Telesom CEO, Abdikarim Mohamed Eid Scoops AfricaCom CXO of the Year 2018 Award

Abdikarim Mohamed Eid of Telesom has gained global recognition in the AfricaCom 2018 Awards show

By Abdirisak Itaqile

Cape Town, South Africa (Somaliland Monitor) –Abdikarim Mohamed Eid, the Chief Executive Officer of Somaliland’s largest telecommunication and mobile money transfer company, Telesom was on Wednesday night acknowledged as the AfricaCom CXO of the Year 2018 for his outstanding achievements as the Telesom’s CEO in leading digital inclusion, connectivity and digital development on the African Continent.

Voted for by the public and presented at the AfricaCom Awards 2018, this accolade is awarded to an African-based telecoms & ICT leader who is at the forefront of navigating their organisation through Industry 4.0, by prioritising innovation, embracing disruptive tech and elevating the continent’s digital economy.

Tom Cuthell, event director of AfricaCom and Abdikarim Mohamed Eid – CEO, Telesom was acknowledged as the AfricaCom CXO of the Year

AfricaCom is an event that brings together experts in telecommunications and African technology, conceived as an extraordinary networking platform and also as a space in which to take part in the industry’s latest innovations.

For almost two decades Telesom has been the driving force of the economic development of a Somaliland by making it the fifth country to launch a successful in house mobile money platform-ZAAD, and the first in the world to create a mobile currency exchange platform that has transformed lives of the community.
Under the Leadership of Abdikarim Mohamed Eid in the position of CEO the company has been transformed from an expertly considered strategy to a digitally transformed one (mobile money, cloud, LoT and VAS).

Meanwhile, Somaliland’s ministry of Telecommunications has sent a cable of congratulations to Telesom’s CEO, Abdikarim Mohamed Eid for winning one of Africa’s most prestigious awards.


According to a press statement released by the organizers of the event, below are the AfricaCom Awards stars for 2018:

Best Network Improvement – Liquid Telecom – Completion of the Cape to Cairo fibre route

Delivering Excellence in Customer Experience – Huawei Technologies – Customer Experience Management (CEM) for Ghana

Fintech Innovation Award – Econet Wireless (Cassava Fintech) and Mahindra Comviva – EcoCash Merchant Payments powered by mobiquity Money

Most Innovative use of AI Technology – Huawei Technologies – Huawei PowerStar

Most Innovative Service – Orange – Rural Electrification

Changing Lives Award – Ericsson and  Wot-if? Trust – eHUB Diepsloot South Africa

Best Sustainable Power Solution – Huawei Technologies – Huawei PowerCube 1000

IoT Product / Service of the year – Yego Innovision Limited – Yegomoto

Digital Entertainment Solution – Kwesé iflix – Best Innovation in Digital Entertainment

Also, winners on the night of two very special peer-voted awards were: Abdikarim Mohamed Eid – CEO, Telesom, who was acknowledged as the AfricaCom CXO of the Year and,Priya Thakoor – chief digital officer, Coca-Cola South Africa, who was recognised for outstanding achievements in driving ‘Digital Africa’ forward and walked away with the award for the AfricaCom Enterprise CXO of the Year.

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