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Innovative telecoms businesses honored at Asia Communications Awards

After two extremely challenging years for not only telecommunications companies, but for the world at large, the Asia Communications Awards returned for 2021 to recognize the most innovative and agile players in the sector.

In a virtual event on Tuesday, 14 December, hosted by Total Telecom and sponsored by CloudSense, over 125 entrants from across the continent were in the running for a total of 23 awards, making it the biggest iteration of the awards in its 10-year history.

While awards for Best 5G Deployment and Most Innovative IoT Solution showcased the importance of a digital-first outlook, new awards such as the Crisis Response Award and the Social Contribution Award illustrated how broader social concerns are becoming a key part of the telecommunications sector.

The 2021 ACA winners:

5G Deployment Award


5G Technology Initiative

Netcracker RAN Intelligent Controller

Best Enterprise Business Service

China Mobile International

Best Payment Initiative


Best SME Service (Operator)

Globe Business

CEO of the Year

Amer Sunna, CEO, Asiacell

Cloud Technology Initiative


Crisis Response Award


Cyber Security Award


Digital Transformation Project of the Year

Huawei Technologies Co

Innovation Award: Operator

Globe Business

Innovation Award: Vendor

Nokia Digital Assistant

Most Innovative IoT Solution

Tata Communications 

Network Automation Award

PCCW Global

Network Transformation Initiative


NFV Innovation Award


Operator of the Year

China Mobile International

OSS / BSS Project of the Year


Satellite Operator of the Year

Singtel Satellite

Smart City Project of the Year

Indosat Ooredoo

The Customer Experience Award

Telenor Digital

The Social Contribution Award

Smart Communications

Wholesale Operator of the Year

Tata Communications