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Glo emerges biggest winner at BoICT Night with 4 awards

By The Citizen

Leading telecoms operator, Globacom, emerged the biggest winner at the 2013 edition of the Beacon of ICT (BoICT) Awards held last weekend, taking home a total of four awards for its outstanding performance in the telecoms sector.

At the award ceremony which was held at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Globacom won the Telecoms Company of the Year, Best GSM Company of the Year, Most Innovative Mobile Player of the Year and Broadband Company of the Year.

The BoICT Awards were instituted to reward the vision and enterprise of individuals and companies that have contributed to the growth of the ICT industry in Nigeria. The winners were determined through a poll conducted by the organizers, CommunicationsWeek Media. Readers of the magazine and telecomĀ  industry stakeholders were allowed to cast their votes by email or through voting on a portal created for the purpose on the company's website.

Special Guest of Honour at the event and Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators (ALTON), Gbenga Adebayo, commended the organizers for recognizing innovation and excellence in the telecom industry.

He expressed optimism that the award would achieve its objective of providing a benchmark for validating outstanding contributions to the country's quest for growth in the ICT sector.

Ken Nwogbo, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer of CommunicationsWeek, said explained that the Telecoms Company of the Year award was given to Glo in recognition of its 'pursuit of customer satisfaction with a passion that inspires hope and unparalleled achievements', and that the Broadband Company of the Year was for providing sufficient bandwidth for economic prosperity through Glo 1.

He added that the Best GSM Company of the Year and Most Innovative Mobile Player of the Year awards were for Glo's 'ability to continuously excite its subscribers and be a leader in innovation as well as for its ability to reinvent the wheel.'

Other winners at the awards were Zenith Bank which emerged E-Banking Services Provider of the Year, GT Bank which won Mobile Money Operator of the Year, Vodacom Business which won Enterprise Solutions Provider of the Year and the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) which won the Government Agency of the Year Award.

The Director General of NBC, Yomi Bolarinwa, won the ICT Man of the Year, while former Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ernest Ndukwe, was inducted into the BoICT Hall of Fame.