About this Category

The Best Mobile Network Infrastructure Award recognizes the importance of the fundamental elements of the mobile network; the Radio Access Network (RAN), the transport and back haul and the Core Network (CN). These make up the ‘engine room’ of any mobile operator’s network and are paramount to the success of any operator’s business. This award is specifically looking for entries that demonstrate substantial reductions to the life cycle costs of operating a network.

This award is open to all players in the mobile sector and all participating organisations that are developing a wide range of advanced mobile infrastructure solutions.

2019 Winner

Ericsson for 5G high-band Massive MIMO

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Daryl Schoolar

Ovum

Principal Analyst

Stéphane Téral

IHS

Executive Director

Monica Paolini

Senza Fili Consulting

Principal Analyst

Ron Weintraub

Azenby

Consultant

Bengt Nordstrom

Northstream

CEO

Ken Rehbehn

CritComm Insights

Principal Analyst

Danson Njue

Ovum

Research Analyst

Dimitra Simeonidou

University of Bristol

Professor of High Performance Networks

Emmy Johnson

SkyLight Research

Prinicpal Analyst

Kun Yang

University of Essex

Head of the Network Convergence Laboratory

Sue Rudd

Strategy Analystics

Director

Nipun Jaiswal

KPMG

Strategy Manager

Tarun Pathak

Counterpoint Research

Associate Director

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About this Category

The Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough Award highlights the contribution that Mobile Operators, manufacturers and suppliers make to increase mobile usage, expand the user experience and help expand business opportunities.

It is designed to capture breakthrough technology enhancement in the entire mobile ecosystem. This very wide ranging space includes components, microprocessors, memory, chips sets, screens, audio, batteries, operating systems and APIs, to name but a few and also looks at design innovation and form-factors. It recognises the tremendous diversity of the mobile eco-system as it continues to innovate and add new dimensions to the customer experience.

This award is open to all players in the mobile eco-system and all participating organisations that are developing a wide range of advanced mobile solutions.

2019 Winner

Huawei for 5G Uplink & Downlink Decoupling

About this Category

The Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough Award highlights the contribution that Mobile Operators, manufacturers and suppliers make to increase mobile usage, expand the user experience and help expand business opportunities.

It is designed to capture breakthrough technology enhancement in the entire mobile ecosystem. This very wide ranging space includes components, microprocessors, memory, chips sets, screens, audio, batteries, operating systems and APIs, to name but a few and also looks at design innovation and form-factors. It recognises the tremendous diversity of the mobile eco-system as it continues to innovate and add new dimensions to the customer experience.

This award is open to all players in the mobile eco-system and all participating organisations that are developing a wide range of advanced mobile solutions.

2019 Winner

Athonet for Athonet BubbleCloud

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 – (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Please confirm that your company Annual Global Revenue is under $10million – (Y/N)
  6. Is this product or service is a new release or update to an existing version? – (Y/N) Please note that it is only the new release enhanced features or functions that the judges will consider in their analysis.

Marked questions

  1. What are the key benefits for the mobile industry of your technology breakthrough?
  2. Please describe what is unique, new or innovative about your product or solution
  3. In what demonstrable ways does your new technology enhance the end-user experience?
  4. To what extent does your technology change the economics of the mobile industry?
  5. Please give additional background information to support your entry. For example, why is it good value for customers and, specifically, what evidence is there that a large user following has been established.

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

About this Category

This award is designed to highlight outstanding innovations that are changing the way that future software-based networks function, leading to dramatic changes in network costs, functionality and/or business cases. Including, but not exhaustive to the use of NFVs and SDNs.

This award is open to all players in the mobile eco-system, and all participating organisations that are developing and innovating a wide range of advanced network software solutions and services.

2019 Winner

KT for Integrated Orchestrator Platform for customized B2B service

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 – (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Please confirm that your company Annual Global Revenue is over $10million – (Y/N)
  6. Please describe the nature of the entry and the industry challenge it addresses? i.e. how does it actually work, and what is the network or user proposition? Please describe it as accurately and simply as possible (approx. 100 words)

Marked questions

  1. What is the major aspect of the innovation for network software and what are the unique elements of it?
  2. What makes the innovation stand out?
  3. To what extent could it drive down the cost for mobile deployment?
  4. How does it empower value creation or benefits for customers, networks, partners or the broader eco-system?
  5. How does it enable consistent experiences and sustainable business models or technology strategies?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

About this Category

This award is designed to highlight outstanding innovations that are changing the way that future software-based networks function, leading to dramatic changes in network costs, functionality and/or business cases. Including, but not exhaustive to the use of NFVs and SDNs.

This award is open to all players in the mobile eco-system and all participating organisations that are developing and innovating a wide range of advanced network software solutions and services.

2019 Winner

Athonet for Athonet BubbleCloud

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 – (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Please confirm that your company Annual Global Revenue is under $10million – (Y/N)
  6. Please describe the nature of the entry and the industry challenge it addresses? i.e. how does it actually work, and what is the network or user proposition? Please describe it as accurately and simply as possible (approx. 100 words)

Marked questions

  1. What is the major aspect of the innovation for network software and what are the unique elements of it?
  2. What makes the innovation stand out?
  3. To what extent could it drive down the cost for mobile deployment?
  4. How does it empower value creation or benefits for customers, networks, partners or the broader eco-system?
  5. How does it enable consistent experiences and sustainable business models or technology strategies?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

About this Category:

This award will recognise the best use of technology to safeguard customers’ personal data and/or help network operators and service providers’ combat fraudulent access to networks.

