Recognising outstanding automation & AI innovation that changes the way APAC’s future networks function and operate


Winners announced at FutureNet Asia 2023

2023 Finalists


The APAC Operator Award

The best example of a successful automation deployment

Winner: Advanced Info Service (AIS) & Huawei Technologies


Advanced Info Service (AIS) & Huawei Technologies
Ncell Axiata
Rakuten Mobile & Rakuten Symphony
Singtel & Red Hat
Telstra & Nokia


The Automation Solution Award

The leading solution for network automation deployed in APAC

Winner: Rakuten Symphony


Anuta Networks
AsiaInfo Technologies & China Mobile Guizhou
Ericsson & DNB
P.I. Works
Rakuten Symphony


The Orchestration Award

The most innovative automated service orchestration solution deployed in APAC

Winner: Amdocs


DCConnect Global
Nokia & stc
Rakuten Symphony
Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS)


The Technology Leader Award

Outstanding industry contribution (by nomination only)

Winner: Mark Chong, Deputy CEO, AIS (Thailand)


The AIOps Award

The best operations solution incorporating AI functionality deployed in APAC

Winner: VMware


AsiaInfo Technologies & China Mobile Tianjin
Ericsson & DNB
Rakuten Symphony


The most innovative application of AI & Automation

to enhance customer experience in APAC

Winner: AsiaInfo Technologies & China Mobile Tianjin


AsiaInfo Technologies & China Mobile Tianjin
Ericsson & TPG
Huawei Technologies
Rakuten Symphony & Rakuten Mobile
Ranplan Wireless


The Network Sustainability Award

The best intelligent automation solution for network sustainability and energy efficiency

Winner: Ericsson & Singtel


AsiaInfo Technologies & China Unicom
Ericsson & Singtel
Rakuten Symphony & Rakuten Mobile
Red Hat, Intel & NEC

2023 Judges

Shanthi Ravindran, Principal Analyst, Appledore Research

Jake Saunders, Managing Director APAC, ABI Research

Emma Buckland, Senior Analyst, STL Partners

Roy Chua, Founder & Principal, Avid Think

Peter Jarich, Head of GSMA Intelligence, GSMA

Nikhil Batra, Research Director, Telecom and IoT, IDC

Past shortlisted & winning companies

Smart Communications | Singtel | China Unicom |  Amdocs | P.I. Works | Rakuten Mobile | Juniper Networks | Rakuten Symphony | JIO |  Huawei Technologies | Ericsson | LGU+ |  Microsoft | Globe Telecom | VMware | China Mobile | Blue Planet, a division of Ciena | Anuta Networks | Netcracker | Nokia | Blue Planet, A Division of Ciena | Indosat Ooredoo Hutchison and many more


“Industry validation from FutureNet World reinforces our goal of enabling more open, automated networks so end users can have stellar customer experiences”

Rick Hamilton, Senior Vice President, Blue Planet, a division of Ciena

“The fact is we were in a very competitive category  is certainly something we are very proud of, and I’m thrilled about”

Partha Seetala, President of Unified Cloud Business Unit, Rakuten Symphony

Why Enter?


Shortlisted entries become part of a press campaign reaching 20,000+ Telecoms professionals

Winning entries featured and companies interviewed for a ‘Winners Special’ editorial feature

We want to attract the best innovation from large and small companies alike – It’s free to enter for all!

Have your entry judged by leading analyst judges (soon to be announced)

Entry Criteria


Successful entries must demonstrate successful deployments in the Asia Pacific region and will include applications and reference points to illustrate this (one or more of):

  1. Substantial reductions to the life cycle costs of operating a network
  2. Driving revenue/commercial growth
  3. Outstanding technical innovation
  4. Adding new dimensions to customer experience

Entries should be text only and not include supporting documentation or hyperlinks.

You may submit different entries to different categories, but not the same entry into multiple categories.


22th June Entries open

7th September Entries Deadline

3rd October Shortlist announced

18th October Winners announced at FutureNet Asia

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