SCF (Small Cell Forum) has announced the winners of the SCF Small Cell Awards 2018, recognising outstanding achievement within, and contributions to, the global small cell industry.

The awards were presented at the Small Cell World Summit in London last night. Open to the whole industry and judged independently of SCF by a panel of distinguished analysts, journalists and industry experts, the awards attracted entries from operators and vendors from across the world and the full spectrum of the mobile value chain.

“The judging panel was hugely impressed by both the volume and calibre of the award submissions this year. The small cell industry continues to evolve to meet the increasingly challenging demands of operators in an ever-widening range of different use cases. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winners and all those who participated,” said Caroline Gabriel, Chair of the Judges and Research Director at Rethink Technology Research.

The full list of award winners is:

Excellence in Commercial Deployment (Residential) – Sprint & Airspan Networks – Sprint LTE Magic Box

Excellence in Commercial Deployment (Urban) – CCS – City of London Small Cell Backhaul Network

Excellence in Commercial Deployment (Enterprise) – Nokia – Flexi Zone Shopping Mall and Public Building Deployments

Excellence in Commercial Deployment of Rural, Remote and Temporary Small Cells – Parallel Wireless & Ice Wireless – Connecting the Unconnected in Canada

HetNet Software and Services – Management and Automation – Airhop Communications – HetNet Performance Insight with eSON360

Deployment of New Architectures Enabling the Dense HetNet – Huawei – SME Small BTS Solution with LTE Backhaul

Commercial Small Cell Design and Technology (Network and Xhaul) – Hewlett Packard Enterprises & SoftBank – World’s First Dedicated PCRF for Small Cells

Outstanding Innovation in Small Cell Technology or Architecture – Accelleran – Architecture-agnostic Small Cell RAN-vRAN Solutions

Outstanding Innovation in Small Cell Business Case – Opencell – Multi-operator in-building Coverage Using Small Cells

Social Impact – Promoting Small Cells for Social/Economic/Environmental Development -Parallel Wireless & Telefonica – Connecting LATAM’s Unconnected with Telefonica

Special Awards

Judges’ Choice – ITRI

Open-nFAPI: An Open Source Project to Accelerate the Adoption of Small Cell Forum’s nFAPI Defined Virtualized Small Cell Architecture

Chair’s Award – Mirela Doicu, Nokia

Individual Contribution to Small Cell Forum Activities (Voted for by the Working Group Chairs) – Ravi Sinha, Reliance Jio


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