Broadband World Forum InfoVision Awards

The BBWF InfoVision Awards were announced last night.  Firstly, congratulation to the Dial2do team for winning in the Best Service Category. Sean O’Sullivan (CTO Dial2do) along with Varun Aorora (CEO GotoCamera, winner of last year’s InfoVision Award) will be on the panel session I’m running on Thursday 28th Oct 1430-1545: Aligning to Developer Needs Using Developer Communities to Lead the Service Innovation Race.  This is great recognition from the industry on the importance of getting focused on the basics of communications not just between people but with all their applications.

The list of winners are:

Category 1 – Best New Service: Dial2do – HandsFreeAssistant.  A productivity service that enables drivers to get more done, safely, while driving, including sending a text message, listening to an email, updating Twitter, and accessing Google Calendar and Remember the Milk.  Dial2do demonstrates the industry has massive untapped value in the core voice service – we keep forgetting customers still use operators for voice services – this demonstrated how to harness the power of enterprise and web 2.0 systems to retain value in the operator’s core asset.

Category 2 – Broadband Access Network Technologies and Services: Huawei – 10G PON System.  Intended to enable operators to upgrade their existing PON system smoothly, without incurring the need to change the optical distribution network (ODN), and provides operators with four times the bandwidth upgrade and full-service carrying capability.  Huawei’s 10G GPON is an important step in enabling broadband operators to become universal service providers.  Wireless can not touch those rates, neither LTE nor 4G.  MSOs (Cable Opertors) will need to bring fiber all the way to the customer.

Category 3 – Broadband Network and Services Management and Operations: BT Wholesale – DLM Process.  Ensures that broadband lines perform to their maximum capabilities, by adding its own innovations to the industry-wide DLM capability.

Category 4 – Content, Entertainment, Applications and Services: TV Genius – Content Delivery Platform and Relevance Engine.  Enhances the TV experience with personalized search options, providing relevant recommendations across TV, mobile and the Web.  Discovery is critical and TV Genius enables operators to compete with emerging Over The Top TV services.

Category 5 – Broadband Home: Appliances, Devices, Home Networks & Services: Technicolor – Media Touch 2.   A Wi-Fi media tablet with IPTV capabilities, based on the Android operating system which gives it access to a continually evolving library of third party apps, as well as integrating all the elements of the network provider’s service offering in a single device.

Category 6 – Enabling Silicon and Component-Level Technologies: Juniper Networks – Junos Trio.  A new purpose-built silicon chipset, based on an advanced network instruction set designed and optimized for the next-generation services edge.

Category 7 – Core & Metro Network Innovation and Advances: Ciena – 100G Coherent Optical Solution.  Enables operators to increase the bandwidth of their existing 10G and 40G fibre infrastructure by 10 and 2.5 times respectively through simple plug-and-play technology components – without the need to re-engineer their networks or deploy new equipment.

Category 8 – Green Broadband Awards: ZTE Corporation – ZXA10 C300.  A multi-service optical access platform (OLT) is a “one size fits all” platform offering key benefits to any operator looking for a green and future proof solution with lower total cost of ownership.

Category 9 – Broadband Innovation of the Year: Alcatel-Lucent – Phantom Mode: Bridging the Gap between Copper and Fiber.  Boosts the capabilities of copper-based DSL networks by creating a third virtual pair on top of two physical pairs.

Category 10 – Changing Lives Awards: Telstra – Telstra’s Arnhem Land Fibre Project.  Australia’s largest optic fibre and broadband infrastructure projects undertaken in recent times – the Arnhem Land Fibre Project laid over 800km of fibre optic cable across fragile terrain, in difficult climatic conditions between Jabiru and Nhulunbuy.