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Small Cell Forum Awards 2017 Recognise Commercial Success as Technology Goes Mainstream

Small cell pioneers and new players recognised at event marking Forum’s 10th anniversary

SCWS – London – 24th May 2017 Small Cell Forum (SCF) has announced the winners of the Small Cell Forum Industry Awards 2017, recognising outstanding achievement within, and contributions to, the global small cell industry. The awards were presented at a gala dinner held at the Small Cell World Summit in London last night, which also marked the forum’s 10th anniversary.

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 full list of award winners is:

Excellence in Commercial Deployment (Urban) -JCDecaux
JCDecaux Multi Small Cell Solution

Excellence in Commercial Deployment (Enterprise) – SpiderCloud Wireless
Los Angeles International Airport: Starring Small Cells

Excellence in Commercial Deployment of a Dense HetNet – Nokia & China Mobile
World’s Largest Multi-Scenario Small Cell Network

Excellence in Commercial Deployment of Rural/Remote Small Cells – Parallel Wireless & Gilat
Parallel Wireless and Gilat Connecting the Unconnected in the Outback

HetNet Management Software and Services – Parallel Wireless
Dedicated Small Cell Network for Mission Critical Hospital Communications

Commercial Small Cell Network Design and Technology – Nokia
Flexi Zone Mini-Macro BTS: Extending the Small Cell Category and Use Cases with a High Power Small Cell

Commercial Small Cell Backhaul Design and Technology – Vodafone
CrowdCell: Using Macro Radio Network to Backhaul Open-Access Small Cells

Outstanding Innovation in Small Cell Technology or Architecture – SK Telecom
SK Telecom’s Cutting Edge Solutions for Small Cell Evolution: 5G Innovations Delivered to Today’s LTE Network

Outstanding Innovation in Small Cell Business Case – ip.access
ip.access Neutral Host Multi-Operator Small Cell Solution – SUMO

Social Impact – Promoting Small Cells for Social/Economic/Environmental Development – BT & EE
EE Air Mast Using Small cells

Special Awards

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

Chair’s Award – Ray Williamson, Huawei

Individual Contribution to Small Cell Forum Activities (Voted for by the Working Group Chairs) – Tim Carey, Nokia

Small Cell Forum 10 Year Anniversary Award – Mark Grayson, Cisco

Small Cell Forum 10 Year Anniversary Award – Huawei
For accelerating small cell deployments worldwide

“In the Forum’s tenth anniversary year, the awards submissions more than lived up to the occasion. The judges’ task gets harder every year, as the diversity and richness of the entries increases,” said returning Chair of the judging panel Caroline Gabriel, Founder and Senior Analyst at Rethink Research. “It was good to see participation from companies which helped lay the foundations of small cells a decade ago, as well as new players and ideas. The wide range of entries reflects the way that small cells now support so many aspects of the mobile business, enabled by a diverse ecosystem.”

“Every single one of the Forum’s many achievements of the past decade can be attributed to its dedicated and extraordinarily talented membership,” said David Orloff, Chair of Small Cell Forum. “These awards give us a chance to recognise those working tirelessly to progress small cell technology, successfully articulating the benefits and improving connectivity in a variety of situations and applications.”

About SCF
Small Cell Forum works to drive the wide-scale adoption of small cells and accelerate the delivery of integrated HetNets. Our work program is organized around two main streams – Deploying Hyperdense HetNets and Enabling Digitized Enterprise. These tie together all the Forum’s projects across the HetNet and create a powerful framework for the transition to 5G.

We are a carrier-led organization. This means our operator members establish requirements that drive the activities and outputs of our technical groups.

Today our members are driving solutions that include small cell/Wi-Fi integration, SON evolution, virtualization of the small cell layer, driving mass adoption via multi-operator neutral host, ensuring a common approach to service APIs to drive commercialization and the integration of small cells into 5G standards evolution.

The SCF board includes Airspan, AT&T, Cisco, CommScope, Ericsson, Huawei, ip.access, Node-H, Nokia, Qualcomm, Reliance Jio, Samsung Electronics America, SoftBank, SpiderCloud Wireless, and Vodafone. Find out more at

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