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BROADBAND INFOVISION AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The winners of the 2010 Broadband InfoVision Awards were honoured at a special gala dinner awards presentation cruise during the Broadband World Forum in Paris tonight.
The Broadband InfoVision Awards, which have long been established as the industry’s leading awards event celebrating excellence within the broadband marketplace, saw the industry’s top-level executives board the Bateau Diamant to celebrate the most notable broadband innovations, products and services.
One of the unique features of these awards that make them particularly valued is the fact that the Judges are drawn from senior personnel the world’s leading operators, such as China Telecom, AT&T, Orange, PCCW, Etisalat, Telstra, Telus, Korea Telekom and Deutsche Telekom.
Gavin Whitechurch, director of the Broadband World Forum, commented: “The InfoVision Awards are a tremendous opportunity to celebrate excellence in the broadband industry and the breadth and calibre of this year’s submissions was unprecedented with more than 145 entries.
“It is fantastic to be able to honour those who are helping the industry grow and evolve – congratulations to all the winners.”
This year a number of new categories have been added to reflect the full broadband ecosystem and promote the activities of operators and content providers in the Broadband market place.
The winners of the Broadband InfoVision Awards in full:
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.
Category 2 – Broadband Access Network Technologies and Services
Huawei – SingleRAN@Broad
Designed to enable operators to meet various combinations of global challenges, and resolves three key challenges for mobile broadband operators - enhancing Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), increasing network capacity, and reducing costs in the construction, operation and maintenance of networks.
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 personalised search options, providing relevant recommendations across TV, mobile and the Web.
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 optimised for the next-generation services edge.
Category 7 – Core & MetroNetwork 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
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Broadband InfoVision Awards 2010 winners information and quotes
Category 1 - Best New Service
Irish firm Dial2Do's HandsFreeAssistant service is 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. The service currently has access to over forty services, and is signing up new partners all the time.
"We've taken a voice service with a lot of functionality, and simplified it so that anyone can use it, and bundled it with consumer electronics from our headset and hands-free partners," said Sean O'Sullivan, CTO of Dial2Do. "It's a genuine win-win for us, for the equipment partner and for the consumer, and is a little bit innovative in the market today."
Category 2 - Broadband Access Network Technologies and Services
Huawei's SingleRAN@Broad solution is designed to enable operators to meet various combinations of global challenges, and resolves three key challenges for mobile broadband operators - enhancing Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), increasing network capacity, and reducing costs in the construction, operation and maintenance of networks.
Category 3 - Broadband Network and Services Management and Operations
BT Wholesale describes its DLM Process as ensuring that broadband lines perform to their maximum capabilities, by adding its own innovations to the industry-wide DLM capability, including: patenting its family of algorithms which sit behind its DLM process; patenting its 'Flapping Line Algorithm for the DLM Process', which can change a line profile within 15 minutes of a broadband installation; keeping the B-RAS profile in step with the line rate using ‘Adaptive Max Logic’; and using historical information about a line's performance prior to end-user installation.
"BT Wholesale set itself an incredibly challenging objective," said Cameron Rejali, Managing Director of Products at BT Wholesale. "Its goal is to push broadband speed to the very limit of the technology while maintaining a good customer experience and a low fault rate - and to achieve this over a network where the environmental conditions (noise etc.) are extremely demanding and variable. BT’s continued, and innovative, investment in DLM is ensuring it provides the best service possible."
Category 4 - Content, Entertainment, Applications and Services
TV Genius won this award for its Content Delivery Platform and Relevance Engine, which enhances the TV experience with personalised search options, providing relevant recommendations across TV, mobile and the Web. The Content Discovery Platform aims to provide deeper, richer content aggregation, allowing viewers to discover programming from a variety of sources, with suggestions made according to individual preferences.
"Multichannel services are now the norm in most European households and catch-up TV and VOD are now more widely accepted among viewers," said Tom Weiss, CEO of TV Genius. "Coupled with the rise of OTT video, the content landscape has become extremely congested and consumers are finding it hard to discover programming beyond what is familiar to them, or what is ‘pushed’ to them (via advertising, for example). Search & Recommendation technology allows people to find the content they are really interested in and introduces new shows to them based around their likes and dislikes. It is about pushing content to people that they would not otherwise find."
Category 5 - Broadband Home: Appliances, Devices, Home Networks & Services
Technicolor's Media Touch 2 is 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. It features high-quality audio as well as a high-resolution touch screen, making it ideal for watching video content, either streamed from the network or accessed from local storage in the home hub. Users can watch video or enjoy music wherever they are. The Media Touch also has a picture frame function, and includes a camera and microphone, allowing it to be used for video conferencing, video/audio chat services, and voice over IP telephony.
