Fantastic news to start the week off. The Finland based Sibesonke, a mobile service company, has been announced the winner of the AfricaCom 2010, Telecom Innovation of the year -category. The competition has now been held for the third consecutive year. In total there were 10 different categories. Other finalists in the same category with Sibesonke were Ericsson (Base Transceiver Station), Helios Towers (Lean Operator Model), Vodafone & Vodacom Tanzania (M-PESA) and Zephyr Corporation (Wind Powered Network).
“This award is a great honor for us and of extraordinary importance as it proves Sibesonke’s business innovation is recognized also within the telecommunication industry and even more important in the market of our customers – Africa. Our company’s vision is to bring life-empowering mobile phone services to literally billions of lower-income people in emerging countries. Together with mobile operators we will be able to pursue this vision in a profitable way.” comments Sibesonke CEO Mr Uwe Schwarz.
Sibesonke aims to provide social and business networking for the under-privileged people in emerging countries all over the world. Their service has been live in South Africa since 2009 and they are planning to launch it soon in other African countries. They work with mobile operators and their service does not require any dataplans or smart phones to function.