Shortlist 2018

The wait is over, we can reveal to you the finalists in the SCF Small Cell Awards.

Celebrating the very best in industry innovation and commercial excellence across 10 categories, the Small Cell Awards are now in their tenth year.

Our category finalists represent the depth and breadth of the industry and the diverse and impressive developments in small cells in 2017 and 2018.

The winners will be revealed at the SCF Small Cell Awards evening, 22 May in London, as part of SCWS World.

2018 Shortlist

Excellence in commercial deployment (Residential)

  • Sprint & Airspan Networks – Sprint LTE Magic Box
  • Opencell – Chiltern Place multi-operator deployment

Excellence in commercial deployment (Urban)

  • Nokia– Royal Botanic Garden Sydney small cell network
  • CCS – City of London small cell backhaul network
  • Ericsson & AT&T – AT&T and Ericsson deploy LTE LAA small cells

Excellence in commercial deployment (Enterprise)

  • AECOM, Opencell & Corning– Enterprise connectivity for AECOM’s HQ
  • Nokia – Flexi Zone shopping mall and public building deployments
  • ClearSky Technologies – FORTE® multi-operator enterprise small cells

Excellence in commercial deployment of rural, remote and temporary small cells 

  • Parallel Wireless & Ice Wireless – Connecting the unconnected in Canada
  • Turkcell – Drone cell with LTE relay

HetNet software and services – Management and automation

  • Parallel Wireless & Telefonica  – Big Data and vAnalytics improving network performance
  • Airhop Communications – HetNet Performance Insight with eSON360
  • Innovile – End-to-end automation for small cell deployments

Deployment of new architectures enabling the dense HetNet

  • Huawei – SME small BTS solution with LTE backhaul
  • Turkcell– Deployment of HetNet cluster in Summer City
  • Corning – SpiderCloud Zero Touch Provisioning System

Commercial small cell design and technology (Network & Xhaul)

  • HPE & Softbank – World’s first dedicated PCRF for small cells
  • ZTE Corporation – ZTE Intelligent Relay eNB solution
  • Mavenir & BT – Testing and validating the benefits of Cloud RAN (vRAN) using non-ideal infrastructure for fronthaul.

Outstanding innovation in small cell technology or architecture

  • Ericsson & Verizon – CBRS technology advance with Verizon
  • Nokia – Giga Site Enclosure
  • Accelleran – Architecture-agnostic small cell RAN-vRAN solutions

Outstanding innovation in small cell business case

  • Nokia – Private LTE to transform enterprises
  • Huawei – LampSite indoor sharing to support PLA
  • Opencell – Multi-operator in-building coverage using small cells

Social impact – Promoting small cells for social/economic/environmental development

  • American Tower – Smart Fusion Pole connected lighting solution
  • Parallel Wireless & Telefonica – Connecting LATAM’s unconnected with Telefonica
  • ZTE Corporation – Magic Pole connected lighting solution

Award winners 2017

  • Chair’s Award


    Ray Williamson For recognizing the need to develop different & better business models

  • Judges’ Award


    Cisco Open-nFAPI: An Open Source Project to Accelerate the Adoption of Small Cell Forum’s nFAPI Defined Virtualized Small Cell Architecture

  • Individual Contribution to Small Cell Forum Activities


    Tim Carey For leading the definition of the TR-069 based nFAPI PNF management mode

  • Individual Contribution to Small Cell Forum Activities


    Tim Carey For leading the definition of the TR-069 based nFAPI PNF management mode

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