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Kandy, GENBAND’s award-winning communications Platform as a Service (cPaaS), announced that it has received the ""Best Cloud Provider of the Year (Vendor)"" award from Telecom Review.

The award was accepted by Ashraf Hassan, VP Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, GENBAND at the annual Telecom Review Summit event, a high-level ICT executive gathering held in Dubai every year.

""We are highly committed to the ICT industry and these awards are a way for us to help celebrate our industry’s leaders,"" said Toni Eid, CEO of Trace Media International. ""This year’s winners represent the absolute best in our industry and we are very proud to honor them with this distinguished award.""

An independent panel of 15 industry veterans evaluated 167 submissions to select the winners of the 2016 Telecom Review Excellence Awards.

""We’re thrilled that Kandy has been recognized for its ability to make communications more human: contextual, embedded, and real-time,"" said Paul Pluschkell, Kandy founder and CEO. ""Just slightly more than two years old, Kandy has evolved to be more than just a cPaaS – it’s an enabler for operators and enterprises seeking to build new revenue streams quickly and simply, with minimal risk. We’re looking forward to continued innovation and industry leadership in 2017.""

Communications Service Providers and global enterprises around the world are leveraging Kandy to deliver proven, high-performance embedded communications including managed OTT mobility solutions for consumers and Business Solutions for enterprise from a private, hybrid or public cloud.

Commenting on the gathering of Industry Leaders, Jeff Seal, Managing Partner of Telecom Review North America added: ""Once again Telecom Review has brought together the leaders of the ICT/telecom industry. We were pleased to have GENBAND / Kandy join us in Dubai, a key region for the growth of today and tomorrow’s new technology solutions.""

GENBAND provides its leading solutions and technology to the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region through its regional office strategically located at the heart of Dubai, UAE in Dubai Silicon Oasis. The office was launched to cater to the company’s regional customer base with advanced real-time communications solutions.