Sudatel Telecom Group won the Best African Project award at the Global Carrier Awards, held in Paris last week. This was in recognition of the pivotal role it played in advancing infrastructure in a rapidly emerging market. Sudatel participated in this competition for the first time with the project of its Data Center. This facility represents a landmark achievement for an African country and the wider region as a whole. After 5 years of planning and building, Sudatel launched the first purpose-built data center in Sudan in December 2014. The project is the most secure and reliable in North, East and West Africa with a tier IV specification. The project has been shortlisted by the judging panel based on it contributions to small and medium enterprise growth, overseas investment, provision of e-services as well as improved infrastructure and services for universities. More notably, its services are available not only in Sudan but in neighboring countries which are able to access the data center through its fiber network. Commenting on that triumph, Eng. Tarig Hamza Zeinalabdin, CEO of Sudatel said:” it is an honor for our group to receive this important award. This recognition proves that we are able to be recognized internationally and it is an evidence of our success. Certainly, our Data Center is our state-of-the-art structure and we are so proud of that”. Over the past 10 years, the Global Carrier Awards have become the biggest and most prestigious awards event in the wholesale telecoms calendar. This year’s event was attended by more than 350 attendees. A record number of over 160 entries were submitted for this year’s awards. The winners were decided by a panel of over 20 judges, which include leading analysts, industry experts and Capacity’s senior editorial team.