2016 ACOMMS Finalists Announced

Sydney, 10 June 2016 – Communications Alliance and Communications Day are proud to announce the finalists in the communications industry’s premier awards for excellence, the ACOMMS, which recognise exemplary achievement across 11 categories of endeavour.

The ACOMMS will be presented at a gala industry event in Sydney on 20 July 2016.

The short-listed nominees are indicative of the industry’s transformation from the provision of traditional fixed communications to available-anywhere, advanced services and applications.

Communications Alliance CEO John Stanton said: “the activities underlying the nominations bear testimony to the strength of innovation that is driving the Australian communications industry”.

He welcomed the inclusion of a new award category - IoT Innovator – which will recognise company’s offering innovative IoT solutions or products to end users.

He was also delighted that this year, an unprecedented number of submissions in the Community Contribution Category were received.

“It is heartening to see that our industry is invested to go above and beyond to help the community.  In recognition of this, the Community Contribution award will go to two worthy nominations.”

“There are great stories behind the commitment to excellence on display from all finalists. I congratulate and wish them well for the ACOMMS Awards night.”

The 2016 ACOMM Awards finalists are:

Innovation (large)

  • Ericsson / Telstra / Ciena - Low-latency long-distance un-regenerated terrestrial fibre optic link.
  • Telstra Corporation - Telstra Air – Australian Network
  • Vodafone Hutchison Australia, and the Vodafone Foundation - DreamLab

Vendor Innovation (Large)

  • Cisco Systems Australia - COSN Platform Deployment at Optus
  • Nokia - nbn Fixed Networks Innovation
  • Optus Mobile - Cash by Optus Wearables

Vendor Innovation (Emerging)

  • ECConnect - EAP and EAP Promotions Engine
  • NEXTDC - AXONVX
  • Symbio Networks - TollShield

Commitment to Customer Service

  • Macquarie Telecom - Macquarie Telecom publishes real time NPS
  • Southern Phone Company - Industry leading customer service for mobile customers
  • Vodafone Hutchison Australia - Customer service transformation

Services to Industry - Professional Services

  • Cisco Systems - Student Summit – at Cisco Live Melbourne 2016
  • Creator Tech -  Australian IoT Industry Collaboration
  • Telstra Corporation - muru-D

Best Mobile Solution

  • Fonality - Fonality HUD Mobile (HUDm)
  • Optus Mobile - Cash by Optus Wearables

IoT Innovator

  • Cisco Systems Australia - Cisco Asset Management for Sites
  • NetComm Wireless - Smart Home Gateway
  • Telstra Corporation - Telstra Internet of Things Challenge

Community Contribution

  • Conexu Foundation - Braille CapTel
  • Southern Phone Company - Southern Phone Grants Scheme
  • Telco Together Foundation collaboration - PSMS Donations Pilot Project
  • Telstra Corporation - Telstra Safe Connections
  • Vodafone Hutchison Australia and Vodafone Foundation - DreamLab

Satellite Provider of the Year

  • Optus Satellite - Optus Satellite Upgrade of HPA’s at our Satellite Facility
  • SpeedCast - Establishment of Teleport facilities in Australia

Best Marketing Initiative

  • Announced on the night

Communications Ambassador

  • Announced on the night

The ACOMM Awards are jointly presented by Communications Alliance and Communications Day and recognise excellence among communications industry participants including individuals, service providers, content providers, carriers, technology partners, consultants and third party suppliers. Vodafone is the 2016 title sponsor of the ACOMMS, with Optus, Cisco, Mirait Technologies, amaysim, Bird & Bird, Foxtel and KPMG also sponsoring the event.

The ACOMMS will be announced and presented at the 10th Annual ACOMMS Dinner o be held on 20th July 2016 at the newly completed Four Points Sheraton, Sydney and Minister for Communications, The Hon Mitch Fifield, will deliver the keynote address at the dinner.  The ever popular Julia Zemiro will be back to be the MC for the evening.

Registrations for this year’s event can be made at: http://www.acomms.com.au/register.php

ABOUT COMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body  in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the  communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet  service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.

Its vision is to  provide a unified voice for the telecommunications industry and to lead  it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and  services. The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of  consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance. For more details about  Communications Alliance, see www.commsalliance.com.au.

Media information contact:
Sefiani Communications
Kurt Graham kgraham@sefiani.com.au
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ABOUT COMMS DAY
Communications Day Australasia is Australia and New Zealand’s most respected source of daily telecom industry news and commentary published under the Decisive Publishing stable. For further information, see www.commsday.com