6c. Best Technology Enabler
This category recognizes the emerging influence of new technologies on the mobile environment. It focuses on, and calls for entries that reflect the importance of emerging technologies such as (but not restricted to) NFV (Network Function Virtualization), SoN (Self-Organising Networks), SDN (Software Defined Networks), IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem), VoLTE (Voice over LTE), Small Cells and the clever use of new APIs (Application Program Interface) and the Cloud and how they are transforming the mobile Industry.
This category aims to draw entries that reflect emerging technologies that are improving mobile operators’ capabilities to bring services and products to the market much more quickly, increase their flexibility, reduce costs, improve time to market, improve operational excellence and allow collaborative and partnering arrangements with other sectors to flourish. The opportunity for these new technologies is persuasive across the entire mobile eco system from more cost effective network solutions through to new end user services and wider industry collaborations. The judges will look to recognize how new technologies also offer new structures and opportunities for billing and customer care as well as in the network.
This award is for the organization making the best and most innovative use of a new technology in the mobile environment for GSM, 3G and LTE/LTE+ Advanced based service providers and operators.
Entrants to this category may also wish to consider submitting to other categories as well. For example: Category 6a. Best Mobile Infrastructure or Category 6b. Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough
Accedian & SK Telecom
Entry Deadlines & Key Dates
The Deadline for entries is Wednesday 23rd November 2016
The Shortlist will be published in late January 2017
Winners will be announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona 27th February – 2nd March 2017
Below you will find information on eligibility, criteria, supporting materials as well as the questions that you will be asked on the entry form.
Please also refer to the Rules of Entry and frequently asked questions sections for additional information. To begin your entry, click the ‘Enter Here’ button, and complete the registration information. Once underway, you can save, return to and amend your entry at any time until you formally submit.
The judges will review and score your entry on the basis of the information that you provide in answer to the questions, so please be as accurate and succinct as possible.
Note on The Importance of Video as part of your entry: While you can also add supporting materials in the form of documents, pictures and presentations within the entry form, a short video (of maximum 3 minutes) linked to your submission will help our judges significantly, in terms of visualising the use case and understanding the innovation and partner, client or user benefits.
This award is open to all vendors, suppliers, providers and operators in the mobile sector who are using new technologies to compliment and supplement the GSM family of GSM, 3G and LTE (mobile technologies based on open industry standards)
The technology, solution, platform, equipment or software entered must have been commercially available and deployed in a “Live” service during and up to the end of 2016. This must include at least one full commercial deployment carrying live customers or traffic with demonstrable use of the platform. Trials or Beta System deployments are not considered to be eligible. Please provide evidence in your entry to support this such as launch dates, including details of countries or regions where it is currently available.
Below are some examples of organisations and entities that this category could be appropriate for, however, it is by no means exhaustive.
- Mobile equipment manufacturers and suppliers
- Mobile Operators
- Service Platform and Service providers using new technology enablers
- Innovators in the mobile industry
The judges will also be looking across a range of innovative and clever solutions using new technologies to improve operational efficiencies, allow greater economy of scale or allow for new and enhanced services for users, and open up new collaboration and partnerships hitherto very difficult to do. Examples of this are:
- Changing and improving the underlying economics for mobile services and solutions.
- Enable new applications to exploit mobile network capabilities such as messaging, authentication, payments and location-finding with a cross-operator reach.
- Encouraging new business models
- Scalability across varying market needs
- Setting new service levels and quality of service
- Speed to market of new products and services
- Transition from current delivery solutions to new technology options
The judges will be looking at how well entries meet the key criteria, as follows:
- How does the new technology enabler impact the mobile industry?
- Is your technology solution applicable to multiple markets with global reach?
- What are the particular innovative or unique features of your technology enabler?
- To what extent does your technology enabler change the economics of the mobile industry?
- Speed and ease of deployment and operations
- Facilitating new collaborations and partnerships and supporting new business models
- Enabling new applications to exploit existing mobile network capabilities such as messaging, authentication, payments and location-finding.
- Note the technology, solution, platform, equipment or software must be deployed in a live network (carrying live customers or traffic) during, and up to the end of, 2016.
You can submit additional materials to support your entry through direct upload on the entry form. Please keep supporting information submitted to a maximum of:
- A link to one x 3 minute (maximum) video
- Up to three x 1 page documents (word, pdf, ppt) with further information, images, graphics etc.
- Up to three x web pages (which should be very specific to the entry) linked by URLs
Video: Please provide a URL link to your video on the entry form (e.g. via YouTube, Vimeo or other public, English language video platforms) and if required, please make sure you provide a password. Videos should ideally be in the English language or with English subtitles.
Other supporting information Documents can include data, extracts from analysts’ reports, testimonials or press articles, graphics etc. Please do make sure this supporting information is succinct and clear.
Web pages: If pointing judges to a website within your supporting materials or entry, please include a URL which is to very specific information relating to your entry, up to a maximum of three web pages, as judges will not have time to search websites looking for the pertinent information.
The on-line entry form includes an upload facility for you to provide the above links and documents. You will have the ability to upload three additional files to accompany your entry. These can be pdfs, jpegs, Word documents or PowerPoint, but please, as above, keep these relevant to your entry.
Preview of Entry Form Questions
On the entry form, in addition to submitting contact and company information, you will be asked to answer the following questions, (Please note the maximum text length for your answers including spaces are shown in brackets below):
- What is the brand name of your new Mobile Technology Enabler? Please note the name given here will be used in all awards material and publicity. (approx. 25 words)
- Is this a joint entry? If so, who are the partnering organisations? (approx. 25 words)
- Please confirm that the technology, solution, platform, equipment or software was, or will be, commercially available and in live service (carrying live traffic or customers) during and up to end of 2016 and in which markets? (approx. 100 words)
- Please confirm that your entry utilises, supports, deploys or is accessible through mobile (cellular) technologies based on open industry standards? (approx. 100 words)
- Give a brief overview of the entry here. This is for the benefit of the judges to help them understand the broad concepts of your entry (approx. 100 words)
- To what extent does your technology enabler change the economics of the mobile industry? (approx. 250 words)
- What are the other (non-financial) key benefits for the mobile industry of the new technology? (approx. 250 words)
- Please describe what is unique, new or innovative about your approach and use of this enabler? (approx. 250 words)
- What is the customer/user benefit of your technology enabler? (approx. 250 words)
- Has this technology enabler allowed new business models to flourish or encouraged collaborations allowing new services and products to be brought to market? (approx. 250 words)
- Has the technology enabler allowed new 3rd party applications greater access to exploit existing mobile network capabilities such as messaging, authentication, payments and location-finding? (approx. 250 words)
- Give evidence of the market success or take up rate of your technology (approx. 250 words)