Smart Axiata, Cambodia’s leading mobile telecommunications company, was named Best Emerging Market Operator by Telecom Asia yesterday.
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Kanishka Wickrama, Smart Axiata’s CFO, received the award on the company’s behalf during the Gala Awards Night at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore.
The company was selected as the winner from a shortlist that included mobile operators in Malaysia, India, Philippines and Indonesia. Telenor Myanmar won last year’s Best Emerging Market Operator award.
The Telecom Asia Awards is the region’s longest-running and most prestigious telecom industry awards. Now in its 21st edition, the award recognizes innovative and outstanding performance by Asian service providers and industry executives.
The selection is made by independent industry experts who cast votes based on innovation, financial performance, technology, market leadership and corporate governance.
“As the industry is entering the digital era, Smart has also started to redefine the industry through various digitisation initiatives. In general, it was an exemplary year for Smart Axiata,” said Allan Tan, regional content and strategy director at Questex Asia Ltd.
Smart Axiata CEO Thomas Hundt welcomed the award as a strong acknowledgement of Smart’s financial and market success in bringing advanced mobile connectivity as well as a broad range of service offerings to millions of subscribers in Cambodia.
“Being recognized as the Best Emerging Market Operator in the region is certainly a proud moment for Smart and for Cambodia. All of our employees constantly strive to serve our beloved subscribers, partners and stakeholders at best and most effectively through affordable, innovative, simple and high-quality lifestyle offerings,” Mr Hundt said.
Smart was recently recognized with a Gold Award for Tax Compliance by Cambodia’s General Department of Taxation, and early this year the company also bagged the Best Telecommunications Company Cambodia and Best CSR Company Cambodia Awards by the Global Banking and Finance Review for the fourth year in a row.
Smart also received the Asia Pacific Emerging Market Award by Frost and Sullivan in 2015 and was named the Cambodia Mobile Service Provider of 2016 and 2017 by Frost and Sullivan.