This applies to products and solutions deployed on the full range of the mobile (or cellular) networks and services. We are looking here for network based products and solutions that protect customers and/or networks against fraud, hacking and cyber-attacks.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions and applications to combat fraud and protect security utilising mobile connectivity.

2019 Winner

Nok Nok S3 Authentication Suite (Nok Nok S3 Suite)

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product was deployed and/or in “live” service during 2019 – (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm your product/initiative leverages 2G/3G/4G/5G connectivity (Y/N)
  5. Is this product or service is a new release or update to an existing version? – (Y/N) Please note that it is only the new release enhanced features or functions that the judges will consider in their analysis.
  6. Please describe the nature of the entry, the challenge it addresses and the user proposition (approx. 100 words)

Marked questions

  1. How and to what extent does your technology protect, enhance or safeguard customers or service providers of mobile services?
  2. Give evidence of the market success or take up rate of your technology
  3. Please describe what is unique, new or innovative about your technology
  4. Does your technology allow the user to personalise and customise their services to protect their preferred usage in services? Alternatively, how easy is it for a service provider to implement the solution if it is a network protection solution?
  5. Please describe what steps have been taken to ensure the security, robustness and interoperability of your product or service
  6. In what ways will the end user or the service provider feel more secure after using your product and service and how do you believe this will increase use of mobile services?
  7. Explain the business case for network operators or the value proposition to end users if the solution is related directly to customers

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

About this Category

Behind every technological advancement and zeitgeist shift in the sector there are organisations who have relentlessly dedicated their time, resources and energy to change our understanding of how truly transformational 5G will be for industry and society.

With this award, we recognise an industry-wide pioneer in 5G technology, R&D, trailing and demonstration and/or standards development. The winning submission needs to truly excite the judges with their successes in innovating and ability to showcase implementation and application of 5G technology.

This award is open to all organisations that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions, and applications geared towards the burgeoning 5G market.

2019 Winner

Nokia for Nokia 5G Future X – Unleashing the Potential of 5G

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity
  2. Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations?
  3. Please confirm this product or service was in live trial or similar in 2019 – (Y/N)
  4. Please confirm that any products or services involved are standards based (Y/N)

Marked questions

  1. Tell us what is unique about your vision of 5G and approach to 5G development
  2. How have you contributed to 5G technology research and development and/or standards development?
  3. Please describe how you have/or plan to incorporate 5G technology for social good?
  4. In what measurable ways has your technology impacted the end-user group so far?
  5. How do you plan to continue contributing to the development of 5G technology?
  6. What else makes you a 5G leader? Please provide any additional information you’d like to tell us to support your entry.

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

About this Category

5G technology has the potential to enable further digital transformation in a wide range of sectors and industries, and to bring high economic and social value. However, for this to happen, it takes true collaboration between the mobile industry, enterprises and governments to drive the adoption of 5G within a given domain.

This prize rewards partnerships, which show credible ambitions and sustainable economic models in achieving their 5G project, partnerships that demonstrate how 5G can truly transform industries to ultimately bring 5G to life for a better future.

This award is open to all types of partnerships that provide mobile products, devices, services, solutions, and applications. Submissions need to be joint with an enterprise partner and/or government body to truly demonstrate cross-sector partnership in action.

2019 Winner

Hamburg Port Authority, Deutsche Telekom & Nokia for First Large Scale Industrial Commercial 5G Trial

JUDGING QUESTIONS

On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

Non-marked Questions

  1. What is the name of your entry? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards materials and publicity.
  2. Please confirm this is a joint entry? – (Y/N)
  3. Please name the partnering organisation(s)
  4. Please confirm this product or service was in live trial or similar in 2019 – (Y/N)
  5. Please confirm that any products or services involved are standards based (Y/N)
  6. Please describe your 5G project (approx. 250 words)

Marked questions

  1. What are the key benefits of your 5G project for the mobile industry as well as for the vertical industry(ies) involved? Please describe what is unique, new or innovative about your initiative.
  2. In what demonstrable ways does your new technology enhance the end-user experience?
  3. How are the project partners involved? Tell us how many partners are currently engaged and what are future partnership plans?
  4. What impact have you seen to date? We’re looking for both quantitative and qualitative measurable evidence of success and impact
  5. Please describe how you have used 5G technology for social good?
  6. What is the vision for future growth?
  7. Is there any additional information you’d like to tell us to support your entry?

Please answer the above in approximately 250 words per question.

You can also submit a URL link to supporting material.

About this Category

The Overall Mobile Technology winner will stand as the ‘supreme’ champion of mobile technology for 2020 and as such, be recognised with this special achievement.

Our panel of distinguished industry experts (comprised of more than 20 CTOs, from every continent) select the overall technology winner from the eight best ‘Mobile Tech’ in 2020 award winners.

Entries are not required for this award (see below)

2019 Winner

Athonet for Athonet BubbleCloud

Process

The process is as follows: The winner from each of our eight Mobile Tech awards (shown below) will be put before our panel of CTO judges to select what, in their opinion, is the Outstanding Mobile Technology Award winner for 2020.

  1. Best Mobile Network Infrastructure
  2. Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough (Companies over $10million Annual Global Revenue)
  3. Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough (Companies under $10million Annual Global Revenue)
  4. Best Network Software Breakthrough (Companies over $10million Annual Global Revenue)
  5. Best Network Software Breakthrough (Companies under $10million Annual Global Revenue)
  6. Best Mobile Authentication & Security Solution
  7. 5G Leadership Award
  8. 5G Industry Partnership Award

Judging Criteria

The judges will be looking at how well entries meet the following key criteria:

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