Sydney, 7 July 2021 – Communications Alliance is proud to announce the 2021 finalists in the communications industry’s premier awards for excellence, the ACOMMS, which recognise exemplary achievement across 12 categories of endeavour.

The 2021 ACOMM winners will be honoured at a gala dinner on the evening of 18 August at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, attended by the Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, The Hon. Paul Fletcher MP and the Shadow Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland MP. Minister Fletcher will deliver a keynote address at the event.

The short-listed nominees in all award categories are a showcase of talent from across the sector, illustrative of the industry’s innovation to harness the benefits of next-generation networks, connectivity solutions, transformed customer service approaches and available-anywhere, advanced services and applications.

Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton said: “the 2021 ACOMMs finalists powerfully reflect the prominent areas of innovation and technological advancement driving the sector, including:

  • the welcome and accelerating drive for greater diversity and inclusion within the workforces and working environments of players in the sector;
  • the race for higher speed, higher throughput data services over the airwaves, in the home and office and under the seas;
  • the burgeoning growth of the Australian space industry; and
  • the agile and effective responses by the communications sector to customers facing adversity through the tragic consequences of natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Diversity and Inclusion category nominations continue to showcase companies that have embraced and ingrained throughout their organisations the need to celebrate an inclusive culture that ultimately benefits staff and the organisation alike.

“There are great stories behind the commitment to excellence on display from all finalists. I congratulate and wish them well in the 2021 ACOMM Awards,” Mr Stanton said.

The ACOMM Awards are proudly presented by Communications Alliance.  

The MNF Group is the 2021 Title Sponsor of the ACOMMS, with Mirait Gold Sponsors, Facebook Silver Sponsors, Bird & Bird, nbn and Ericsson Bronze Sponsors.

The 2021 ACOMM Awards finalists are:

Communications Ambassador

  • Announced on the night

Innovation (large)

  • Aussie Broadband - Carbon business platform
  • Optus - Donate Your Data™
  • Optus - Optus 5G network launch at Optus Stadium, Perth.

Innovation (SME)

  • NNNCo - NNNCo N-Station, the Plug-and-Play, Portable LoRaWAN Gateway
  • Rising Connection - Multicarrier and platform agnostic network connectivity services
  • Soprano Design - Whole-of-Government Communications Solution
  • Think Pickle - Pickle Portal

Australian Space Industry Award

  • Optus - OPTUS 11, new cutting-edge satellite technology
  • Vocus - Business Internet-Satellite

Commitment to Customer Service

  • Aussie Broadband - The Unconventional Telco
  • Optus - Community of Experts
  • Telstra - EME Education Campaign – Telstra’s Chief 5G Investigator
  • TPG Telecom - COVID rapid response measures   

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Aussie Broadband - “Inclusion first” program
  • MNF Group - Women@MNF
  • NBN Co - nbn Equals 
  • TPG Telecom - Dream Connection Program – Goanna Education

Services to Industry - Professional Services

  • .au Domain Administration - Implementing new rules to keep the .au domain trusted and secure.
  • Bird & Bird - Ground-breaking legal services
  • Clayton Utz - Legal Services
  • Telstra - Telstra Business Go Digital

Best Mobile Solution

  • Goodtel - Mobile plans that give back
  • Optus - Optus ultra-high speed 5G network
  • Optus - Optus Pause
  • Soprano Design - Soprano Connect


  • Goodtel - The nbn and mobile plans that are good for you and the planet.
  • TPG Telecom - felix mobile: one tree planted

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  • CANOPUS Networks - Telescope
  • NBN Co - nbn’s Intelligent FAQs
  • Nokia - Nokia Scene Analytics

Community Contribution

  • Aussie Broadband - Community Impact Program
  • Goodtel - Supporting our charity partners and community
  • Optus - Donate Your Data™
  • Telstra - Supporting the nation through fires and pandemic

Vendor Innovation

  • Ribbon Communications - Ribbon Connect for Microsoft Teams Direct Routing
  • Soprano Design - Whole-of-Government communications solution
  • Ericsson Australia - Ericsson's 5G Leadership & Innovation in Australia

Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the  communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet  service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.

The most influential association in Australian communications, co-operatively initiating programs that promote sustainable industry development, innovation and growth, while generating positive outcomes for customers and society.  To create a co-operative stakeholder environment that allows the industry to take the lead on initiatives which grow the Australian communications industry, enhance the connectivity of all Australians and foster the highest standards of business behaviour.  For more details about Communications Alliance, see www.commsalliance.com.au.

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