Saturday, 21 October 2017

An A to Z of excellence across the telecoms space

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 22 September 17

From Accedian and Altice to Zain and ZTE, Total Telecom is proud to name the finalists for the 2017 World Communication Awards

"When I took the first survey of my undertaking...wherever I turned my view, there was perplexity to be disentangled, and confusion to be regulated; choice was to be made out of boundless variety..." As unlikely as it may seem, these words were not actually uttered by a member of the judging panel for this year's World Communication Awards, which met this week to compare notes on the 2017 entries. They are in fact somewhat older than that, having been taken from the preface to A Dictionary of the English Language, written by Dr Samuel Johnson and published in 1755…

"When I took the first survey of my undertaking...wherever I turned my view, there was perplexity to be disentangled, and confusion to be regulated; choice was to be made out of boundless variety..."

As unlikely as it may seem, these words were not actually uttered by a member of the judging panel for this year's World Communication Awards, which met this week to compare notes on the 2017 entries. They are in fact somewhat older than that, having been taken from the preface to A Dictionary of the English Language, written by Dr Samuel Johnson and published in 1755. But there are some similarities between the two.

Dr Johnson's dictionary was the first to comprehensively catalogue the English language and was considered the preeminent English lexicon for well over 100 years after its publication, despite the presence of other similar, but significantly less meticulously compiled, works on the shelves. The World Comms Awards have slightly less history, but after 18 years remain the gold standard by which all telecoms companies judge themselves and the most stringent in the evaluation process.

Just ask our panel of esteemed judges, who between them have read, digested and evaluated hundreds of awards entries of boundless variety over the past month or so. The panel met to select a shortlist on Wednesday – the day after the 308th anniversary of the birth of the eminent Dr Johnson, incidentally - at the Total Telecom office, which is but a stone's throw from the garret in which the lexicographer composed his dictionary.

Working feverishly in their own garret – seriously, we didn't even pause for a coffee break – the judges compiled a list of 61 companies shortlisted for awards in two dozen categories, some appearing more than once. The list, reproduced below, runs from Accedian and Altice to Zain and ZTE. It includes long-established names in the global telecoms operator and vendor market, as well as relative newcomers offering products and services that go way beyond the traditional notion of communications.

But common to each and every one of them is that they are all innovators. Because that's what the WCA is all about: recognising and rewarding innovation in the telecoms industry.

It was quite a simple concept for our friend Dr Johnson, who defined the verb to innovate as "to bring in something not known before" and "to change by introducing novelties."

In today's world it is difficult to lay claim to anything that is truly new, while the pace of change is accelerating rapidly. Therefore all of our finalists should feel very proud of themselves for impressing our judges enough to claim a place on the shortlist.

Finally, if anyone who has any questions about the judging process for the World Comms Awards, please do get in touch and ask. We aim to be fully transparent in our entry criteria and the way in which the entries are evaluated.

So, without further ago, Total Telecom would like to extend our sincere contrafibularites (in the words of Dr Johnson*) to this year's World Communication Awards finalists:

Accedian
Altice/Portugal Telecom
Cable & Wireless
Cisco Jasper
CITIC Telecom CPC
Colt
Content Guru
Deutsche Telekom ICSS
enet
Epsilon Telecommunications
Essex County Council
Etisalat
Fareastone Telecommunications
GlobeNet
Globe Telecom
Greenwave Systems
GTT Communications
Huawei
Hyperoptic
iBasis
Indosat Ooredoo
Interoute
Intersec
Invia
Iskratel
Liquid Telecom
Magnet Networks
Mahindra Comviva
Mavenir
MEO
Metaswitch
Mimosa Networks
Netcracker Technology
NTT Communications
Ooredoo Group
Ooredoo Myanmar
Ooredoo Qatar
Optus Wholesale
Orange
PCCW Global
PLDT
Singtel
Smart Communications
Spark New Zealand
Tata Communications Transformation Services
Telekom Austria Group
Telekom Malaysia
Telia Carrier
Telin
Telkomsel
Telkomtelstra
Telstra
Three UK
Turkcell
Veon
Viettel Group BITEL
Vmware
Vodafone Carrier Services
Vonage
Zain Jordan
ZTE

Click here to see the full shortlist, split by category.

* In the interests of full disclosure, we must admit that there is a slim chance that this was not one of Dr Johnson's words.

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