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5G MENA Awards - A celebration of excellence in the MENA 5G and IoT industry

Co-located with the Cloud MENA Awards

About the 5G MENA Awards

Welcome to the second annual 5G MENA Awards. One of the highlights for your 2017 calendar, the awards will once again celebrate excellence in the MENA region’s LTE & 5G community, and offer an exceptional opportunity for the industry’s top players to meet, showcase their achievements, and be inspired.

Co-located with the Cloud MENA awards, the evening will recognise the latest and the greatest of innovative, top level solutions and companies making an impact and representing the best in the region.

With six Awards on offer in 2017, this is a fantastic opportunity for companies across the 5G, LTE and IoT sector to promote themselves at the highest level.


The Burj Club, Rooftop

Taking the alfresco experience to new heights, the Burj Club Rooftop is the venue for the 5G MENA Awards Ceremony 2017. 

Join the MENA region’s leaders in 5G, LTE, IoT and Cloud for a glamourous evening of dinner, relaxed discussions, and networking. When business isn’t on the menu, talk of travel, music, fine wines…or simply enjoy the breath-taking panoramic view that extends before you.

With an unbeatable ambiance, culinary finesse, and exotic beverages, this is a magical backdrop to celebrate the achievements of the best in the industry.

A lavish dinner at the world’s tallest building and your name on an award trophy - you're sure to be left feeling sky-high.

Date: Monday 1 May 2017
Time: Starts 18:00
Tickets: $299 per person

5G MENA Awards Categories 2017

1. Biggest Contribution to 5G R&D

This award will recognise an individual or collaborative effort in developing a vision and technology for 5G and future network deployment. The award is open to companies capable of demonstrating that they have made a significant contribution to 5G network development and research, and how this will impact future infrastructure and deployment.

2. Most Significant Development of a Commercial LTE Network (Operators Only)

This award recognises the most significant development of a commercial LTE network. Entrants are required to describe their achievements, state how they are significant compared to other operators’, examples of how the network was developed, how it was commercially successful and how it has improved the end user experience.

3. Best NVF/SDN Solution

The Best NFV/SDN Solution award is open to companies capable of demonstrating that they have made a significant impact in facilitating the development of the NFV/SDN market over the last year. Companies should have devised an innovative NFV Proof of Concept or introduced a new service which will help revolutionise the market, remove barriers and help make technology virtualisation a reality.

4. Best Test/Measurement Solution

This award recognises network and/or device testing products that are exceptional in their area. Entrants are required to describe their testing product, state why the product is different to others in the market, examples of its use and what the impact has been to measure true LTE performance in real life conditions in the market.

5. Best IoT Application/Service

This award recognises innovative Internet of Things (IoT) devices/ products/ applications/ services/ solutions that address a specific challenge, or enable a specific outcome that was not previous achievable. Companies should have devised an innovative solution which will help revolutionise the market, and make a significant impact for future IoT network/ architecture/ technology development.

6. Operator CTO of the Year

This will recognise the hard work and passion of the most prominent mobile technology leaders in the region. The Judges will be looking for an exemplary individual who is a true guru in the industry, able to influence the current developments for LTE in the region but also influence the future of 5G network developments and technologies.

The Judging Panel

Each category is independently judged by our neutral panel of industry analysts and specialists. Each application will be scored based on set criteria, the top scoring applicants shortlisted prior to the event.

  • Johann Adjovi, Principal and Head of Middle East, ANALYSYS MASON
  • Benoy C S, Director & Head, Digital Transformation Practice – MENASA, FROST & SULLIVAN
  • Mohammed Al Shawwa, General Manager, ARAB ADVISORS GROUP

Congratulations to our 2016 Winners!

Best 5G Innovator - Huawei Technologies
Fastest LTE Network (Vendors) - Ericsson
Fastest LTE Network (Operators) - Kuwait VIVA
Best Innovation in HetNet Development - Ericsson
SDN/NFV Innovation of the Year - ADVA Optical Networking
Best LTE Test Measurement Solution - Etisalat