Broadband consumers have made their voices heard in the 2006 People's Awards handed out at the annual MyADSL Broadband Conference hosted at Vodaworld on Friday.
The Broadband Conference, sponsored by Vodacom and DataPro, attracted over 120 delegates from industry and the broadband fraternity and has become a key date on the yearly broadband calendar.
With speakers from all the broadband providers, except Telkom, the event proved to be a hit with attendees. Speakers from Vodacom, DataPro, iBurst, Sentech, Neotel, MTN, Neology and ITSI (Institute of Technology, Strategy and Innovation) shed some light on what users can expect in the broadband and Internet arena in future.
The MyADSL People's Awards attracted nearly 1 000 responses from broadband consumers and since the awards are based entirely on consumers' votes it fills a vital gap in the yearly ICT awards space.
iBurst was crowned the broadband provider of the year, edging out Vodacom by a small margin. The company's aggressive rollout of services and increased investment in customer service has clearly paid off.
In the Journalist of the Year category, Duncan McLeod was a comfortable overall winner cementing his place as one of the premier journalists working in the ICT field today.
Lloyd Gedye won the Newspaper Journalist of the Year award with Dave Glazier taking the honors in the Online Journalist section.
Web Africa was voted the best ADSL ISP of the year beating the newcomer, OpenWeb, by a small margin. Web Africa has become renowned for their excellent customer service and this result confirms consumers' trust in the company.
The most hotly contended category was the '33.6 Kbps Modem Award' for the organization or individual who was the biggest hindrance to development in the broadband arena over the last year.
ICASA, its chairman Paris Mashile and the Minister of Communications Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri all notched up a fair share of votes, but it was Telkom who reigned supreme in this category.