All early-stage companies who are invited to present at a Telecom Council meeting have been identified as a promising telecom company. From among these, some young companies stand out for their innovation, market opportunity or quantifiable interest among the Council's 25 global Service Providers including AT&T, British Telecom, DoCoMo, France Telecom/Orange, Swisscom, Verizon, Vodafone and many other fixed and wireless carriers from Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

At the SPIFFYs, we recognize, the best of the best.

Award winners were announced by members of the Council’s The Service Provider Innovation Forum (SPIF) including Nokia, US Cellular, SoftBank U.S. Inc., BT, Rogers, Deutsche Telekom , Swisscom and Brocade on the first evening of TC3 2015.


The 2015 SPIFFY AWARD WINNERS are…

  • The Graham Bell Award for Best Communication Solutions goes to Jolata
  • The Edison Award for Most Innovative Start-Up goes to Indoor Atlas
  • The San Andreas Award for Most Disruptive Technology goes to Zimperium
  • The Core Award for Best Fixed Telecom Opportunity goes to 1 Mainstream
  • The Zephyr Award for Best Mobile Opportunity goes to Pradeo
  • The Ground Breaker Award for Engineering Excellence goes to Parstream
  • The Prodigy Award for the Most Successful SPiF Alumni is Kumu Networks
  • The Fred & Ginger Award for Most Supportive Carrier goes to Sprint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2015 SPIFFY Award Nominees will be selected by the Telecom Council's Service Provider Forum (SPIF) from among nearly 200 early-stage companies representing the broad range of telecom products and services who presented at Telecom Council meetings from June 2014 to May 2015.

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And the 2015 nominees are...

The Edison Award for Most Innovative Start-Up
Some ideas are so unusual they surprise you, but it's a small minority of these that are also likely to succeed. With this award, we recognize the startup that brings the most innovative ideas, but also the ability to successfully bring that idea to market.
  • Affirmed Networks, NFV, virtualization, mobile network infrastructure
  • Indoor Atlas, magnetic fields, indoor positioning, GPS, Indoor maps, GEO
  • Mirantis, OpenStack, NFV, Cloud Computing, Linux, Private Cloud, Public Cloud, IaaS
  • OnRamp Wireless, smart grid, industrial automation, smart city, IoT, M2M
  • PLUMgrid, networking, cloud, infrastructure
  • Sensory, speech recognition, handsfree, speaker verification, voice password, voice biometric

The Ground Breaker Award for Engineering Excellence
This award is offered to the company that has produced the most impressive technological advancements. These are the firms who have invested in R&D, and have turned the gears of progress through sweat, tenacity, and a Costco account for Jolt and Mountain Dew.
  • Astrapi, non-periodic signals, spiral-based modulation, signal processing, spectrum optimization, waveform
  • Cataleya, IP Services Platform, SBC, Multimedia, SIP, DIAMETER, WebRTC, Real time network and service level analytics, real time subscriber quality of experience, real time fraud alert, big data
  • CogniCor Technologies, automated, resolution
  • Parstream, Big Data, Fast Data, Real-time Analytics, Analytic Database, Columnar Database, Telecom Analytics
  • Redstone Technologies, gigabit, connectivity
  • Tarana Wireless, wireless transport, gigabit, fiber extension, small cell backhaul

The Graham Bell Award for Best Communication Solutions
Telecom is really about helping people communicate, historically that has meant connecting one with another, but now can mean connecting many with many, or connecting people to machines. This award recognizes the company that advanced the noble cause of improving telecommunications.

The San Andreas Award for Most Disruptive Technology
This award is for the most game-changing startup to present to the Telecom Council. It is offered to the company whose progress is most likely to disrupt markets and change the way people do things.

The Core Award for Best Fixed Telecom Opportunity
This award recognizes the best investment opportunity within the fixed telecom sector that we've seen at the SPIF Meeting in the past year.

The Zephyr Award for Best Mobile Opportunity
This award recognizes the best investment opportunity within the mobile telecom sector that we've seen at the SPIF Meeting in the past year.
  • Cinova Media, ecommerce, streaming, online photos, cloud, engagement
  • Fastback Networks, backhaul, data networking
  • NextNav, Wireless, Indoor, Positioning, GPS, GNSS
  • PRADEO, App behavior, 1 min analysis
  • Syntonic, split billing, BYOD, mobile, analytics, expense reporting
  • XCellAir, optimization, hetnet

The Prodigy Award for the Most Successful SPIF Alumni
This award is given to the past SPIF presenting company that went on to achieve the most notable growth, market success or exit.
  • Eden Rock Communications, self organizing networks, spectrum management, spectrum coexistence, spectrum sharing
  • Interactions, internet of things, interface, speech recognition, natural language
  • Kumu Networks, Full-duplex, wireless, technology, RF
  • MapR, Big data, Hadoop, analytics
  • Mobidia Technology, mobile metrics, app usage, LTE, Wi-Fi, data,mobile analytics, big data
 
Past winners include:

Award Category 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Graham Bell Jajah Trutap Funambol Aegis Mobility Blue Jeans Network Range Networks Tarana Wireless
Edison Loopt 4Home Lithium Technologies Motally Plex SIGFOX Kumu Networks
San Andreas Sling Media Bling Micro Power AirHop Communications Bridgewave Communications SmartThings Connectem
Core Adzilla Brilliant Telecom Edgewater Networks Lithium Technologies Cloudscaling 2600hz TRUSTID
Zephyr Obopay Bling Gogobeans BOKU Devicescape Quixey SpiderCloud Wireless
Ground Breaker Ruckus Wireless Morpho Cooliris Violin Memory Expertmaker Jibe Mobile Shared Spectrum Company
Prodigy Sling Media 2Wire 4Home Swype Ruckus Wireless Violin Memory Mobile Iron
Fred & Ginger British Telecom Swisscom Verizon Wireless Sprint Bouygues Telecom Orange BT
Yellow Brick -- -- -- -- -- -- Cisco
Sand Hill -- -- -- -- -- -- Sequoia Capital

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