As a wrap-up to the 17th edition of Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit, Telecom Review Group organized its Excellence Awards ceremony to recognize exceptional global and regional companies, along with industry leaders, for their innovative initiatives and influential contributions throughout 2023. One of these awards, recognizing the Best Operator, was conferred upon MTN Group to recognize its outstanding efforts and results.

Telecom Review Group, together with an independent panel of judges, continued its dedication and commitment to the ICT industry in ranking the best of the best in terms of corporate growth, technological deployment, ICT investment, corporate social responsibility (CSR), digital customer experience, green initiatives as well as individual capabilities and brand contributions.

Commenting on the success of the event, Toni Eid, Founder of Telecom Review Group and CEO of Trace Media International, said, “A heartfelt thank you to all participants, distinguished speakers, and partners for their unwavering support for the huge success of the 17th Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit. The two days have been filled of excitement, networking and knowledge sharing. We look ahead with anticipation to the continued evolution of industry discourse and innovative advancements, and we will be ready to craft another chapter in ICT leadership excellence. Join us next year for another groundbreaking 18th edition!”

Jeff Seal, Chief of the Awards Committee, Managing Partner and Editor-in-Chief, Telecom Review North America, said, “In 2023, the Telecom Review Excellence Awards set a new benchmark, attracting significant industry interest with a record-breaking global nomination. To accommodate this, we introduced more distinct awards on a global and regional scale. These awards remain the industry standard for peer recognition, thanks to the thorough deliberation by our esteemed panel of global experts. Congratulations to all winners, and we look forward to another celebration of excellence next year!"

Among the list of award winners, MTN Group received the 'Best Operator – Africa' award this year. Nompilo Morafo, MTN Group Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer, accepted the award during the ceremony night. "On behalf of MTN, I am humbled and honored to receive the award for Best African Operator. This recognition reflects the dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment of our entire team, our valued partners, and, above all, our customers across the continent. Their exceptional contributions and unwavering support are instrumental to MTN's continued success and our mission to make a lasting positive impact on the lives of millions across Africa," said Morafo.

MTN achieved solid subscriber growth. The subscriber base reached 289.1 million in 2022, a 6.1% increase over the previous year. The company witnessed a strong increase in data users and traffic, with data traffic growing by a third in 2022. MTN also rapidly expanded its fintech ecosystem, despite new taxes and price cuts, demonstrating its commitment to providing innovative financial services to its customers.

The 17th edition of the Telecom Review Leaders’ Summit, under the theme “Global, Regional, Digital,” is one of the most anticipated and largest ICT events in the industry. Comprising of thousands of distinguished guests, the two-day gathering on December 6-7, 2023 welcomed C-level executives within the ICT industry and a broad range of professionals including telecom operators, telecom vendors/suppliers, industry regulators, government officials, content providers, cybersecurity experts, consultants and smart city innovators.

About Telecom Review Group

Telecom Review Group, a combination of media platforms and events specialized in the ICT industry, founded its flagship media Telecom Review in 2005. Today, Telecom Review is the leading global ICT media platform. With different editions that cover all the industry’s updates in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa and North America, Telecom Review Group has gained a stellar reputation for guaranteeing quality content, offering reliable information and addressing the most trending topics. Telecom Review Group is an ICT media pioneer in launching e-newsletters and digital flipping magazines as well as organizing virtual panels and webinars.

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