The GSMA, which represents the interests of the worldwide communications industry, today announced the winners of the Asia Mobile Awards 2009, as well as the winners of the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix – Asia Tournament, which was contested this week at the Mobile Asia Congress in Hong Kong, China. The awards, hosted by TV presenter Janis Chan, were announced last night at the Mobile Asia Congress Networking Party and Awards Celebration at Hong Kong’s famed Happy Valley Racecourse.
The Asia Mobile Awards were created by the GSMA as a platform to showcase leadership and diversity for mobile content, products and services across Asia. Judged by a panel of independent analysts, journalists and industry experts, this year’s Awards attracted more than 100 entries from operators, vendors and the broad value chain from across the mobile industry that provide products and services that are commercially available in at least one Asian market. For the first time, this year’s winners will also be shortlisted for the Global Mobile Awards, which take place next year at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
“We are delighted with the number of high quality entries we received for this year’s Asian Mobile Awards and Mobile Innovation Grand Prix – Asia Tournament,” said Rob Conway, CEO and Member of the Board for the GSMA. “These awards reflect the strong growth of mobile communications in Asia – in the last year alone mobile connections in the region have risen by 370 million, and this growth is driven by innovative new services, applications and ever richer mobile content. These awards recognise the leaders, pioneers and innovators that are making this happen. Our congratulations to the winners, and our thanks to all those who participated.”
The winners of the Asia Mobile Awards 2009 are:
Best Mobile Game
- Gameloft for ‘Hero of Sparta’
Best Mobile Music Service
- Singapore Telecom Mobile for ‘SingTel AMPed’
Best Mobile TV or Video Service
- Telegent Systems for ‘Telegent Free-to-Air Mobile TV – TLG1120 Mobile TV Receiver’
Best Mobile Advertising or Marketing
- Smart Communications and Unilever – AXE for ‘AXE on Phone’
Best Mobile Enterprise Application Product or Service
- Orascom Telecom Bangladesh for ‘Banglalink Jigyasha’
Best Mobile Internet Service
- Geodesic for ‘Mundu IM’
Best Mobile Money Service
- Smart Communications for ‘Smart Money’s expanded mobile-based security feature for online purchases’
Mobile Money for the Unbanked Award
- Smart Communications for ‘Smart Islands Activation Program (IAP)’
The Green Mobile Award
- Grameenphone and Huawei for ‘Building a Greener Mobile Network’
Best Mobile Broadband Handset/Device
- Nokia for N97 Mini
More information about the GSMA’s Asia Mobile Awards can be found at: http://www.asiamobileawards.com/
Mobile Innovation Grand Prix – APAC Tournament
The Mobile Innovation Grand Prix competition was created by the GSMA with the primary goal of showcasing promising entrepreneurs from small and medium-sized companies bringing innovative new products and services to market. During the APAC Tournament, presentations from five finalists were reviewed by a judging panel comprised of senior executives from mobile operators and venture capital firms. Two overall winners were announced last night at the Mobile Asia Congress Networking Party and Awards Celebration and have won a trip to compete for the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix title, part of the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2010.
The winners of the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix – APAC Tournament are:
- Altobridge, Ireland
- Sentry Wireless, Ireland
The Platinum sponsor of the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix competition is the Generalitat de Catalunya. For more information on the GSMA’s Mobile Innovation Grand Prix competition and Mobile Innovation programme, please visit: http://www.mobileinnovation.org/.