The audience of leading telecommunications users and vendors stood to applaud former Clear CEO Andrew Makin as he received the TUANZ Chairman’s Award in Auckland last week.
Makin left the telecommunications industry some months ago suffering from a serious illness.
TUANZ chairperson Judith Speight said of Makin that during his time as CEO: “Andrew advanced competition in the New Zealand telecommunications market, and brought energy and integrity to the industry”.
In the judged categories the nominee has to make a submission to a panel of six judges.
The award for Best Application of Tele-communications went to the Department of Social Welfare and Telecom Business Systems for the DSW PBX network. The judges felt that the “entry exemplified an imaginative and efficient solution to a business need”.
For the fifth year running Clear won the Most Responsive Telecommunications Organisation, with Ericsson being voted Best Source of Advice. Clear also won the Best Online Service Provider.
The prize for Best Example of Extending the Boundaries was awarded to South Auckland Health and Telecom for their ATM network, which the judges said “Brings health services into the heart of the community and demonstrates a commitment to using technology to improve client services”.
The Electronic Commerce Network was awarded Most Innovative Use of Electronic Commerce, and telecommunications veteran MAS won the award for Best Technology Exporter.