Photo - FrogAsia's Executive Director Lou Yeoh (facing) explains FrogAsia's Transformation Programme to visitors at BETT.
Malaysia is the first nation in the world to adopt a virtual learning platform called Frog VLE developed by FrogTrade, which has been named ICT Provider of the year at the 2013 British Educational Training and Technology (Bett) Awards 2013 held recently in London.
More than 10,000 Malaysian government schools are being equipped with the Frog VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and 4G Internet connectivity under the 1BestariNet project, which is being carried out by YTL Communications and FrogAsia of the YTL Group, according to a statement from event co-organiser the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) director and chair of judging, Caroline Wright.
"Despite schools now realising that they do have strong available budgets, teachers are becoming more shrewd in assessing the aptness of products for their specific needs," said Wright. "Products therefore need to be of the highest standard to ensure that, aside from the initial purchase price, the total cost of ownership is low. This is what the judges have identified; products that offer the highest quality and are fit for purpose. These Bett Award finalists are certainly companies that schools can safely consider to be among the best available."
Frog managing director, Gareth Davies, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have won the BETT Award for ICT Company of the Year! We are always developing new innovative solutions, but no matter how big the company gets, we will always stay close to our customers. We have had a brilliant year at Frog, and it's great to be recognised with such a prestigious award. But the work doesn't stop here. We have so many exciting things coming up, like the launch of our new learning platform for tablets and the work with I Am Learning."
Davies said that winning the award was another achievement for the company, which has experienced an expansion from one million users in 700 schools to 12 million users in more than10,000 schools worldwide (10 million of which are users in Malaysia, where the landmark 1BestariNet project is being carried out).
Now in its 29th year, Bett is a global learning technology, which gathers together more than 30,000 industry leaders, practitioners, professionals and inspirational figures. Bett 2013, which lasted four days in early February, was held at ExCeL London.
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