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8 - 10 October 2024
Paris Expo Porte de VersaillesParis, France

2024 Network X Awards

Tuesday 8 October I Hotel de Ville

Recognising Achievement, Innovation and Excellence Across the Telco Industry

The Network X Awards takes place on Tuesday, 8th October 2024 at Hotel de Ville in Paris, recognising achievement, innovation and excellence across the telco industry.

Submit your entry for consideration or purchase a seat at the awards to celebrate the best of the best in the industry.

Key Dates

Submissions Open:

Monday, 20 May 2024

Submissions Close:

Monday, 1 July 2024

Shortlist Announced:

Monday, 15 July 2024

Winners Announced:

Wednesday, 8 October 2024

Entry Information

  • Each entry costs €350 + VAT 
  • There is no limit on the number of awards that you can enter, but you can only enter one product/solution per category.  
  • You must answer the questions within the word limit and there is an opportunity to provide supporting documentation. 
  • For any inquiries about the awards, please contact Christopher Lycett - Christopher.lycett@informa.com  

2024 Solution Provider Categories

Solution Provider categories focus on the leading solutions from technology providers and vendors in the industry.  

Outstanding POL Campus Use Case

The Outstanding POL Campus Use Case Award recognises a PON vendor that has supported a high-performing POL network. 



Judges will consider:

  • Use case deployment status
  • Benefits to the IT directors, campus owners and operators
  • Benefit to the network users
  • Level of innovation

Most Innovative Enterprise PON Use Case

The Most Innovative Enterprise PON Use Case Award recognises a PON vendor that has leveraged their existing PON solution to support enterprise subscribers and drive enterprise revenue streams for the operator.

Judges will consider:

  • Types of services 
  • New revenue stream /enterprise customer
  • Benefits to the enterprise customers 
  • Level of innovation 

Leading PON-Based Smart City Service

The Leading PON-Based Smart City Application Award recognises the PON Vendor that supported a Smart City service that has benefited the city and its citizens and visitors. 


Judges will consider

  • Deployment and service status 
  • Benefit to the smart city government and workers ]
  • Benefit to the ultimate end-user/consumer 
  • Level of innovation 

Most Innovative PON-based xHaul Transport Use Case

The Most Innovative PON-based xHaul Transport Use Case Award recognises the PON vendor that has leveraged their PON technology to deliver an xHaul transport solution. 


Judges will consider

  • Status of solution 
  • Ability to support xHaul transport 
  • Financial advantages of multi-use PON infrastructure 
  • Level of innovation 

Outstanding Green Fibre Use Case

The Outstanding Green Fibre Use Case Award recognises the PON vendor delivering sustainability, including energy and power efficiency, over the PON infrastructure, saving the operator OPEX. 

Judges will consider

  • Energy and power efficiency 
  • Additional sustainability benefits 
  • Benefits to the operators 
  • Benefit to the end-user/consumer 
  • Level of innovation 

Outstanding FTTH Service

This Outstanding FTTH Service Award recognises the end-to-end FTTH service that has ensured end-to-end network performance that has directly benefited the consumer experience.

Judges will consider

  • Benefit to the end-user/consumer 
  • Benefit to the operator 
  • Enabled consumer services 
  • Level of innovation 
      

Outstanding Switching and Routing Solution for PON

This Award recognises the switching and routing vendor that has improved PON network performance for the end-user/consumer with switching and routing technology.


Judges will consider

  • Benefit to the end-user/consumer 
  • Network performance improvement 
  • Level of innovation 
  • Level of sustainability 

Leading In-Home Wi-Fi Service

The Leading In-Home Wi-Fi Service Award recognises the in-home Wi-Fi that has improved connectivity and network performance, leading directly to an improved end-user/consumer experience.

Judges will consider

  • Benefit to the end-user/consumer 
  • Sustainability benefits 
  • Enabled services 
  • Level of innovation 

Most Innovative Smart Home Experience

The Most Innovative Smart Home Experience Award recognises the vendor deploying a smart home application that has directly benefited the consumer.  

