Vodafone bags Global Mobile Award for growing smaller networks

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Samsung picks up award for best security solution while Huawei takes home prize for best infrastructure

Vodafone has been named as the best network for helping to grow smaller or independent networks as part of the GSMA Global Mobile Awards at Mobile World Congress.

The UK-based operator was commended for eliminating the “substantial set-up costs” required when setting up a smaller network. The awards were presented by Monty Python and Faulty Towers star John Cleese

Judges also praised Vodafone for solving challenges around roaming, recognising its 650-plus roaming partners around the world that are available to network partners at launch.

In giving the award to Vodafone, the judges commented: “The scope of impact on small operators is impressive – this approach solves some of the more difficult remaining roaming problems. Exactly what operators in small countries need and are looking for.”

Samsung Knox wins security award

Samsung took home the award for Best Security/Anti-fraud Product Solution for its workplace management software Knox.

The on-device security solution was praised for being secure enough to run on government grade networks. The judges also praised the software for eliminating the need to ensure version compatibility and coordination of deployment of third party solutions.

The judges said: “The technology behind this product is a genuine and significant step forward in providing verifiable security on mobile devices.”

“When designing the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, we knew that creating a beautifully crafted smartphone for consumers was only a portion of the entire process,” said Samsung enterprise business team executive VP Dr. Injong Rhee. “We put a concerted effort into providing an out-of-the-box, advanced security platform that would meet the growing needs of business leaders and IT professionals.

“With KNOX, enterprise customers can quickly adopt one of the most secure mobile platforms in the market, as our products are preloaded with built-in hardware-to-software protection against malware and hacking.”

Other awards given in the Mobile Technology Category included the award for Best Mobile Infrastructure, which was given to Huawei for its LampSite Solution which targets indoor coverage to improve enterprise productivity.

US-based mobile broadband solution provider Airvana won two awards for its OneCell small cell solution: Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough and Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology (granted by chief technology officers).

Australian operator Telstra was also recognised for providing 4G solutions for the emergency services.

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