"The role of the Media Touch 2 is to enable network operators to introduce new and diverse services which are immediately appealing to the consumer," said Junbiao Zhang, Vice President of the Media Tablet business unit, Connect Division at Technicolor. "Its programmability makes it easy for operators to target specific content and applications to individual users and groups, in a way which makes it easy for them to adopt them. This was the reason that the first generation of the Media Touch product line has been adopted by PCCW, the premium telecommunications provider in Hong Kong and a world-class pioneer in new technologies. We look forward to the continued success with our more powerful, user friendly and flexible Media Touch 2 product in PCCW."
Category 6 - Enabling Silicon and Component-Level Technologies
Junos Trio is a new purpose-built silicon chipset developed by Juniper Networks, based on an advanced network instruction set designed and optimised for the next-generation services edge. This chipset dramatically improves business economics with its dynamic 3D scaling for bandwidth, subscribers, and services, enabling a truly converged platform with exceptional power efficiency. It also provides improved performance, scalability and flexibility. Its fully programmable engine makes it highly extensible while enabling service innovation with superior end-user quality of experience.
"Junos Trio is a programmable silicone, it is a foundation for the ultimate goal at service provider service delivery point; the Universal Edge," said David Noguer Bau, Head of Carrier Ethernet & Multiplay Marketing at Juniper Networks. "Universal Edge will drive the ultimate network convergence for Residential, Enterprise and Wireless services, but requires a long list of features to be implemented, and Junos Trio with its Network Instruction Set and its 3D scalability can achieve that."
Category 7 - Core & MetroNetwork Innovation and Advances
Ciena's 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. To create this solution, Ciena’s R&D team developed a world-leading set of technologies around high-speed networking, leveraging the innovative use of wireless-inspired modulation schemes, the power of digital signal processing and advanced digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters, the world’s first optical coherent receiver, and high-performance forward error correction.
"With more and more people consuming services delivered via IP, the networks that power them are increasingly pushed to the limits," said Tom Mock, Senior Vice President Corporate Marketing and Communications at Ciena. "Without continuous investment and expansion, their limited capacity will become depleted. Ciena's 100G solution effectively enables that capacity to increase tremendously, helping to clear the network ‘highways’ of congestion even before the jams start."
Category 8 - Green Broadband Awards
ZTE’s ZXA10 C300 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. It embraces many capabilities to reduce power consumption which will have a direct impact on the carbon footprint of telecommunications networks. Based on studies conducted by ZTE R&D labs, it demonstrated versatile power management, delivering power savings of up to 41%.
Category 9 - Broadband Innovation of the Year
Alcatel-Lucent's innovations in the area of Phantom Mode help boost the capabilities of copper-based DSL networks by creating a third virtual pair on top of two physical pairs. Although Phantom Mode is a well-known analogue concept, and has been used by operators before, Alcatel-Lucent's implementation is reportedly the first time the Phantom Mode concept has been combined with VDSL2 Vectoring and Bonding to demonstrate impressive bitrates.
"With Alcatel-Lucent’s standards-based innovation, the existing copper plant can facilitate 300 Mb/s over 2 pairs at 400 meters – or even 900Mbps and up, if 4 or more pairs are available. This allows operators to re-use their existing copper infrastructure to deliver very high speed broadband services over DSL until Fibre-to-the-Home is deployed to these subscribers," commented Sanjay Patel, CTO of Alcatel-Lucent's Wireline Division.
Category 10 - Changing Lives Awards
On 2 December 2009, Telstra announced the completion of one of Australia's largest optic fibre and broadband infrastructure projects undertaken in recent times - the Arnhem Land Fibre Project. Declared an Aboriginal Reserve in 1931, Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory is best known for the strong continuing traditions of its indigenous inhabitants, its art and its remoteness. The project saw over 800km of fibre optic cable laid across fragile terrain, in difficult climatic conditions between Jabiru and Nhulunbuy.
"The AUD 34mn investment in Arnhem Land, a joint venture between Telstra, Rio Tinto Alcan and the Northern Territory Government and achieved with the valuable support of the Northern Land Council, is also an investment in local Arnhem Land communities – their health, safety, education and entertainment," said John Gibbs, Executive Director Network Construction at Telstra Corporation. "For example the Northern Territory Government can now use this technology to deliver life-changing services across this region of Australia, significantly improving access to health, education, justice and business services which all contributes to regional growth.”