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Airtel Ghana’s CSR programme has been globally adjudged ‘Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative’ at the 2016 Global Carrier Awards held in Paris, France.
The Global Carrier Awards, now in its 12th year, recognizes Telecom operators and Carriers who have distinguished themselves across 45 categories and have demonstrated outstanding performance from growth, innovation and excellence to Corporate Social Responsibility.
The prestigious Awards, organized by Capacity Media, a division of Euromoney Global which focuses on the wholesale telecommunications market and carrier-to-carrier business, has  re-affirmed Airtel Ghana’s CSR programme as the best across telecom operators globally only a month after the company was adjudged the best across the African continent.
Speaking on this latest recognition, CEO, Lucy Quist, said “this is an exceptional award that means a lot to us at Airtel. To be adjudged as the best in class in CSR at the global level, in such a competitive and prestigious Award is undoubtedly a remarkable achievement. This recognition is a reflection on the amazing work everyone at Airtel has put in every day to make our company a true force for good. We are very proud of this achievement and it will inspire us to continue enriching lives and empowering our communities.”
Speaking at the awards, Rosalind Irving, CEO of Capacity Media said “Congratulations to all the esteemed nominees and to the very worthy winners of our 12th Global Carrier Awards. As the market rapidly changes to keep up with innovation, it was great to take the time to celebrate the exciting companies, projects and partnerships in today’s dynamic wholesale carrier industry”.
Other award winners include:
  1. 45 awards were handed out during the black tie event earlier this evening.
  2. Interoute took home three awards, while Neutrona Networks and Türk Telekom also bagged a couple of prizes each.
  3. In the data centre category, Equinix took the award for best data centre, while Interxion was recognised for best data centre innovation.
  4. The award for terrestrial project of the year went to SimbaNet, while the winner of the subsea project of the year was the SEA-ME-WE 5 subsea cable system and consortium.
  5. Telekom Austria Group was recognised with the award for best European project, with World Telecom Labs picking up the best project prize for Africa. Saudi Telecom Company (STC) won best Middle East project, with Hutchison Global Communications and Huawei picking up the best Asian project award, and WireIE winning for North America. Best Latin America project award went to Telefónica.
  6. Best voice service innovation – emerging markets went to Cataleya, while the same award for mature markets was won by iBasis.
  7. Neutrona Networks took home an award for best data service innovation, emerging markets, with the same category for mature markets being awarded to Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL). Türk Telekom International won the best SMS innovation award.
  8. Orange International Carriers won the gong for best anti-fraud innovation, with Aqua Comms picking up the prize for best subsea innovation. The best cloud innovation winner was named as Interoute, while the best unified communications innovation went to PCCW Global.
  9. The judges’ award for best partnership went to Telenor and Vodafone.