5G FAPI suite continues to evolve to meet industry needs

SCF has updated its 5G FAPI suite, and released a new specification SCF229 5G FAPI Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) Protocol For Inline High-PHY, bringing to Open RAN fuller virtualized support of inline High-PHY implementations in O-RAN Alliance architecture. These latest releases are further indication of the FAPI suite evolving and meeting industry requirements, and it demonstrates SCF’s commitment to consistently updating and expanding the APIs.


The SCF Industry Awards – Winners

The SCF Industry Awards is the only entirely independent awards event supporting technical innovation in, and the deployment of agile, cost-effective, scalable, cellular infrastructure and solutions by established and emerging service providers. The winners have been announced below.  


The 2023 winners

1 Excellence in commercial deployment by a service provider

awards star Winner

WINNER - Jio Platforms

Jio 5G Small Cells – A complete plan to build an automated solution, integrated seamlessly for easy and swift large-scale commercial deployment

FINALIST - Freshwave and Three UK

Freshwave works with Three UK to create the world’s first fully commercialized JOTS Neutral Host In-Building approach

FINALIST - Shared Access

National Gallery – Shared Access chosen to provide neutral host solution

2 Excellence in commercial deployment by a private network operator

awards star Winner

WINNER - Vilicom, a BAI Communications company

A private network for the Moray East wind farm

FINALIST - Airspan, Druid Software, Betacom and Teltech

Private 5G Network for Smart Warehouse Automation


Petco Park Drives Revenue with Boingo Private Networks

3 Outstanding small cell technology in commercial use

awards star Winner

WINNER - Freshwave

Small Cells and the City: Freshwave deploys the UK’s first truly shareable 4G and 5G multi-operator network pilot in the City of London

FINALIST - Jio Platforms

Jio 5G ODSC – Jio’s unique home grown 5G Outdoor Small Cell (ODSC) is a compact, single-box, zero-footprint solution

FINALIST - Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Qualcomm FSM 5G RAN Platform – Accelerating 5G deployments globally with small, flexible, scalable and cost-effective infrastructure solutions

4 Outstanding software and services technology for small cells, in commercial use

awards star Winner


Flexible 5G Small Cell Software and 5G Small Cell Specific Services

FINALIST - LITEON and the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

Secure Communication Scheme


Energy-Saving based RAN Planning

5 Outstanding contribution to emerging technology, architecture and open networks

awards star Winner

WINNER - Airspan

Small Cells and the Functional Split Puzzle: Insights from the Front Lines

FINALIST - Microamp Solutions

Industry’s first 5G mmWave O-RAN Radio Unit in split 7.2x

FINALIST - Mavenir

Single Indoor 5G Small-Cell Radio with Open RAN Multi-Split support, for Cost Efficient In-Building Connectivity

6 Outstanding innovation in chips or components to enable small cell networks

awards star Winner

WINNER - Satelles

STL for 5G Small Cell Timing Synchronization

FINALIST - AccelerComm

AccelerComm’s LEOPhy – Enabling 5G Satellite Small Cells


High-performance, power-efficient, and BOM-conscious RF Front-End Components

7 Commercial product or service to enable multi-operator and neutral host business models

awards star Winner

WINNER - CommScope

CommScope ONECELL Direct

FINALIST - Enersys

EnerSys® Alpha® BSC outdoor small cell gateway


SOLiD – Genesis DAS – Enabling Connectivity Everywhere

8 Social impact – promoting small cells for social/economic/environmental development

awards star Winner

WINNER - ZenFi, a BAI Communications company

Link 5G project in New York

FINALIST - Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Small Cell innovation within a Private Network lays a foundation to close the digital divide by connecting unconnected school districts

9 Women in wireless

awards star Winner

WINNER - Rebecca Gray

awards star Winner

WINNER - Lianne East

awards star Winner

WINNER - Vicky Messer


10 Judges Choice

awards star Winner

WINNER - LITEON and the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

Secure Communication Scheme


AI-native RIC solution for 5G racing drones

FINALIST - Freshwave and Three UK

Freshwave works with Three UK to create the world’s first fully commercialised JOTS Neutral Host In-Building approach

11 Outstanding contribution to SCF activities

awards star Winner

WINNER – Jussi Kahtava, Spectrum and Standards Engineer, Dense Air

For outstanding contribution to driving SCF’s regulatory agenda

Key benefits


Caroline Gabriel

Research Director & Co-Founder, Rethink Technology Research

Dean Bubley

Founder, Disruptive Analysis

Keith Dyer

Editor, The Mobile Network

Mark Keenan

Director, Real Wireless

Roberto Kompany

Principal Analyst, Service Provider Networks, Omdia

Sue Rudd

Director Networks and Service Platforms, Strategy Analytics Inc.