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BBWF 2017 reveals nominees for People’s Choice Award


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BBWF 2017 reveals nominees for People’s Choice Award

Broadband World Forum 2017 has revealed the nominees for this year’s People’s Choice Award. The diverse line-up of broadband professionals represents a wide-range of companies, highlighting the breadth and depth of the industry. 

This year’s nominees feature accomplished individuals from multinational telecommunications firms, mobile phone operators, fibre network operators and builders, and a hybrid TV platform.  

The People’s Choice Award is in recognition of the outstanding achievements of an individual working in the broadband industry. The Award will be voted on by the peers in the broadband industry in the run up to the Broadband World Forum 2017, which is being held in Berlin from 24-26 October, with the winner announced at the gala Awards event on 25 October. 

The names vying for the prestigious People’s Choice Award this year are: 

  • Dalia Jamil Saleh Al HassaniSection Head of Radio Solution Design, Ooredoo Oman 

  • Emre BertanLead Product Manager, Turkcell 

  • Erling Gudmundsson, Chief Executive, Gagnaveita Reykjavikur (Reykjavik Fibre Network) 

  • Trevor LinneyHead of Access Research, BT 

  • Fani SazaklidouExecutive Creative and Brand Director, YouView 

  • Asim Tewary, Vice-President, Data Science and Analytics, Verizon 

BT Managing Director and Chief Architect Neil McRae, who nominated BT’s Trevor Linney, said that the pace of GFAST development had been driven by Linney by working across the industry. He added: “Trevor has done a huge amount of work in the research space – ensuring that GFAST and other technologies such as long-range VDSL come to the market in way that makes economic sense.” 

Linney is joined by Erling Gudmundsson, Chief Executive of Icelandic fibre network operator and builder Gagnaveita ReykjavikurGudmundsson, nominated by Pioneering Leadership Academy Founder Jonathan Blain, has been part of the broadband industry for more than 20 years, having begun his career a technician installing fibre optics before moving on to build FTTX open access networks in Reykjavik. 

YouView Executive Creative and Brand Director Fani Sazaklidou was nominated by Lisa Wakefield, Head of Brand and Communications at the TV platform. She said that Sazaklidou had overseen the successful redesign of YouView's set-top box and mobile apps UI, dramatically increasing both CSAT scores and the amount of video consumed on the YouView platform. “The innovative UI has been attributed as a strong success story for YouView's Shareholders and ISPs, BT and TalkTalk with the simplicity and ease-of-use of the UI re-energising our customer base,” said Wakefield. 

Emre Bertan, Lead Product Manager for mobile phone operator Turkcell, said of his nomination that he enjoyed “taking part in the creation of a product or service that uses cutting-edge technologies and collaborating with like-minded people”. During his career, Bertan has successfully delivered numerous award-winning projects in different roles across ICT, R&D software development, marketing and product management. 

Dalia Jamil Saleh Al HassaniSection Head of Radio Solution Design at Omani telecommunications company Ooredoo Oman is the second woman to join the list of nominees. Al Hassani has worked in the telecom field for the past 12 years, becoming the first woman engineer working on 3G in Sultanate of Oman – her full experience now encompasses in 2G, 3G and 4G. Al Hassani’s ambition is to become the first woman 5G engineer in Oman. 

The final nominee on this year’s list is Asim Tewary, who is Vice-President, Data Science and Analytics for Verizon. Tewary’s transformational leadership has driven engagement and measurable business value across all of US multinational telecommunications’ business divisions with disruptive innovation using Big Data Analytics and Machine Learning.  

On this year’s line-up of nominees, Heather James, Portfolio Director at KNect365, 
said: “The diverse selection of this year’s nominees for the Broadband World Forum’s People’s Choice Award demonstrate how the broadband industry is growing to tackle the challenges of ensuring internet access reaches every region of the world. At KNect365, we are pleased to be hosting this event that brings together the leading innovators, experts and technology in the broadband industry under one roof, and we looked forward to finding out who the broadband industry picks as the winner of this year’s People’s Choice Award.” 

Voting for the People’s Choice Award opens on Monday 25 September. The full shortlist for the 13 categories in this year’s Broadband World Forum Awards will also be announced on Monday 25 September.

About Broadband World Forum

Broadband World Forum takes place on 24-26 October at Messe Berlin, Germany. Broadband World Forum, which is hosted by KNect365, is globally recognised as the meeting place for senior executives from fixed, mobile and cable operators worldwide, enabling them to congregate and discuss the future of the broadband industry. For more information on Broadband World Forum, click here. You can also follow Broadband World Forum on Twitter or find us on LinkedIn. 

About KNect365

KNect365 is the world’s leading facilitator of knowledge sharing and business connections. KNect365 connects communities around its portfolio of leading brands, through year-round provision of high-quality digital and face-to-face content, networking and professional development and learning opportunities.