Judges will consider

  • Breadth of service or application 
  • Level of revenue-generation 
  • Benefit to the consumer 
  • Innovation of service or application 

Outstanding Solution in Open RAN

This award recognises the best solution to accelerate Open RAN deployment and performance.


Judges will consider

  • Relevant use case(s)
  • Measure benefits for the operator 
  • Benefit to the consumer 
  • Level of innovation 

Outstanding Private 5G or Edge Project

The award recognises the best private 5G or edge project based on innovation, performance and commercialisation.

Judges will consider

  • Cost-efficiency of deployment 
  • New services/products/projects delivered 
  • Level of innovation 
  • Relevant case studies 

Best Service or Solution for the Enterprise

The award recognises the solution provider who developed and delivered the best service or solution for the enterprises based on innovation, customer satisfaction or commercialisation.

Judges will consider

  • New services/products/projects delivered 
  • Customer satisfaction 
  • Level of innovation 
  • Relevant case studies 

Outstanding CORE Network Product or Solution

This award recognises the best 5G Core network technology that enables network and service innovation for the operators. 

Judges will consider

  • An outline of the product/solution 
  • Specific characteristics that make this technology unique 
  • An example of the deployment of this solution 
  • A demonstration of the benefits of the deployment to operators and consumers 
  • Level of innovation 

Most Innovative Network Cloud Product or Solution

This award recognises the best 5G Core network technology that enables network and service innovation for the operators. 

Judges will consider

  • An outline of the product/solution
  • Specific characteristics that make this technology unique  
  • An example of the deployment of this solution
  • A demonstration of the benefits of the deployment to operators and consumers 
  • Level of innovation 

Outstanding Network AI Project or Solution

This award recognises the best network AI solution leading to network optimisation, operational efficiency and enhanced customer experience. 

Judges will consider

  • Time and cost-efficiency of deployment 
  • Benefit to the end-user/consumer 
  • Operational efficiency 
  • Level of innovation   
  • Relevant case studies 

Best All-Round Optical Transport Solution

This award recognises the solution that improves overall performance, reliability as well as customer and ultimate end-user/consumer experience across the optical transport network.

Judges will consider

  • Benefit to the operator 
  • Benefit to the ultimate end-user/consumer 
  • Level of transport network performance improvement 
  • Level of innovation   
  • Relevant case studies

Most Innovative Optical Transport Use Case

This award recognised an optical transport product/solution that is genuinely innovative and has created new monetary or performance value for the operator. 

Judges will consider

  • Benefit to the operator 
  • Metrics for performance and monetary improvement 
  • Level of innovation 
  • Relevant case studies 

Leading Data Centre Connect Vendor

This award recognises the data centre connect vendor that has delivered a leading and innovative all-round service for data centres.

Judges will consider:

  • Service benefit to the data centre 
  • Metrics for performance and monetary/service improvement for the data centre 
  • Level of innovation 
  • Relevant case studies  

Outstanding Fixed Wireless Access Solution

This award recognises the FWA vendor that has delivered an end-to-end solution that helps deliver a superior FWA experience for the consumer. 

Judges will consider

  • Benefit to the operator 
  • Benefit to the consumer  
  • Network performance improvement and reliability  
  • Level of innovation 
  • Relevant case studies 

Entry Information

  • Name of company and project/solution being nominated
  • What was the challenge, what was the concept and what were the objectives? (150 words)
  • Describe the outcome of this project - how did you measure impact and what were the successful insights? (350 words)
  • Please include any relevant links, documents and additional information

2024 Operator Categories

Outstanding Smart Home Operator

The Outstanding Smart Home Operator Award recognises the operator that has improved consumer experience and increased revenue with a smart home service or application. 


Judges will consider

  • Breadth of service/application 
  • Benefit to the consumer 
  • Revenue benefit 
  • Level of innovation 

Most Sustainable Network Project

This award will recognise the most ambitious network transformation project, showcasing sustainability and energy efficiency and cutting emissions at the heart of the project. 

Judges will consider

  • Benefit to the end consumer 
  • Reliability of project 
  • Level of innovation  
  • Energy and emissions savings 


Most Innovative OTN of the Year

This award will recognise the most transformational transport network project, showcasing improved network performance and ultimately an improved service for the end-user/consumer. 

