Small Cell Forum Industry Awards 2012 Finalists Announced

Winners to be announced at Small Cell World Summit in London on June 27th

London, UK – 1st June 2012 – The Small Cell Forum, the independent industry and operator association that supports small cell deployment worldwide, today announced the finalists for the Small Cell Forum Industry Awards 2012. The awards recognise outstanding achievement within, and contributions to, the small cell industry. The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner on 27th June 2012 at Small Cell World Summit in London.

The awards were open to the whole industry and are judged independently of the Small Cell Forum by a panel of distinguished analysts, journalists and industry experts, chaired by David Chambers, Editor of ThinkSmallCell. The awards attracted entries from vendors and operators from across the world and the full spectrum of the mobile value chain.

The finalists for the Small Cell Forum Industry Awards 2012 are:

Residential femtocell access point design and technology innovation
•   Alcatel-Lucent – CPE Vendor Enablement Through Femtocell Software Licensing
•   Fujitsu – LTE/WiFi Femtocell AP for Residential Wireless Communications
•   Vodafone & Sagemcom – 3G Station Femtoplug

Non-residential design and technology innovation
•   Airspan – AirSynergy LTE Picocell with Integrated Wireless Backhaul
•   Alcatel-Lucent – 9764 Metro Cells and 9768 Metro Radios: lightRadio™
•   Ubiquisys & Intel – Smart Cell Devices

Small cell network element design and technology innovation
•   ip.access – Network Orchestration System
•   Nokia Siemens Networks – Flexi Zone
•   Vodafone & Spidercloud – Enterprise 3G Coverage and Capacity System

Small cell service or application
•   Aepona & Sixth Sense Media – MarketPlaces: Real-time Hyperlocal Mobile Marketing using Small Cells
•   Argela – PromoZone Application for Femtocell Networks
•   Quortus – EdgeCentrix: Turning Small Cells into Complete Mobile Networks

Innovation in commercial deployment
•   Alcatel-Lucent – First Live, Small Cell LTE HetNet on a Commercial Network
•   Cisco – Industry’s First Commercial Iuh Deployment
•   Vodafone & Spidercloud – Enterprise 3G Coverage and Capacity System

Commercial deployment – innovation in commercial deployment
•   Network Norway – Utilising Small Cells to Change the World of Business
•   SK Telecom & Contela & Mindspeed – The World’s First Data-Only Femto Service
•   Vodafone – Driving Innovation Through Consumer and Enterprise Femtocell Deployments

Commercial deployment – progress in deployment
•   Three – “Home Signal” femto service for home users — improving customer satisfaction and loyalty
•   Sprint – Commercial Deployment
•   Vodafone – Worldwide Deployment Centered Around Customer Needs and Benefits

Enabling technology (components, subsystems, modules, software, etc)
•   Alcatel-Lucent – Small Cell Planning Tools – Enabling Metro Cell Deployment and HetNet Creation
•   Radisys – Trillium TOTALeNodeB
•   Texas Instruments – New Multi-Standard SoC for Ultra-High Capacity Small Cells

Social vision – promoting small cells for social/economic/environmental development (open to all)
•   Supelec – Green Small Cell Flexible Networks
•   Tata Elxsi – Small Cell Based Personal Health Monitoring System
•   Vodafone – Femtocell solutions to enhance sustainable service access for rural and remote customers

Judges Choice
•   Argela – Welcome Cell
•   ip.access – Network Orchestration System Combined with the  Nanoconverge Solution
•   NEC & Colt – “Femto as a Service” Offering

Individual contribution to Small Cell Forum activities
•   Camillo Carlini – Telecom Italia               
•   Andy Tiller – For his work while at ip.access           
•   Jim Worsham – AT&T

“With analysts predicting that small cells will comprise almost 90% of all base stations by 2016, the products and organisations shortlisted for the Small Cell Forum awards could have a truly profound impact on the mobile industry. Femtocells may have fired the starting pistol in the new small cell movement, but these products and services encompass a wider range of solutions that have demanded genuinely innovative new approaches.I look forward to the awards ceremony when the industry will come together celebrate its greatest success stories,” said Professor Simon Saunders, The Small Cell Forum’s Chairman.

For more information on the Small Cell Forum Industry Awards 2012, please visit: https://www.smallcellforum.org/events/awards/

About The Small Cell Forum
The Small Cell Forum (www.smallcellforum.org), formerly known as the Femto Forum, supports the wide-scale adoption of small cells. Small cells are low-power wireless access points that operate in licensed spectrum, are operator-managed and feature edge-based intelligence. They provide improved cellular coverage, capacity and applications for homes and enterprises as well as metropolitan and rural public spaces. They include technologies variously described as femtocells, picocells, microcells and metrocells. The Forum has 137 members including 63 operators representing more than 1.99 billion mobile subscribers – 33% of the global total – as well as telecoms hardware and software vendors, content providers and innovative start-ups.

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