GSMA awards

Vodafone's enterprise division and the BBC's iPlayer video on demand application for mobile phones application both won awards last night at...

Vodafone's enterprise division and the BBC's iPlayer video on demand

application for mobile phones application both won awards last night

at the GSMA Mobile World Congress.

[] Cootek of China took the prize for the most

innovative wireless device-centric technology for TouchPal, a soft

keyboard for Windows Mobile devices that allows faster typing.

This year more than 450 firms competed for awards in a score of

categories that reflect the growing integration of mobile

communications in consumers' leisure and work activitieis.

GSMA CEO Rob Conway said entries cames from companies that spanned

internet, finance, advertising, music, television and gaming. "Even in

uncertain economic times, mobile is seeing continued growth, with more

than four billion mobile connections globally," he said. "This growth

is driven by innovation in new services, applications and ever richer

mobile content."

The GSMA is launching a new competition to encourage small and medium

enterprises to develop mobile products. The

[ ]Mobile Innovation Grand Prix

will give entrepreneurs a chance to get industry support to get into

the market. The first leg of the competition, the EMEA Tournament,

will take place at the World Innovation Summit in Barcelona in June.

Entry opens on 25 February 2009.

And the winners are

Best Mobile Game

Winner: Gameloft - Real Football 2009

Highly Commended: Digital Chocolate - AvaPeeps: FlirtNation

Best Mobile Music or Video Service

Winner: BBC iPlayer on Mobile

Best Mobile Advertising Service

Winner: Turkcell - Tonla Kazan

Best Mobile TV Service

Winner: MobiTV - MobiTV

Best Mobile Enterprise Product or Service

Winner: Vodafone - Vodafone Global Enterprise Limited

Best Mobile Internet Service

Winner: Nokia - Nokia Sports Tracker

Best Mobile Money Service

Winner: Safaricom and Vodafone - M-PESA

Best Mobile Handset or Device

Winner: INQ - INQ1

Highly Commended: Nokia - Nokia E71

Highly Commended: T-Mobile - T-Mobile G1

Best Broadcast Commercial

Winner: KT Freetel - 'Show is ... '

Best Mobile Brand Campaign

Winner: R/GA London - Nokia Urbanista Diaries

Best Use of Mobile for Social and Economic Development

Winner: Nuance Communications - Airtel-T9 India Consumer Vernacular

Messaging Campaigns

Best Network Technology Advance

Winner: Nokia Siemens Networks - Flexi Multimode BTS Software

defined HSPA/LTE

Best Service Delivery Platform

Winner: NewBay Software - LifeCache Social Networking Solution 2.0

Best Billing & Customer Care Solution

Winner: Expert System - COGITO Answers

Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough

Winner: RIM - BlackBerry Storm 9500 SurePress Screen

The Green Mobile Award

Winner: Smart Communications - Alternative Power for Cell Sites program

GSMA's CEO Award for Outstanding Environmental Contribution

Winner: Nokia

Government Leadership Award

Winner: The Government of France

GSMA Chairman's Award

Winner: Research in Motion (RIM)

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