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Broadband World Forum announces finalists of the 2017 Broadband Awards


Niall Hunt

Broadband World Forum announces finalists of the 2017 Broadband Awards

Broadband World Forum 2017 is delighted to announce the finalists of this year’s Broadband Awards. The 2017 Broadband Awards are the prestigious recognition of excellence in the broadband marketplace, celebrating the companies that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the industry.  


All the winners across the ten categories plus the People’s Choice Award will be announced on Wednesday 25 October at the 2017 Broadband Awards, which this year is being held at Berlin’s Meistersaal – a classical venue that dates back to 1910 and is steeped in historical significance. The gala evening ceremony will be attended by more than 200 prominent figures from all areas of the broadband sector. 


Commenting on this year’s Awards finalists, Heather James, Portfolio Director at KNect365, said: “We are excited by the calibre of entries for the 2017 Broadband Awards. They demonstrate the very best accomplishments by the broadband industry over the past 12 months. The calibre this year has made the selection of the finalists a really tough challenge. And the judges will face some incredibly difficult decisions when they come to picking out the winners. All the finalists should feel very proud of their achievement. We are very much looking forward to celebrating with the finalists, sponsors and guests on 25 October – it’s going to be a fantastic evening.” 


Voting is also now open for this year’s People’s Choice Award, which features nominees 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 a person working in the broadband industry.  


This year’s nominees are: Dalia Jamil Saleh Al Hassani, Section Head of Radio Solution Design, Ooredoo Oman; Emre Bertan, Lead Product Manager, TurkcellErling Gudmundsson, Chief Executive, Gagnaveita Reykjavikur (Reykjavik Fibre Network); Trevor Linney, Head of Access Research, BT; Fani Sazaklidou, Executive Creative and Brand Director, YouView; Asim Tewary, Vice-President, Data Science and Analytics, Verizon. 


The Award is voted on by 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. The winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony on 25 October. To vote in this year’s People’s Choice Award, visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BBWFAwardsUBB2020. 


The finalists for the 2017 Broadband Awards are: 

Category 1: Achievement in Fixed-Mobile Convergence 

Huawei – Huawei FMC Solution 

Nokia – Fixed Networks for Mobile Transport 

Nokia – Nokia Hybrid Access Solution 

ZTE Corporation – ZTE Cloud Native IMS Solution 

ZTE Corporation – ZTE Fusion-WAN FMC leased-line Solution 


Category 2: Best Consumer Facing OTT Service (TV/Media/Bundles) 

Great Event TV – greateventtv.com 

Turkcell – TV+ 


Category 3: Broadband Delivering Social Impact 

Free WiFi for Africa NPC t/a Project Isizwe – Hyper-Local Content and Employment 

Innovation Drive Citizen Engagement Telefonica & Huawei – FTTH Rollout in Spain 

nbn Australia – nbn Sky Muster Satellite Broadband 

PT. Telkom Akses – Indihome Triple Play 

ZTE Corporation – Ethio Telecom & ZTE proposal 


Category 4: Best Smart Home Network 

DSP Group – Ultra Low Energy (ULE) Technology for IoT 

Deutsche Telekom & Huawei – Speedport Smart (The Next Generation Home Gateway) 

Nokia – Autonomous Customer Care 

Telekom Research and Development sdn bhd – Smart Home Energy Monitoring System (BeLyfe) 

ZTE Corporation – ZTE Smart Door Lock 

Zyxel Communications Corp. – Zyxel MULTY PRO 


Category 5: Achievement in Network Virtualization 

Adtran – Adtran Mosaic 

China Unicom and Huawei – TSDN Solution 

Nokia – Nokia Software-Defined Access Networks 

ZTE Corporation – ZTE vBRAS Solution 

ZTE Corporation – VEON & ZTE SDN based NFVI Solution 


Category 6: Customer Choice Award 

Bharti Airtel – Bharti Airtel Fixed Line Modernization 

Hyperoptic – Hyperoptic ultrafast,full fibre broadband 

Porto Seguro Conecta – Wireless full MVNO in Brazil 

Reykjavik Fibre Network (Gagnaveita Reykjavikur) – Single Setup 


Category 7: Best consumer 1Gbps service based on G.Fast or DOCSIS 3.1 

TDC & Huawei – the Europe first DOCSIS 3.1 network  

Swisscom & Huawei – Swisscom’s 1Gbps Service Based on Huawei’s One-Stop G.fast Solutions 

ZTE Corporation and NetCologne GmbH – Smooth Transition to the Future: NetCologne & ZTE's G.fast@212MHz Solution 

Nokia – software-defined G.fast micronodes 


Category 8: Best consumer 10Gbps service based on next-generation PON 

HUAWEI & PCCW – Huawei 10G PON Solution 

SKB South Korea – 10Gbps Next-generation PON 

Telekom Research & Development Sdn Bhd – Highspeed 10Gbps Symmetrical Access Network Solution (Avengers) 


Category 9: Best Fixed Access Solution 

ADTRAN – ADTRAN Gigabit G.fast with GTTB model 

PT Telkom Akses – Indihome Triple Play 

Huawei – Huawei CloudFAN Solution 

Huawei – Huawei SuperVector Solution 

ZTE Corporation – Flagship Optical Access Platform for Next Decade-ZTE TITAN 

InCoax Networks – MoCA Access 2.5 - The Multi-Gigabit Access Standard over existing in-building infrastructure  

ZTE Corporation – ZTE Flexible and Cost-Effective Combo PON Solution 


Category 10: Best Wireless Broadband Solution 

Liberty Global – Connect App 

nbn Australia – nbn Sky Muster Satellite Broadband 

ZTE Corporation – ZTE eWBB Solution 

ZTE Corporation – ZTE 5G-Oriented Massive MIMO Solution 

ZTE Corporation – ZTE 5G-Oriented EPC solution 

Zyxel Communications Corp. – LTE3300 Series 


The Judges for the 2017 Broadband Awards are: 

Daniel Brower, SVP, Program Officer & Strategic Projects, Deutsche Telekom 

Alzbeta Fellenbaum, Senior Analyst, Broadband, IHS Markit 

Robin Mersh, CEO, Broadband Forum 

Dario Talmesio, Principal Analyst, Ovum 

Gary McLaren, CTO, HKBN 

Kamalini Ganguli, Senior Analyst, Ovum 


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. 

About ZTE (2017 Partner Sponsor)

ZTE Corporation is a global leader in telecommunications and information technology. The company is committed to providing integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value to consumers, carriers, businesses and public sector customers around the world to enable increased connectivity and productivity. Founded in 1985, ZTE is listed on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges. In 2016, ZTE achieved an annual revenue to over RMB 101.2 billion, bolstered by growth in the company’s Carrier Networks and Consumer Businesses. 

With the industry’s most comprehensive product range and end-to-end solutions, ZTE offers cutting-edge wireless, access & bearer, value-added services, terminals and managed services to telecommunications carriers, in addition to ICT solutions for enterprises and government agencies. ZTE’s advanced capabilities enable leading telecommunications operators and Fortune 500 enterprises in more than 160 countries to achieve their business objectives and increase competitiveness. 

Looking forward, ZTE is committed to driving innovations in telecommunications and ICT globally as the business and technology needs of the industry continue to evolve. For more information on ZTE, visit www.zte.com.cn/global.