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


Congratulations to the winners of the six categories, announced at FutureNet World, the Tower Hotel, London, 10th of May

2022 Winners & Shortlist of Finalists


The Operator Award

The best example of a successful automation deployment


  • Rakuten Mobile & Rakuten Symphony


  • A1 Telekom Austria
  • BT
  • China Unicom & Huawei Technologies
  • Rakuten Mobile & Rakuten Symphony
  • TDC NET & Ericsson
  • Türk Telekom
  • DISH Network & VMware


The Automation Solution Award

The leading solution for network automation


  • Blue Planet, a division of Ciena


  • BT
  • Blue Planet, a division of Ciena
  • Elisa Polystar
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Itential
  • Netcracker Technology
  • Resolve Systems


The Technology Leader Award

Outstanding contribution throughout their career (by nomination only)


  • Dr. Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO, Telus


The Orchestration Award

The most innovative automated service orchestration solution


  • VMware


  • BT
  • HPE
  • Inmanta
  • Netcracker Technology
  • Oracle
  • VMware


The AIOps Award

The best operations solution incorporating AI functionality


  • Huawei Technologies


  • B-Yond
  • Celfocus
  • China Unicom & Nokia
  • Guavus (a Thales company)
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Netcracker Technology
  • VMware


The most innovative application of AI & Automation

…to enhance customer experience


  • Nokia & China Mobile


  • China Mobile and Nokia
  • Oracle
  • Rakuten Symphony
  • Türk Telekom & ETIYA
  • VMware


Sponsoring the brand new ‘Technology Leader Award’

2021 Highlights


Amy Cameron, Principal Analyst, STL Partners

Francis Haysom, Partner & Principal Analyst, Appledore Research

Mark Newman, Chief Analyst, >TM Forum & ConnectivityX

James Crawshaw, Principal Analyst, Omdia

Dimitris Mavrakis, Research Director, ABI Research

Adaora Okeleke, Principal AnalystAnalysys Mason

“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 (soon to be announced)

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

2022 Entries closed


29 March Entries Closed

19 April Shortlist announced

10 May Awards ceremony with the winners announced

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