2019 GLOTEL AWARDS CATEGORIES
5G Implementation Excellence *NEW*
5G is finally here but do we know what to do with it? This award will be won by the best implementation of 5G in a live, commercial context. It could be a network, device, product or service but it needs to specifically use 5G technology and be more than just a trial or demonstration.
Advancing Artificial Intelligence *NEW*
As the transformation of the network into a software environment progresses rapidly, so do the opportunities to use artificial intelligence to augment it. The most significant AI advance in a telecoms context will win this award. This could include network management, customer experience management or general applications.
Automation Initiative of the Year
The management, optimisation and security of networks is becoming ever more automated as their complexity increases. This award will be won by the product, project or outcome that demonstrates the best use of automation in a telecoms context. We will also consider related automation initiatives such as autonomous vehicles.
Best 5G Innovation *NEW*
With 5G finally becoming a commercial reality it’s time to get serious about what we’re going to use it for. This award will go to the concept, prototype or finished product or service that best takes advantage of the 5G opportunity. Unlike the 5G Implementation category pre-commercial projects can apply for this award, but you will need to demonstrate how it will eventually be commercialised.
Best Digital Transformation Project
Digital transformation is a broad concept encompassing all the ways in which businesses can move their products, processes, communication and underlying culture into the digital age. In the context of telecoms this has become especially critical in the smartphone era as consumer expectations have rapidly shifted in the digital direction. This award will be won by the project that has done most to bring about digital transformation in an organisation and can best demonstrate the resulting benefits.
Best Operator *NEW*
The telecoms industry is ultimately about operators (or carriers as they’re sometimes called) so it seems only right that they be recognised in these awards. The winner will be the operator that can best demonstrate significant achievement over the past couple of years by whichever KPIs you want it to be judged. These could include business growth, technological achievement or product innovation.
BSS/OSS transformation excellence
Telecoms consumers are becoming increasingly demanding when it comes to the value, flexibility and relevance of their communications services. For telecoms companies BSS is the frontline technology for interacting with their customers and therefore is more business-critical than ever. Meanwhile it’s also vital that OSS provides the agility to allow operators to meet demand. This award will go the BSS and/or OSS initiative that demonstrates the greatest innovation and commercial benefit to its users.
Connecting the Unconnected
A surprising proportion of the global population still have limited access to communication technologies, which have been consistently shown to improve independence, productivity and standard of living once acquired. Judges will be looking for evidence of uptake within the groups addressed and the benefits provided as well as innovation in the use of the network, equipment, products, solutions or service provision.
Consumer IoT Initiative of the Year *NEW*
As the Internet of Things finally enters its commercial phase, this award will recognise any initiative that develops IoT in a consumer setting. Successful entries are likely to be those that demonstrate significant advancements in the technology of IoT or those that realised significant commercial benefits. Typical consumer IoT implementations include: smart devices, smart home and connected cars.
Digital Transformation Innovation *NEW*
As the concept of digital transformation matures, do does the understanding of what it really means in a telecoms context. This award will be won by the concept, product or project that demonstrates the greatest innovation around that concept Unlike the digital transformation project category pre-commercial projects can apply for this award, but you will need to demonstrate how it will eventually be commercialised.
Fixed Network Evolution
This award recognises excellence in the field of residential, wholesale or enterprise fixed broadband – such as FTTH or G.fast. A successful entry will demonstrate how network innovations are delivering new levels of service quality for customers; generating new revenue streams or business models; or disrupting competitive markets. Ideal entrants would be from ISPs, cable operators, fibre providers or network solutions vendors.
Ground-breaking Virtualization Initiative
NFV and SDN have rapidly moved from concept to trial to real-world implementation. Virtualization will be a cornerstone of the next generation of telecoms technology and the time to invest in it is now. This award will be won by the virtualization initiative or project that is shown to have done the most to move things forward in the area of virtualized network functions and advance the general cause of virtualization in the context of telecoms.
Industrial IoT Initiative of the Year *NEW*
As the Internet of Things finally enters its commercial phase, this award will recognise any initiative that develops IoT in an industrial setting. Successful entries are likely to be those that demonstrate significant advancements in the technology of IoT or those that realised significant commercial benefits. Typical industrial Io
Innovating inside the Cloud *NEW*
Rather than looking at technologies that help telcos get into the cloud, this award will go to the products or projects that show the greatest innovation around what they do once they get there. Entries will need to be as close to ‘cloud native’ as possible and demonstrate both how effectively they operate in that environment and what benefits they confer to the telco.
Managed Services Innovation of the Year
As the telecoms industry becomes ever more complex, CSPs are increasingly turning to managed services to help them stay on top of it. This award will be won by the entry that can demonstrate innovation in managed service provision resulting in the most significant benefit to the customer. This could be any kind of managed service and any kind of telecoms customer.
Mobile Device Innovation *NEW*
With smartphone makers struggling to persuade consumers to upgrade and IoT set to open up the range of things we can connect to, there has never been greater need for innovation in the mobile device market. This award will go to the product, app or service that best demonstrates significant progress in the way we use mobile devices.
Mobile Money Mastery
Telecommunications is revolutionising the way the world handles money from payments, to credit, to banking and every year there are significant breakthroughs in this area. The Mobile Money Mastery award will be presented to the company, product or initiative that demonstrates the greatest innovation in the provision of financial services via telecommunications networks and/or mobile devices.
Most Innovative Cloud Service
Over and above the specific benefits of NFV, the cloud looms large on the telecoms horizon. Whether its SDN, ‘as a service’ business processes or simply the demand on the network generated by the need to constantly communicate with the cloud, this is one of the defining technological tends of our time. The winner will be the submission that demonstrates the most innovative approach to the cloud and the opportunities it presents for telecoms companies.
Project Delivery Perfection *NEW*
This new category is specifically designed to recognise a telecoms project that came to its conclusion in 2018 or 2019. No concepts, product launches or works-in-progress will be accepted, only completed project. The winner will be the one that can demonstrate the best business outcome at its conclusion, be that commercial, technological or whatever other KPI works for you.
Security Solution of the Year
Security frailties have repeatedly made headlines over the past 12 months, as such this category will award excellence cyber threats mitigation for to telecoms operators. Entries will demonstrate excellence in fields such as SS7 security, protection against fraudulent activity, DDoS mitigation, data protection, cloud security and everything in between. Judges will be looking to understand the threats prevented, the impact to business and the technologies utilised to defend networks.
This award focuses on any commercial or technological initiatives that have resulted in a significant improvement in communications service delivery. This category is unconstrained by technology type and is designed to reward any innovation in the telecoms space. Judges are looking for projects yielding substantial business gain to the CSP community.