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

Entries closed – Winners announced at FutureNet World

2023 Categories

The Operator Award

The best example of an automation deployment (for operators or joint operators & vendors)


The Network Disaggregation Award

The best example of a disaggregated networking solution (vendors only)


The Orchestration Award

The most innovative automated service orchestration solution (vendors only)


The Network Sustainability Award

The best intelligent automation solution for network sustainability and energy efficiency (vendors only)

The Automation Solution Award

The leading solution for network automation (vendors only)


The most innovative application of AI & Automation

…to enhance customer experience (vendors only)


The AIOps Award

The best operations solution incorporating AI functionality (vendors only)


The Technology Leader Award

Outstanding contribution throughout their career (by nomination only)


2023 Judges

Amy Cameron, Principal Analyst, STL Partners

James Crawshaw, Principal Analyst, Omdia

Dimitris Mavrakis, Senior Research Director, ABI Research

Adaora Okeleke, Principal Analyst, Analysys Mason

Roy Chua, Founder & Principal, AvidThink

Francis Haysom, Partner & Principal Analyst, Appledore Research

Mark Newman, Chief Analyst, TM Forum

Christopher Silverberg, Research Manager, European Telecommunications Insights, IDC

2022 Awards Video

“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


“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, Founder and CEO,


“We’re very excited to have received this recognition from FutureNet World and believe your industry experts have confirmed the value and innovation capabilities we provide”

Anis Chemli ,VP of Marketing and Sales, Guavus


“It’s very gratifying to win for the launch project last year and to win this year for the product in action”

Bill Stanley, Marketing, Nokia


Read the “Hear from the Winners” Article here​

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

Entry Criteria

Successful entries will demonstrate (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 unto multiple categories.


31st January Entries open

17th March Entries Deadline

14th April Shortlist announced

3rd May Winners announced at FutureNet World