Judges will consider

  • Benefit to the end consumer 
  • Level of transformation in terms of performance  
  • Level of innovation  
  • Energy and emissions savings

Outstanding Green OTN Use Case Award

The Outstanding Green OTN Use Case Award recognises a telco who has developed a market-leading sustainable, green and energy-efficient optical transport network.  
  
Judges will consider: 
Level of sustainability against legacy infrastructure 
Data for energy-efficiency and cost-saving benefits 
Network performance 
Level of innovation 

Leading Operator Network API Use Case

This award will the showcase outstanding use of Network APIs. The use case will demonstrate service innovation, monetisation for the operator and a benefit to the end-user/consumer. 

Judges will consider:

  • Benefit to the end user 
  • Monetisation for the operator  
  • Level of innovation  
  • Relevance and scale of use case(s) 

Most Innovative Generative AI Use Case

This award will recognise the leading use case leveraging generative AI technology, recognised advancement in the use case and benefit to the end user. 

Judges will consider

  • Advancement and development of the technology 
  • Benefit to the end user 
  • Relevant use cases  
  • Scale of any deployment

Entry Information

  • Name of company and project/solution being nominated
  • What was the challenge, what was the concept and what were the objectives? (150 words)
  • Describe the outcome of this project - how did you measure impact and what were the successful insights? (350 words)
  • Please include any relevant links, documents and additional information

Submission Guidelines

  • The word limit for entries is 500 words. Entries that exceed this limit will not be entered into the category for the judges to review. 
  • The awards represent recent innovations in the industry – the awards are for products and initiatives launched since June 2023. 
  • Once the nomination deadline has closed, submissions will be sent to the judges for them to consider against a list of criteria listed below.  
  • Judges are selected, based on industry knowledge & neutrality. 
  • The top-scoring submissions will make the shortlist and the award winners will be announced at the Official Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 8 October 2024 
  • Deadlines close on Monday 1 July 2024 
  • For any inquiries about the awards, please contact Christopher Lycett - Christopher.lycett@informa.com 

Supporting Uploads

  • For your entry, you may submit supporting documents. If available, please provide supporting documents (max 5 pages) in either .doc, .ppt or .pdf format. Please name your file in the following format: 
  • Company Name/Individual Name - Category Name 
  • Please ensure supporting documents support the product or service you are nominating. 

Judging Methodology

  • Network X judges are selected based on their market knowledge, industry standing and impartiality. Each category will have its own set of judges, with typically 5+ judges per category.
  • Judges independently and anonymously score each entry out of 10, based on information submitted within the entry and the supporting materials.  
  • Scores are tallied and the entrant with the best average score wins. In the event of a tie, judges will be asked to choose between the tied entrants to decide on a winner. 
  • Any entrant trying to provide additional information or influence the judges will be removed from the awards process. 

Top Tips for Entering

1. Check your entry meets the criteria.  
You’d be surprised how many entries get rejected due to a simple mistake such as being in the wrong category. The judges will check your entry against the criteria. You should too. 
 
2. Support your entry with customer use-cases 
Showing real-life deployments, success stories and benefits for your customers will add another layer of credibility to your application.  
 
3. Stick to the word limit.  
Make the most of the 500-word limit and focus on what matters. We recommend using stats, figures and measurable results that emphasise your achievements as part of the entry. Using real-life examples of how the technology has been applied (e.g. by a customer) and the results this delivered are highly encouraged as well.  
  
4. Get to the point. 
Start your entry/responses with the key information about the entry, and what you want the judges to know about. Then explain the What, Where, When and How of the entry. Write your entry in a clear, to the point and concise manner that keeps the judges’ attention. 
 
5. Do enter more than one category.  
There is no limit to the number of categories you can enter. 

Confidentiality Statement

Informa Tech, organiser of the Network X Awards, recognises and respects the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. We ensure that this recognition is shared by the judging panel and that entries are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process.

The judging panel is selected to avoid any conflict of interest. Once an entry is shortlisted, extracts from the entry summary only will be sourced for inclusion in the awards ceremony and any subsequent editorial coverage.

Please ensure your entry summary contains no confidential or sensitive information.