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65 firms battle for honours @WCA 2017

A total of 65 global companies have been shortlisted to battle for over 21 categories in the 2017 annual World CommunicationAwards (WCA) slated for London, reports ITRealms.

Chair of Judges, Tony Lavender, informed ITRealms that the 19th annual World Communication Awards at Supernova in London later this month, is organized by Total Telecom and has been scheduled for 28th of November, thus set to be the largest ever, with 65 companies and organisations shortlisted across over 20 categories, including new awards around Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) Innovation, 5G and Digital Lifestyle.

According to him, the awards are so competitive that the organizer, Total Telecom, has extended the independent judging panel to 30 highly qualified experts across the world. Assessing the hundreds of applications has taken several weeks, with a shortlist ranging from the very largest operators and vendors to small and innovative start-ups.

“Since the very beginning, a cornerstone of the success of the WCAs has been a strict and rigid policy that judging must at all times be totally independent and impartial,” said Tony Lavender  who doubles as the CEO, Plum Consulting.

“That has always been my brief, and as the industry has moved forward and widened its scope to new developments like NFV, IoT and 5G, we have also widened the expertise of our judging group so that companies entering for these awards can know and respect the calibre of the people assessing their submissions.

“We know how much effort, toil and sweat goes into every single entry, and when the category winners are announced on the 28th those companies and individuals can feel very proud of their achievements.”

Launched in 1999, the World Communication Awards have shown themselves to be the undisputed blue chip mark of success in the telecom industry and once again guests are expected to attend the dinner on the 28th from all over the world. Attendance is expected to exceed last year, when people from countries as diverse as Mozambique, the Philippines, Chile, and Bahrain, as well as the mainstream countries of Europe, Asia and North America all came to London.
As well as the new categories, the prestigious CEO of the Year title has been re-structured for 2017. Instead of being decided by industry vote, it is now being left to the judging panel to make the decision.

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