Safaricom wins two category prizes at GSMA’s Glomo awards




Safaricom walked away with two category awards from this year’s Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards which recognise and showcase companies and individuals that are driving innovation in the evolving mobile industry.

The Kenya-based telco was voted the best for the Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets and Outstanding Contribution to Mobile Industry categories.

Safaricom’s DigiFarm platform won the Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets in this year’s Glomo awards with the telco also being recognised for its Outstanding Contribution to Mobile Industry.

The DigiFarm platform provides smallholder farmers with convenient access to a variety of services, including discounted inputs, financing and advice on best farming practice, all from a 2G enabled mobile phone.

DigiFarm, created through a partnership with mobile solutions provider, Mezzanine, offers an easy-to-use, text-based service to Kenya’s smallholder farmers. Farmers register on the platform and record details about the size of their farms and the nature of their farming activities This information is then used to ensure that farmers receive support relevant to their specific farming activities. Once registered on the platform, farmers have access via mobile phone to a host of agricultural and financial services that the ecosystem offers.

“This recognition is a true reflection of our dedication to our Transforming Lives purpose. We are constantly finding ways to leverage the power of mobile technology to solve the challenges that communities face every day. Through DigiFarm we want to empower millions of smallholder farmers by giving them the right tools for economic growth,” said Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom

Over 1 million farmers have subscribed to the platform with more than 300,000 of whom are 30-day active customers. DigiFarm has also opened 144 depots around the country to enable farmer’s access to quality inputs.

To ensure the farmers get all the necessary support, Safaricom has partnered with iProcure to guarantee access to high quality inputs, FarmDrive to provide affordable credit and Arifu, content partner through whom farmers have access to relevant information.

According to the Glomo awards’ judges, Digifarm was recognised for demonstrating very impressive collaboration between stakeholders, demonstrating how relatively simple and, by today’s standard, ‘old’ technology can be used to improve the lives of millions.

Safaricom was also among 4 winners in the outstanding achievement category where the Telco was recognized for its outstanding contribution to the mobile industry.

In April 2018, DigiFarm emerged winner of the developing world technology category in Fast Company‘s 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards and was also recognised as the most innovative service at the inaugural East Africa Com Awards and emerged top of the Shared Value Category in the Loeries Awards held in Durban, South Africa. The platform was also recognised as best digital agricultural platform in the Digital Inclusions Awards.

Below is the complete listing of the 2020 Glomo awards winners:

Best Mobile Network Infrastructure
Vodafone, Parallel Wireless and Telecom Infra Project for Global OpenRAN Deployments

Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough (Companies with more than $10 million Annual Global Revenue)
Ericsson for Ericsson Spectrum Sharing (ESS)

Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough (Companies with less than  $10 million Annual Global Revenue)
KaiOS for KaiOS, Enable Tomorrow

Best Network Software Breakthrough (Companies with more than $10 million Annual Global Revenue)
Parallel Wireless for OpenRAN Controller and Network Software

Best Network Software Breakthrough (Companies with less than $10 million Annual Global Revenue)
Cohere Technologies for Improved 4G and 5G FDD/TDD Networks

Best Mobile Authentication & Security Solution
Nuance Communications Inc. for Nuance Gatekeeper

5G Leadership Award
Huawei for Gear up with Huawei’s E2E 5G Products

5G Industry Partnership Award
China Unicom, BMW & Huawei for 5G Digital Factory Enable Automobile Manufacturing Digital Transformation

Outstanding Mobile Technology Award
Ericsson for Ericsson Spectrum Sharing (ESS)

Best Mobile Operator Service for Consumers
Vimplecom for Beeline & Liza Alert

Best Mobile service for the Connected Life
CalAmp for Here Comes The Bus

Most Innovative Mobile App
Turkcell for BiP Translate

Best Mobile Innovation for Work
China Eastern Airlines, China Unicom & Huawei for 5G Smart Travel in Airport

Best Mobile Innovation for Health and Biotech
Flare for World-Class Emergency Response Technologies

Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive
SK Telecom for Smart Fleet: Data Analytics Platform for Intelligent Mobility

Best Mobile Innovation for Payment and FinTech
Juvo for Financial Identity as a Service (FiDaaS)

Best Mobile Innovation for Smart Cities
China Mobile Group Zhejiang and Huawei for NB-IoT Smart City Fire Control

Best Mobile Innovation for Media and Entertainment
LG Uplus for U+VR 5G

Best Mobile Innovation for Building Trust in the Digital Age
Samsung Electronics for Knox Security Platform

Tech of the Future Award
Huawei for Atlas 900 AI Cluster – The Pinnacle of AI Compute for Future Inclusion

Best Smartphone
OnePlus for OnePlus 7T Pro

Disruptive Device Innovation Award
Qualcomm for Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem

Best Connected Consumer Device
Vasco Electronics for Vasco Mini2

Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets
Safaricom for DigiFarm

Best Mobile Innovation supporting Emergency or Humanitarian Situations
MapSwipe for Missing Maps

Best Mobile Innovation for Accessibility & Inclusion
SK Telecom for Driving Assistance Solution for Hearing-Impaired Taxi Driver

Best Mobile Innovation for Climate Action
Huawei for Huawei PowerStar™ Solution, 3-Level AI-Based Energy Saving solution

Best Mobile Initiative for Enhancing Children’s Lives
Accenture for SAATHI – Autism Therapy at your Fingertips

Outstanding Mobile Contribution to the UN SDGs
KT for Global Epidemic Prevention Platform

Government Leadership Award
The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Outstanding Contribution to the Mobile Industry
Safaricom

Women4Technology – Industry Leadership Award
Elena Sinel, Founder for Teens In AI

Diversity in Tech Award
Teens In AI for Teens In AI

25 Years of Connecting People Award
Dr Mike Short – A constant champion of the role of mobile technology for the enhancement of society

YoMo STEAM Activity for Children Award
SK Telecom for Happy Coding School for Adolescents with Special Needs

The Glomo awards are organised by the GSMA and are normally handed out during the annual Mobile World Congress which had to be cancelled this year due to health and safety concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

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