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2019 SPIFFY Award Nominees Announced – Communications Industry’s Innovative Startups

Telecom Council’s Service Provider Innovation Forum (SPIF) have identified 16 young innovative companies who have demonstrated the technology, vision and roadmaps required to disrupt the communications industry.

Each year up to 150 communications start-ups, representing a broad range of telecom products and services, have their presentations scrutinized, their technology analyzed, and their business models challenged by Service Provider Innovation Forum members. From TC3 to TC3, presenters at our monthly meetings vie for a spot on the short list and it is our honor to present the companies that our SPIF community identified as excelling in the given categories.

The 2019 SPIFFY Awards and Networking Luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 26th, from Noon to 1 pm, at SRI International, Menlo Park, California. This event is open to the public and attended by telecommunications executives from around the world. To learn more about this public event, click here (https://www.telecomcouncil.com/spiffys)

And the 2019 SPIFFY AWARD NOMINEES are …

The Graham Bell Award for Best Communication Solutions
presented by SRI
Telecommunications began with the invention of the telegraph in 1837, the telephone in 1876 and has evolved from voice communications to include text, video and satellites. This award recognizes the company that advanced the noble cause of improving telecommunications, and the nominees have demonstrated their commitment to this expanding field to our Service Provider Forum by creating solutions that advance people’s ability to communicate whenever and wherever they want.

  • AMBEENT
  • ANAGOG
  • INFERENCE SOLUTIONS
  • SIKLU COMMUNICATIONS

Edison Award for Most Innovative Startup
Some ideas are so unusual they surprise you, but it’s a small minority of these that are also likely to succeed. This award recognizes the start-ups with the most innovative ideas, but also the ability to successfully bring that idea to market. The nominees have demonstrated their commitment to innovation with endless hours and passion that have made the impossible, possible.

  • ANYWHERE NETWORKS
  • CRYPTOWERK
  • PICA8
  • UNIQUID

San Andreas Award for Most Disruptive Technology
Because complacency is not an option, the Telecom Council believes in the importance of companies who think outside the box and make the market sit-up and take notice. This award recognizes the most game-changing start-up to present to the Telecom Council. Our Service Provider Forum members believe these nominees have demonstrated the ability disrupt markets and change the way people do things.

  • FREEWAVE TECHNOLOGIES
  • MENLO MICRO
  • SUAVEI
  • TRANSCELESTIAL TECHNOLOGIES

Zephyr Award for Best Mobile Opportunity
presented by Verizon Ventures
Building a successful mobile company is harder than it was 10 years ago, but Telecom Council members are constantly scouting for start-ups who have built mobile solutions that fit into their operations and subscriber base. This award category focuses on wireless telecom and the edge of the network, and our Service Provider Forum members have a strong in taking these nominees into their networks.

  • BLUE DANUBE
  • METAWAVE
  • NODLE
  • RADIO GIGABIT

The SPIFFY Awards reception takes place during TC3: Carrier Connections, 25th-26th September, at SRI International, Menlo Park. Agenda, speakers, sponsors, and meeting opportunities online at http://www.telecomcouncil.com/tc3.

Connect with TC3 on LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter. The preferred hashtags of the 2019 TC3 Summit are #TC3Connect, #TC32019 and #SPIFFYS. For media partnerships and media passes, contact linda(at)telecomcouncil(dot)com. Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available.

About the Telecom Council: Through our Service Provider Forum, ComTech Forum and IoT Forum monthly meetings and annual events, we connect global communication service providers and vendors with innovations that are pushing the industry forward – by putting telcos, vendors and investors from across the globe together in the same room with startups, demos, and entrepreneurs. Since 2001, our Forums have introduced over 2000 executives from 750 communication companies including 60 carriers across 30 meetings each year. Learn more about Telecom Council including our Forums, members and membership benefits online at http://www.telecomcouncil.com.

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Innovation Showcase Class of 2018 Alumni named to Gartner “Cool Vendor” list

It comes as no surprise that our community pick the coolest companies to be part of our annual Innovation Showcase, but it’s always nice to have it confirmed!  Congratulations to Frank DeJoy and Spectrum Effect on being named in the 2019 Gartner list of Cool Vendors in Communications Service Provider Network Operations.

To read the full Spectrum Effect press release, click here.

About Telecom Council’s Innovation Showcase: Telecom Council’s Innovation Showcase is an annual search for communications startups who demonstrate not only innovative solutions that can change the way people communicate, but also a viable means to bring that solution to market. Market-ready communications startups, with deployment-ready technologies, are invited to apply in January 2020 from which our global telco members will select the best and brightest to be part of next year’s Class.  With over 10 years of experience of introducing communications startups to communications service providers and vendors, the Telecom Council, through its ComTech Forum, Service Provider Forum and IoT Forum, has helped countless young companies take off.

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