Small Cell Forum Industry Awards 2013 Shortlists Announced

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London, UK – 9th May 2013 – The Small Cell Forum, the independent industry and operator association that supports small cell deployment worldwide, today announced the shortlists for the Small Cell Industry Awards 2013. The awards recognise the outstanding achievements and innovations from within the small cell community. The winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner on Wednesday 5th June 2013 at Small Cell World Summit in London.

This year’s awards follow on for what has been an outstanding year for the Small Cell Forum and the industry as a whole. With the announcement of Release One of its new Release Programme earlier this year, the Forum and its members is helping to drive the next wave of small cell deployments. The successes of the industry this year was reflected in both the quality and volume of entries with more received than ever before from some 40 different companies.

The awards were open to the whole industry – members and non-members alike – and attracted entries from vendors and operators the world over, representing the entirety of the mobile ecosystem. The awards were judged independently of the Small Cell Forum by a group of leading analysts, journalists and industry experts.

The shortlists for the Small Cell Industry Awards 2013 are:

Residential femtocell access point design and technology innovation (vendor)

· Alcatel-Lucent – Stimulating Femtocell Ecosystems Through Software Licensing

· Cisco – Scaling Network Vision for Small Cells: Cisco Management Heartbeat Server

· NEC – NEC Broadband Wireless Super Home Hub

Non-residential (enterprise, public access small cell) design and technology innovation (vendor)

· Huawei – AtomCell with Innovative Dock and Beamforming

· Quortus – Quortus EdgeCentrix for Satellite Networks

· Vodafone & SpiderCloud – Transforming the cellular service offering in enterprise with SpiderCloud

Small cell network element design and technology innovation (open to all)

· Cisco – Cisco Quantum SON for Real World Heterogeneous Networks

· SK Telecom – Commercial deployment of LTE Femtocell, with 5 innovative technologies, and roadmap for outdoor small cell

· Radisys & Airspan – Radisys and Airspan develop the world’s first commercial LTE-A small cell solution

Small cell service or application (vendor or operator)

· Alcatel-Lucent – Personalized, Venue and Event Specific Service Delivery

· ip.access & SiRRAN – Small Cells Deliver Emergency Communications for First Responders

· Vodafone – Vodafone Greece – Delivering a new mobile experience through “Free 3G Hotspot”

Innovation in commercial deployment (vendor or ecosystem)

· Cisco & Qucell – World’s First LTE/Wi-Fi Small Cell Mass Scale Commercial Deployment for Public Access

· NEC & SpiderCloud Wireless – Small Cell for DAS replacement

· Vodafone & Huawei – MetroZone Small Cell Solution to enable ‘Smart Cities’ today and in the future

Commercial deployment – innovation in commercial deployment (operator)

· Korea Telecom & Cisco – World’s first LTE small cell mass scale commercial deployment for public access

· SK Telecom, Contela & Mindspeed – Commercial deployment of LTE Small Cell

· TW Cable – New Small Cell Deployment Planning System

Commercial deployment – progress in deployment (operator)

· AT&T – AT&T: Forefront of Small Cell Technology

· Vodafone - Vodafone Group: Vodafone’s worldwide commercial deployment of “Sure Signal”

Enabling technology (components, subsystems, modules, software, etc)

· AirHop – eSON: Innovative cloud based Client/Server SON solution for LTE deployments

· Broadcom – BCM61700 Series

· Mindspeed – Transcede® 2000 and 3000-series system-on-chip (S0C) processors

· Symmetricom – Symmetricom SCr and SCeTiming SoftClocks for Small Cells

Social vision - promoting small cells for social/economic/environmental development (open to all)

· ip.access & Altobridge – Small Cells Bring Connectivity to Developing World

· ip.access & SiRRAN – Small Cells Deliver Emergency Communications for First Responders

· Vodafone – Vodafone Group for successful creation of sustainable solutions for rural villages

Individual contribution to Small Cell Forum activities (nominated and judged by Small Cell Forum working group chairs)

· Art King (SpiderCloud Wireless) & Noah Sessions (Tango Networks)

· Camillo Carlini (Telecom Italia)

· Peter Musgrove (AT&T)

· Rupert Baines (for his work whilst at Mindspeed)

“I would like to congratulate all entrants on the high quality and variety of solutions put forward. The range of entries demonstrates the strength in depth that the industry now has attained. Indeed our members and non-members competing for the awards are contributing to the mobile industry to an extent that we could only have hoped a few short years ago,” said Graham Wright, Small Cell Forum CEO. “Small cells are no longer a disruptive technology; they are a cornerstone of mobile network infrastructure. I look forward to the awards dinner in June where we will be able to celebrate the industry’s successes and honour all those who have worked to keep driving it forwards.”

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