GTB presents Innovation Awards 2012

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Global Telecoms Business has presented its annual awards for innovation in front of an audience of 360 industry leaders in London

Global Telecoms Business has presented its sixth annual GTB Innovation Awards at a glittering black-tie dinner in London.
All the awards were for projects that involve at least one operator and at least one vendor. Alan Burkitt-Gray, editor of Global Telecoms Business, said: “Since we started in 2007, we have made it our mission to celebrate the work that vendors and operators in the industry are doing together to develop innovative projects in order to better serve the industry’s end customers.”
The dinner was attended by senior executives from as far away as Brazil, Japan, China, South Africa and New Zealand — all of whom had made the trip to London for the awards.
“We’d like to thank everyone from around the world for helping to mark the success the industry is showing in innovating to provide leading services to consumes and businesses,” said Burkitt-Gray. “This is the biggest Innovation Awards dinner we have held since we started.”
The awards were in six categories, including two special editor’s awards. Here is the full list of winners, including the names of the executives who picked up the trophies.
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Fixed network infrastructure innovation

Fibre-to-the-home innovation
Winners: Bell Aliant and Ericsson
Accelerating roll-out of fibre to the home
Bell Aliant: Calvin DeLeavey
Ericsson: Greg Taylor

Fixed backbone innovation
Winners: T-Mobile Austria and ZTE
Intelligent DWDM/OTN network
T-Mobile Austria: Roman Tiediens
ZTE: Robert Lunglmeir

IP transformation innovation
Winners: BT and Genband
Innovative IP interconnect exchange solution
BT: Alastair Buck
Genband: Stuart Goble

Data services innovation
Winners: Neotel and Ontology
Data alignment for enterprise service management
Neotel: Phinda Ncala
Ontology: Benedict Enweani

Internet services innovation
Winners: London Internet Exchange and Juniper Networks
Scaling internet exchange for rapid growth around Olympics
LINX: Derek Cobb
Juniper: Sean Dolan

Network security innovation
Winners: Openreach and BT Operate
Copper cable theft detection, location and notification tool
Openreach: Roddy Thomson
BT Operate: Peter Barry

B Wireless network infrastructure innovation

LTE TDD network innovation
Winners: SoftBank/Wireless City Planning and Huawei Technologies
Japan AXGP (LTE TDD) network
SoftBank: Satoshi Fujii
Huawei Technologies: Robert Fox

Heterogeneous network innovation
Winners: Telefónica and Alcatel-Lucent
Multi-layer LTE network with lightRadio
Telefónica: Gianluca Formica
Alcatel-Lucent: Parker Moss

Mobile customer experience innovation
Winners: Astelit life:) and Orga Systems
Optimising customer experience to drive business growth
Astelit: Alexander Barinov
Orga Systems: Ramez Younan

Mobile backhaul innovation
Winners: Virgin Media Business and Transmode
Gigabit Ethernet backhaul project
Virgin Media Business: Dave Stratton
Transmode: Andy Chomyn

Hybrid network innovation
Winners: SK Telecom and Telcoware
Wi-Fi/3G/4G hybrid network technology
SK Telecom: Jong Kwan Park

Broadband wireless access innovation
Winners: Tikona Digital Networks and Ruckus Wireless
The world’s largest outdoor Wi-Fi mesh network
Ruckus: Rob Mustarde

Network management innovation
Winners: AT&T and Intucell Systems
Self-optimising mobile network
AT&T: Phil Rowe
Intucell: Rani Wellingstein

LTE network innovation
Winners: Telus, Bell Canada and Huawei Technologies
Mobile broadband network for UMTS/HSPA and LTE
Telus: Lloyd Switzer
Huawei: Robert Fox

LTE infrastructure innovation
Winners: Hi3G Access and ZTE
TDD/FDD dual mode network
ZTE: Mark Jannece

Energy innovation
Winners: Vipnet and Koncar
Hybrid power supply with renewable energy
Vipnet: Bernd Schmutterer
Koncar: Miroslav Poljak

Femtocell innovation
Winners: Network Norway and NEC
High-performance mobile network for SMEs
Network Norway: Geir Ove Jenssen
NEC: Tadadoshi Fujiwara

Customer portal innovation
Winners: Telkomsel and Nokia Siemens Networks
Customer experience management on demand
Telkomsel: Meygin Agustina
NSN: Lassaad Essafi

Indoor mobile service innovation
Winners: Bakcell and Komtel Telekomünikasyon
Crystal Hall stadium coverage
Bakcell: Marc Zirka
Komtel: Suphi Kutsal

Customer experience innovation
Winners: Vodafone and Ixia
Online charging server and rich communications services testing
Vodafone: José Gonzalez
Ixia: Paulo Rebelo

C Wholesale service innovation

Rural LTE 4G service innovation
Winners: Everything Everywhere and BT Wholesale
Mobile and fixed services using LTE with single RAN
Everything Everywhere: David Salam
BT Wholesale: Chet Patel

