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Small Cell Forum | SCF Small Cell Award Winners for 2021 Announced

5G, Open RAN and Neutral Host characteristic closely as awards recognise firms trying to the longer term

London, UK 14th May 2021 – Small Cell Forum (SCF) has introduced the winners of the SCF Small Cell Awards 2021, recognising excellent achievement inside, and contributions to, the worldwide small cell trade. The awards have been offered at a ceremony through the digital Small Cells World Summit final evening.

SCF Small Cell Awards Logo

SCF Small Cell Awards Logo

Open to the entire trade and judged independently of SCF by a panel of distinguished analysts, journalists and trade specialists, the awards attracted entries from operators and distributors from internationally and the total spectrum of the cellular worth chain.

Chair of Judges, and Co-founder of Rethink Research, Caroline Gabriel mentioned: “The standard of entries was higher than ever this year, and the judges were particularly impressed by the wide range of technologies and business models that were represented. The finalists and winners reflect how the small cell market is maturing to enable a wide diversity of operators, suppliers and innovative services.”

The full checklist of award winners is:

Excellence in industrial deployment by a Mobile Network Operator

  • Airspan Networks & Qualcomm – The world’s largest mmWave Open RAN small cell community powered by Airspan and Qualcomm
    Runners Up – Altiostar Network Inc, BT Wholesale

Excellence in industrial deployment by another service supplier – e.g., Private Network Operator, Neutral Host

  • Freshwave – Freshwave delivers the UK’s first shared spectrum personal cellular community with small cells
    Runners Up – Druid Software with Geoverse, Ontix with Westminster City Council

Commercial Small Cell (Network) Products & Technology

  • Corning & Qualcomm – Indoor 5G mmWave – Pandemic Adventures
    Runners Up – KelTech IoT & VoltServer, SK Telecom

Software and Services – Management, Orchestration and Automation

  • Dense Air Limited – Targeted “Multi-Operator” small cell deployment pushed by Big Data Analytics: DenseWare, a Dense Air Application
    Runners Up – ECSite Inc, Industrial Technology Research Institute

Innovation in rising know-how or structure

  • InterDigital – InterDigital’s AdvantEDGE Open Edge Emulation Platform for small cells
    Runners Up – Freshwave, Industrial Technology Research Institute

Outstanding innovation in chips or elements to allow small cell community

  • Picocom – Picocom eases Open RAN small cell deployment with 5G NIC board
    Runners Up – AccelerComm, EdgeQ

Outstanding Innovation in Small Cell Business Case

  • Druid Software & Geoverse – City of Tucson strikes to deploy Neutral Host for enabling a Smart City & closing the digital divide
    Runners Up – Freshwave, Symmetrical Innovations, with coreNOC, WaveTech and Hoss Consulting

Commercial services or products to allow multi-operator and impartial host enterprise fashions

  • CommScope – CommScope impartial host small cell answer with ONECELL
    Runners Up – Corning, JMA Wireless

Outstanding Contribution to Small Cell Open RAN platforms or requirements

  • Radisys – Radisys’ 5G small cell software program with FAPI assist
    Runners Up – Benetel Limited, Industrial Technology Research Institute

Social Impact – Promoting Small Cells for Social/Economic/Environmental Development

  • JMA Wireless – Private Network for public companies: Model for municipal connectivity companies and shutting the digital divide – City of Tucson, Arizona
    Runners Up – Druid Software with RFConnect

Special Awards

Judges’ Choice – Mavenir – For their important influence in lots of areas of Open RAN and small cells

Chair’s Awards – Victor Torres, arQana Technologies

Individual Contribution to SCF Activities – Andrei Radulescu, Qualcomm

“In addition to congratulating all of this year’s winners, I am delighted to give Victor Torres the Chair’s Awards. Representing a new member company to the Forum this year, Victor has demonstrated vision and leadership, not only for his company, but also for the Forum,” mentioned Prabhakar Chitrapu, Chair of Small Cell Forum. “Meanwhile, Andrei’s technical depth of knowledge, his extremely methodic & disciplined organization of the highly detailed specification work across the entire team, as well as his inclusive and yet persuasive documentation of the agreed results led to a well-planned and perfectly timed production of the 5G-FAPI specification. It is only right that he be recognized for his contribution.”

Organized by SCF, Small Cells World Summit is the flagship world occasion for all small cells, Wi-Fi, DAS and IoT because the applied sciences enabling community densification, protection and capability. The digital occasion was the largest world on-line gathering of the small cells eco-system and included high-level content material, audio system, panel discussions, networking and unique market information.

About Small Cell Forum
Small Cell Forum develops the technical and industrial enablers to speed up small cell adoption and drive wide-scale densification.

Broad roll-out of small cells will make high-grade cellular connectivity accessible and inexpensive for industries, enterprises and for rural and concrete communities. That, in flip, will drive new enterprise alternatives for a widening ecosystem of service suppliers.

Those service suppliers are central to our work program. Our operator members set up the necessities that drive the actions and outputs of our technical teams.

We have pushed the standardization of key components of small cell know-how together with Iuh, FAPI, nFAPI, SON, companies APIs, TR-069 evolution and the enhancement of the X2 interface. These specs allow an open, multi-vendor platform and decrease limitations to densification for all stakeholders.

Today our members are driving options that embrace:

  • 5G Components, Products, Networks
  • Dis-aggregated 5G Small Cells
  • Planning, Management and Automation
  • 5G regulation & security
  • Neutral Hosts & Multi-operator
  • Private and Public Network coexistence
  • Edge compute with Small Cell Blueprint
  • End-to-end orchestration

The Small Cell Forum Release Program has now established enterprise instances and market drivers for all the principle use instances, clarifying market wants and addressing limitations to deployment for residential, enterprise, rural & distant, and concrete small cells. It has additionally established initiatives referring to each private and non-private (MNO) coordination. The Small Cell Forum Release Program web site might be discovered right here:

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