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GTB Innovation Awards 2010: results 1/5
11 June 2010
Global Telecoms Business has presented its 2010 Innovation Awards to the operators and vendors behind the world’s most exciting projects in the industry
Global Telecoms Business
has announced the winners of its 2010 Innovation Awards.
The industry’s leading innovators from around the
world were honoured in front of an estimated 330 people at a
black-tie dinner in London.
The winners represent the most innovative projects in the
industry worldwide in five key categories:
1: fixed infrastructure innovation;
2: wireless infrastructure innovation;
3: wholesale service innovation;
4: business service innovation;
5: consumer service innovation and editor's award.
The winners in category 1 are below. For the others,
follow the links above.
In presenting the awards, Alan Burkitt-Gray, editor of Global
Telecoms Business, commented: "This is the fourth time
we’ve run our Innovation Awards and each year
we’ve seen that the industry is working harder and
harder to deliver exciting and innovative services to its
Operators honoured at the 2010 ranged from large global
organisations such as Verizon and Telefónica to regional
specialists such as NYnet and Astelit.
"Congratulations to all the award winners," said Burkitt-Gray.
"The industry is seeing a wave of innovation which is making a
huge difference — to the companies working in the
industry and to all of us in business and as consumers. They
are making such a difference to the world. We want to celebrate
what they are doing."
All awards went to projects, involving a close collaboration
between an operator and a vendor, and executives journeyed from
India, Russia, South Africa, the US and many other parts of the
world to the London event.
Winners in full
1: Fixed network infrastructure innovation
Rural backbone innovation
Winners: Telstra and Prysmian
Arnhem Land fibre project with Prysmian
An 800 kilometre optical fibre backbone route was completed in
just three months, prior to the onset of the 2008 wet season.
Stage two had a further 190 kilometres of fibre and five radio
systems deploying next generation synchronous digital hierarchy
transmission and intelligent services access manager broadband
equipment to each of the island communities of Minjilang,
Warruwi, Milingimbi and Galuwinku.
The extreme climatic conditions associated with the far north
of Australia include temperatures of over 40° celsius, plus
dust, high humidity and daily storms in the build up to the
monsoonal wet season made the project team’s task
of achieving project deadlines very difficult, but they rose to
the challenge and completed the project prior to the onset of
the wet season.
Metropolitan infrastructure innovation
Winners: Du and Motorola
Integrated TV — IPTV, HD, VoD
Du has been able to launch and deliver an innovative IPTV
solution with the middle ware and the client software tightly
integrated in order to offer a superior performance to anything
available on the market.
The key features and differentiators in this service delivery
platform that Du is offering to their customers are:
live TV services, including standard and high definition;
instant channel change; superior menu navigation performance;
electronic programme guide services, with ability to customize
the view; multi-language user interface, including Arabic
support; picture in picture; personal video recording of up to
four streams simultaneously; pay per view events; blackouts,
enabling Du to comply with local broadcasting restrictions for
blocking subscriber access to certain programming; parental
control; favourite list of channels; multiple audio streams;
subtitles; teletext; surround sound; pause live TV.
International infrastructure innovation
Winners: Epsilon Telecommunications and BTI Systems
Innovative and dynamic metro services
Epsilon Telecommunications provides a carrier-neutral global
connect platform for layer 1, 2 and 3 services and
multifunctional, custom-made, end-to-end solutions to major
corporations and financial institutions. Epsilon chose BTI
Systems to keep pace with the exponential increase in demand
for bandwidth with minimal operational impact and avoid the
capital expenditure that would be required to augment its fibre
network infrastructure as it expands globally. With
BTI’s solution, Epsilon is able to offer a
low-latency network with lightning fast service deployment
— in less than 48 hours — and because
BTI’s solution is multi-layer, there was little
Epsilon’s ability to groom ethernet traffic
directly onto G.709 enabled optics puts ethernet directly in
control of the optical team. This unique platform eliminates
layers in the network design and affords teams increased
leveraging on cost efficiencies to ensure the product is viable
and easily scalable.
National infrastructure innovation
Winners: ZON Multimedia and Sigma Systems
Triple-play and quad-play service transformation
Spun off from Portugal Telecom in 2007, Zon Multimedia is now
the fastest-growing triple-play provider in Europe, and is the
dominant TV provider in Portugal with 72.6% of the subscribers.
Taking an access-agnostic approach, it delivers services via
DSL, satellite, cable, and wireless technologies.
Zon’s access-agnostic approach for triple-play and
quad-play — with mobile — bundles required
the operator to change the way it handles order management, and
provisioning and activation of services and customer premises
Sigma Systems — using its service management platform
and service transformation expertise — moved all of
Zon’s individual services out of silos and onto a
single platform to fully automate order management,
provisioning and activation; simplify the creation of bundles
and new offerings; and enable service delivery via any access
technologies. With Sigma Systems, Zon was also able to quickly
introduce FTTH triple-play services and rollout a mobile
offering for quad-play. This service transformation project has
drastically reduced ZON’s order fallout and
Infrastructure service management innovation
Winners: Magyar Telekom and HP
Service provisioning and activation
Next generation services require fast, accurate activation.
Thanks to personalised services, hybrid networks and end-to-end
service guarantees, service configuration is becoming more
Zero-touch, first-time-right automated fulfilment is the
essence of multi-play service delivery, ensuring against
provisioning delays, activation outages and the subsequent
violations of service level agreements that result in customer
Magyar Telecom installed HP’s service provisioning
and activation platform to provide a flexible framework to
support service provisioning and activation processes. The
system providers a uniform and universal service layer linking
the CRM and the resource layers and integrates identical
processes in the operator’s brances, T-Home,
T-Mobile and T-Systems.
The project is a robust and reliable, easy to us IT system to
meet managerial needs and objectives, and lays the foundations
for a standard service management system capable of dealing
with the whole services portfolio of the operator.
2: wireless infrastructure innovation
3: wholesale service innovation
4: business service innovation
5: consumer service innovation and editor's award