International network innovation
Winner: Cable & Wireless Worldwide and Infinera
Europe-Persia Express Gateway
Cable & Wireless Worldwide: Bob Bissett
Infinera: Colin Rhodes

Financial network innovation
Winners: Perseus Telecom and GlobeNet
Ultra-low latency connection to Brazil
Perseus Telecom: Jock Percy
GlobeNet: Eduardo Mueller

Cloud-based vending innovation
Winners: Everything Everywhere and Nokia Siemens Networks
Smart vending service
Everything Everywhere: Marc Overton
NSN: Bernd Gross

D Business service innovation

Fraud management innovation
Winners: Idea Cellular and Subex
Business process for fraud management
Idea Cellular: Max Rostron
Subex: Phil Osborne

Rural mobile data innovation
Winners: Vodafone Turkey and Dogus Çay
‘Tea for Two’ telemetry solution
Vodafone: Gizem Keçeci
Dogus Çay: Alpaslan Karakan

Service assurance innovation
Winners: BT and VMware
Improving customer service with pre-emptive service assurance
BT: Nektarios Georgalas
VMware: Craig Talbot

Cloud computing innovation
Winners: Interoute and Hewlett-Packard
Virtual data centre
Interoute: Matthew Finnie
HP: Paul Morgan

Carrier Ethernet innovation
Winners: TeliaSonera and OneAccess Networks
Building Ethernet market share with mass customisation
TeliaSonera: Kari Tuominen
OneAccess Networks: Alan Brazier

Ethernet performance innovation
Winners: Colt Technology Services and Overture
Ethernet smart demarcation to increase service performance
Colt Technology Services: Henry Bohannon
Overture: Jez Pinfold

Video communications innovation
Winners: Telio and XConnect
Video interconnection exchange project
XConnect: John Wilkinson

Machine-to-machine innovation
Winners: Hughes Telematics and Oracle Communications
Machine-to-machine services for consumers, manufacturers, fleets and dealers
Oracle: Dan Ford

Quality of service innovation
Winners: Virtela Technology Services and IBM
Predictive IT infrastructure management service
Virtela: Jason Redisch
IBM: Michael Herman,

Smart grid infrastructure innovation
Winners: Meralco and Orga Systems
Meter-to-cash solution for smart grids
Orga Systems: Ramez Younan

Credit management innovation
Winners: Turkcell and Neural Technologies
Fraud and credit management project
Turkcell: Erdim Burdu
Neural Technologies: Raf Wane

Cloud business services innovation
Winners: Telefónica Digital and NEC
Aplicateca SME cloud store
Telefónica Digital: Angel Sánchez de Rivero Colino (not here)
NEC: Alberto López Esteve

Field service innovation
Winners: BT and Infosys
Transformation service operations with field automation
BT: Chris Bilton
Infosys: Sanjeev Arya

E Consumer service innovation

Consumer billing innovation
Winners: AT&T and SundaySky
Video billing for U-verse
AT&T: Phil Rowe

Consumer service innovation
Winners: Telefónica O2 and Jacada
Agent scripting to enable guru support team
Telefónica O2: Mark Frowde
Jacada: Russ Pedder

User experience innovation
Winners: China Unicom and Syniverse
Advancing the mobile subscriber experience in China and abroad
China Unicom: Yan Bo
Syniverse: Janet Roberts

Mobile advertising innovation
Winners: Aircel and Blyk Media India
Youth-centric mobile magazine
Aircel: Anurag Sachdeva
Blyk: Shubhodip Pal

Public sector innovation
Winners: City of Moscow, FORS and HTC
Mobile citizen feedback
City of Moscow: Andrey Belozerov
FORS: Eugene Efimenko
HTC: Evgeniy Pavlov

Mobile security innovation
Winners: Telefónica and Juniper Networks
European mobile security service
Telefónica: Francisco Ginel Feito
Juniper Networks: Sean Dolan

Emerging market service innovation
Winners: Qtel and Nokia
Info Wanita for women’s empowerment
Qtel: Noor Al Sulaiti
Nokia: Alex Wolfson

Mobile content and services innovation
Winners: Globe Telecom and Flash Networks
Mobile web toolbar for content monetisation
Flash: Merav Bahat

Virtual mobile service innovation
Winners: Telefónica (Movistar) and fonYou
Second line application
Movistar (Telefónica): Jesús Hijas
fonYou: Clemens Rossberg

User safety innovation
Winners: Vodafone New Zealand with Telsis
DriveSafe text message service
Vodafone: Nicola Gray
Telsis: Jeff Wilson

Text messaging innovation
Winners: Mobile TeleSystems and Acision
SMS Pro service to control text messaging
Acision: Maria Hudson

F Editor’s awards

Editor’s award for corporate
contribution to telecoms innovation
Winner: GSMA Development Fund
for promotion of mobile in emerging markets
GSMA: Chris Locke

Editor’s award for personal
contribution to telecoms innovation
Winner: Dick Lynch, former CTO of Verizon,
for advocacy of LTE

The awards dinner was preceeded by the GTB Innovation Summit, and there will be a separate report for that. GTB