From record number of entries, Small Cell Forum announces award shortlist

London, UK: From a record number of entries, the Small Cell Forum has announced the shortlist for the 2014 Small Cell Forum Small Cell Industry Awards. Now in its sixth year, the awards this year include new categories to reflect the diverse nature of the industry.

Open to the entire ecosystem of companies in the small cell market, the awards evening will take place on Wednesday 11th June in London, as part of the Small Cells World Summit. The winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges, chaired by Caroline Gabriel, Research Director, Maravedis-Rethink Technology Research. In addition to the category awards, there will also be special awards announced on the night.

“The entries for this year’s Small Cell Forum annual awards have been of a very high quality,” said Caroline Gabriel. “The wide range of submissions reflects the way that a broad ecosystem is growing around small cells, with many different technologies and services coming into play. That has made the judging process challenging but very interesting. It was helped by the new set of categories, which the Small Cell Forum drew up this year. These recognise newer areas which have become important to the business case, like specialised backhaul, and also put a greater emphasis on commercial deployment. As always, it has been great to see the enthusiasm of the industry for the awards, and how seriously they are taken.”

The finalists for the 2014 Small Cell Forum Small Cell Industry Awards are:

Innovation in commercial deployment

  • Alcatel-Lucent – LTE Metro Cell/Radio Deployments
  • China Unicom & Huawei – China Unicom & Huawei LampSite – World’s Largest Indoor LTE Small Cell Deployment in Beijing Capital Airport
  • SK Telecom – Innovation in Commercial Deployment

Small cell innovation leadership

  • Airspan – AirSynergy 3000: The World’s First Holistic Small Cell
  • Alcatel-Lucent – First Site Certification program for Small cells
  • SpiderCloud & Intel – Intel Edge Cloud Processing with SpiderCloud E-RAN

Small cell access point design and technology innovation

  • Cisco – Cisco Dramatically Lowers the Cost of Enterprise Small Cell Deployments
  • SpiderCloud – SpiderCloud Wireless Enterprise Dual-Band 3G/LTE Radio Node
  • Texas Instruments – Texas Instruments’ TCI6630K2L: Industry’s Most Power and BOM Optimized Small Cell Solution

Small cell network element design and technology innovation

  • Huawei – Service Anchor – Huawei innovative platform for indoor MBB service
  • SK Telecom, Contela & Intel – Evolving small cell as a new wireless ECO system
  • Vodafone, HP & SpiderCloud – Enabling Context Aware Applications for People and Internet of Things

Small cell backhaul design and technology innovation

  • Cambridge Communication Systems – Self Organising Small Cell Backhaul
  • Huawei – Small, Flexible, Powerful Backhaul Building Blocks
  • Quortus & Avanti – Project HYDRA: 4G Small Cells via Ka-band Satellite for First Responders

Small cell tool design and technology innovation

  • Cisco – Cisco Quantum SON for Small Cells
  • Nokia – Services for HetNets
  • Vodafone & iBwave – Transforming customer focussed small cell indoor design and delivery

Small cell technology and deployment enablers

  • Accedian Networks – Automated Service Activation Test & Performance Monitoring with NFV & Virtualized Instrumentation
  • JDSU – JDSU SCAS (Small Cell Assurance Solution)
  • Nokia – NSN Dynamic ANDSF

Individual contribution to Small Cell Forum

  • Alex Reznik, InterDigital for leading the development of the Caching whitepaper and his work resolving the LTE Services API.
  • Benoit Fleury, iBwave for producing key sections of the deployment whitepaper and supporting the general review and editing of the overall document.
  • Eric Colard, Microsemi for first introducing the idea of a Release Program as a mechanism to organize our work and for driving the Synchronization for LTE Small Cells whitepaper.
  • Göran Coster, Ericsson for his active and significant contributions to deployment activities.
  • Mike Starsinic, InterDigital for his consistent and significant contributions to the development of all of the NET-WG deliverables in the Enterprise and Urban releases.
  • Peter Musgrove, AT&T for his strong contributions to REG and NET collaborations and ongoing and outstanding contributions to SCF work over the years.
  • Rama Akella, AirHop for leading the creation of the SON Use Cases document for R2 (Enterprise) and R3 (Urban Foundation).

For more information on the Small Cell Forum Small Cell Industry Awards 2014, please visit:www.smallcellforum.org/events/awards/

About the Small Cell Forum
The Small Cell Forum (www.smallcellforum.org), 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 urban and rural public spaces. They include technologies variously described as femtocells, picocells, microcells and metrocells. The Forum has in excess of 150 members including 68 operators representing more than 3 billion mobile subscribers – 46 per cent of the global total – as well as telecoms hardware and software vendors, ecosystem partners, content providers and innovative start-ups.

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