GSMA announced the winners of the Asia Mobile Awards and the Mobile Innovation Grand Prix - Asia Tournament. Uh, they aren't really tournaments. they are Awards that seek out the best products and showcase new and upcoming companies with innovative offerings.
The The Green Mobile Award went to Huawei and Grameenphone. And rightfully so - they have began deploying solar-powered base stations, which run completely off the grid. A diesel engine is used as a backup. Thanks to the overall cost reduction of operating the base stations, the estimates say that Grameenphone (the largest telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh) will get its money back in savings in just two or three years.
Entertainment wasn't overlooked either. The Best Mobile Game Award was snatched by Gameloft for their Hero of Sparta game.
The winner of the Best Mobile Music Service Award will make users of similar services jealous of the AMPed service by SingTel. It's an unlimited music download service, but here's the kicker. For 39 US dollars a month you get 100 free minutes, 500MB free data and unlimited music downloads. Oh, and the songs are "Songs to own and share", plus you get music videos and pre-album releases.
Another Bangladeshi entrant, Banglalink Jigyasha from Orascom Telecom Bangladesh, won the Best Mobile Enterprise Application Product or Service Award. Banglalink Jigyasha is a duo of services, one of which offers agricultural advice and the other - business advice.
Banglalink Jigyasha offers expert advice on agriculture and business
The award winners will be shortlisted for the Global Mobile Awards, held at next year's GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Congratulations to the winners and see you in Barcelona.