriented person, passionate for high value customer service performance, with significant distinctions in training, marketing and customer service. He is a qualified Professional Business Trainer of National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance and author of numerous best-seller Sales books and manuals.
Benjamin Tan
CEO at ViewQwest
Biography
Benjamin Tan is CEO, International Business at ViewQwest. He is responsible for ViewQwest’s Enterprise Sales units in Singapore and Malaysia. He is also responsible for ViewQwest’s International Business unit which manages the company’s carrier Wholesale business and inter-carrier sourcing. His experience spans over more than 26 years in the telecommunications industry with a successful track record in sales, sourcing and product management. Prior to joining ViewQwest, Benjamin spent 19-years in StarHub establishing its International Business. He was responsible for StarHub’s wholesale channel, carrier voice business, international roaming wholesale & retail product management, international network strategy & investments, global alliances and international data product management. Before StarHub, he was Regional Sales Manager for Hongkong Telecom’s country office in Singapore, spearheading their business expansion in Southeast Asia. Benjamin began his career in the telecom industry with Telecom Equipment (a SingTel subsidiary) as an Account Manager looking after key MNC accounts.
Septika N. Widyasrini
Director - Owner at Elskov Company
Biography
Over the last 20 years, Septika developed expertise, knowlegde and network through her experience working at telecommunication companies. Her international career includes postings as senior and executive level positions.  She is continuing to provide strategic advisory service and support the Regional industry development by helping startups in navigating go-to-market strategy and facilitating investors.
Laura Lei Zhang
General Manager at Greater China - K2 Data Centres
Biography
Ms. Laura Lei Zhang has over 20 years of experience in the international telecom business with a record of success in driving revenue growth from scratch throughout Europe and Asia. She is the General Manager of the Greater China Region with K2 Data Centres. She was previously Managing Director of China Mobile International (UK) Limited.
Arun Dehiri
Managing Director at Red Dawn Consulting
Biography
Arun Dehiri is Red Dawn’s founder and Managing Director. He is a pioneering management consultant with 23 years of experience in media, telecoms, finance & management. Arun has spent 17 years in leading professional service firms including PWC, TMNG & Analysys Mason, grounded with 6 years of industry roles within BSkyB and Orange. Arun originally founded a boutique consultancy in 2004, which was acquired by Analysys Mason where on the Executive Board, led its Telecoms Sector and was the Sales Director. Arun leads strategy development and delivery teams for blue-chip brands and early growth companies across the globe addressing strategic & operational requirements. Most comfortable at the white board, Arun inspires clients to realise corporate visions and personal aspirations by delivering his thought leadership in a clear, concise and considered manner. He has developed strong C-level relationships and a trusted team of high performing consultants with both sales & operational capabilities.He has an exceptional approach to identify opportunities through market insights, listening to clients needs, and rapidly translating these into a solution framework. He is regular conference speaker and an expert in convergence, pricing, proposition innovation, mobile virtual network operators (MVNO), sales optimisation, mobile applications, enterprise solutions, mobile banking, financial and organisational transformation,IT & networking and KPI optimisation. Arun has developed a rich toolkit of robust analytical and strategic programme methodologies.
AWARDS WINNERS
BEST DATA/CAPACITY PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

OMANTEL

BEST SMS PLATFORM PROVIDER - WHOLESALE SOLUTION

HORISEN

BEST SUBSEA CABLE CONSORTIUM

PCCW GLOBAL

BEST REGIONAL SMS SERVICE PROVIDER

LANCK TELECOM

BEST GLOBAL SMS SERVICE PROVIDER - WHOLESALE SOLUTION

INFOBIP

THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL & INFLUENTIAL WHOLESALE EXECUTIVE

Iñigo Garcia del Cerro,
CEO at Ufinet

GCCM FINTECH AWARD

VYZYO

BEST GLOBAL NETWORK

PCCW GLOBAL

GCCM TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION AWARD

PANAMAX

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE EXCELLENCE

TATA COMMUNICATIONS

BEST ‘CONNECTING THE UNCONNECTED’ OPERATOR

UFINET

BEST IOT OPPORTUNITY

1OT

BEST IPX SERVICE PROVIDER

IBASIS

BEST WAN SOLUTION PROVIDER

SINGAPORE TELECOMMUNICATIONS LIMITED

BEST INTERNET EXCHANGE OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

OMANTEL

BEST SUBSEA CABLE OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

TELIN

Euro-Asia REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

CHINA TELECOM GLOBAL LIMITED

BEST GLOBAL SMS PLATFORM PROVIDER - RETAIL SOLUTION

HORISEN

THE FUNKIEST OPERATOR IN THE COMMUNITY

IX TELECOM

BEST GLOBAL DATA CENTER SERVICE PROVIDER

IRON MOUNTAIN DATA CENTERS

CIS REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

LANCK TELECOM

LATAM REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

UFINET

Asia REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

TELIN

Middle East REGIONAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

OMANTEL

TELECOMMUNICATION WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Irina van der Broek-Levina,
Team Lead Supplier Management Europe at EXPEREO

THE BEST ‘CLOUD’ INNOVATIVE OPERATOR

CHINA MOBILE INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

BEST MOBILITY INNOVATIVE PROVIDER

RAYCAP

BEST VOICE/DATA SERVICE INNOVATION

BRIDGEVOICE

BEST SECURITY SOLUTION PROVIDER

DEUTSCHE TELEKOM GLOBAL CARRIER

GCCM AWARD: BEST PROJECT OF THE YEAR - SUBSEA NETWORKS

ELLALINK

BEST INNOVATIVE SOFTWARE PROVIDER

HORISEN

BEST INNOVATIVE VALUE ADDED SERVICE PROVIDER

1OT

BEST INNOVATIVE ACQUISITION OF THE YEAR

UFINET

BEST IoT SOLUTION PROVIDER

CHINA TELECOM GLOBAL LIMITED

BEST REGIONAL DATA CENTER OPERATOR

TELIN

GCCM FASTRACK AWARD

VYZYO

BEST INNOVATIVE APPLICATION PROVIDER

HORISEN

BEST GLOBAL OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

ORANGE

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS
1. The entry form must be completed online at the Carrier Community Award Portal. The number of submissions is limited to 10 categories per Company. Only fully completed online submission must be sent by 20th of March 2020 and be accompanied by a jpeg logo, high-resolution print format logo (preferably eps) and the supportive materials.
2. Supporting evidence or documents must be included within the entry form (such as pictures, graphs). Please ensure any supporting evidence is relevant.
3. 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.
4. We reserve the right to re-allocate any entry, which in our view, has been incorrectly categorised.
5. Jury members applying for any categories will be abstained from judging that category.
6. Up to 5 companies will be shortlisted in each category and the shortlists will be published by the end of April 2020. The winners will be announced during the CC-Global Awards event at CEE 2020 GCCM in Berlin.
7. All shortlisted companies can Only purchase seats in the on-site Premium Lounge and a minimum of 2 seats at EUR 390 + 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.
8. All non-shortlisted companies and CEE GCCM/ Digital Cloud Summit and SMS Messaging Summit registered delegates have access to the CC Global Awards Ceremony and Basic Lounge Only (a chair or standing slot subject to RSVP early response with a drink included). Limited places subject to availability at the time of booking.
9. To book a Premium Lounge at the Awards Ceremony with additional services and features, the price per on-site seat to book is EUR 390 + VAT.

10.Due to the special situation associated with COVID-19, Carrier Community is helping shortlisted members with travel restriction and policies to contact our team to assist further and discuss alternative available terms and options to join the CC Global Awards Ceremony.

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