Smart Bags Global Innovation Award


 In Photo: Deborah Anne Tan, head of Smart’s investor relations and group enterprise risk management and Coleago Consulting director Chris Buist

At the recently concluded TMT Finance & Investment Asia 2014 Awards in Hongkong, Smart Communications, Inc. was presented with the prestigious Innovation Award.

The wireless services leader bested other industry trailblazers such as NTT Com, SK Telecom, and Hutchison.

Smart was the only Philippine telco to be named finalist in the awards program organized by TMT Finance—provides specialized news, research, and high-end networking conferences to senior executives from the telecom, finance, and professional advisory communities globally.

Smart was recognized for its world-first innovations such as Smart Money, Smart Load, and Pasa Load.

Further bringing excellence and creativity in addressing the needs of the community, Smart introduces BayadLoad—a service that allows people to pay for mandatory government contributions for social security, housing, provident, and health insurance using load on their Smart-powered phones.

Smart also finished supercharging its network under a PHP 67.1-billion transformation program, launched the first commercial and widest LTE service in the Philippines, linked up its cell sites via fiber optic cables, and launched rich-content offerings such as Spinnr.

What’s more, the telco was also shortlisted for the TMT Finance Awards’ Operator of the Year distinction and for the TMT Leadership Award.