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Emerging technologies win big at the 2020 Glotel Awards

The spoils were shared evenly at this year’s Global Telecoms Awards, but emerging technologies such as OpenRAN caught the eyes of the judges.

You can see the full list of winners below and find that only one company one more than once – last year’s big winner SK Telecom – which grabbed the ‘best operator’ award for the second year running. SK is being rewarded for its pioneering work on 5G and other trailblazing companies such as Rakuten Mobile, Altiostar and Parallel stood out too.

Congratulations to all this year’s worthy winners and thanks to everyone who got involved. In spite of everything, this has been another great year for telecoms and we’re delighted to be able to acknowledge all your work through the Glotel awards.


Advancing Artificial Intelligence
Advancing Artificial Intelligence

Winner: TechSee - TechSee Live

Automation Initiative of the Year
Automation Initiative of the Year

Winner: Robin.io - Robin Automation Platform

Best 5G Operator Innovation
Best 5G Operator Innovation

Winner: Vodafone UK – Ford private 5G network


Best Digital Transformation Project
Best Digital Transformation Project

Winner: MATRIXX Software - Three UK’s PayG

Best Operator
Best Operator

Winner: SK Telecom

Best Vendor 5G Innovation
Best Vendor 5G Innovation

Winner: Altiostar Networks - Container-Based, Cloud-Native 5G RAN software


BSS/OSS Transformation Excellence
BSS/OSS Transformation Excellence

Winner: STL - dTelco

Highly Commended: Netcracker Technology - Netcracker 2020

Connecting the Unconnected
Connecting the Unconnected

Winner: Orange - Orange Sanza

Highly Commended: Liquid Telecom - Fibre networks in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Consumer IoT Initiative of the Year
Consumer IoT Initiative of the Year

Winner: ZTE - AI-powered Smart Home Care Solution

Highly Commended: Tata Communications – MOVE


Digital Transformation Innovation
Digital Transformation Innovation

Winner: Netcracker Technology - Netcracker 2020 Digital Transformation Solution

Highly Commended: Huawei Technologies - Qingdao Haier 5G Smart Factory

Fixed Network Evolution
Fixed Network Evolution

Winner: Sky Italy and Amdocs - Sky Italy's WiFi service and Ultra Network powered by Amdocs Open Cloud Networks OSS

Highly Commended: Calix - everyPON on the AXOS Platform

Ground-breaking Virtualization Initiative
Ground-breaking Virtualization Initiative

Winner: Rakuten Mobile - Rakuten Mobile Network


Industrial IoT Initiative of the Year
Industrial IoT Initiative of the Year

Winner: SK Telecom - 5G Dual-Band Dual-Mode Industrial IoT Device and Its Application

Highly Commended: Vodafone UK – CoVision

Managed Services Innovation of the Year
Managed Services Innovation of the Year

Winner: Macquarie Telecom Group - Macquarie Cloud Services Azure Managed

Highly Commended: Comviva - Digital Services Content Management at Ooredoo Kuwait

Mobile Money Mastery
Mobile Money Mastery

Winner: Comviva - mobiquity Money - COVID-19 Response


Most Innovative Cloud Service
Most Innovative Cloud Service

Winner: Aptilo Networks - IoT Connectivity Control Service

Most Innovative Cloud Technology
Most Innovative Cloud Technology

Winner: Parallel Wireless - OpenRAN Controller

Highly Commended: Red Hat - Open Hybrid Cloud Technologies

Project Delivery Perfection
Project Delivery Perfection

Winner: Huawei Technology and Sunrise Communications - 5G Network Optimization Project

Highly Commended: Comarch - Service assurance solution for the first 5G telecommunications networks in Asia


Security Solution of the Year
Security Solution of the Year

Winner: Keysight Technologies - Threat Simulator

Telecoms Transformation
Telecoms Transformation

Winner: Ericsson - 5G Maritime Mesh Network

Highly Commended: Altiostar Networks - Container-Based, Cloud-Native 5G Open RAN software