The OnGo Awards program, presented by the CBRS Alliance, recognizes innovations in delivering real-world OnGo solutions and highlights the market impact of shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz CBRS band.
With the FCC expected to authorize Full Commercial Deployment in January of 2020, the OnGo Awards aim to celebrate the breadth and depth of the OnGo ecosystem already in place – from device manufacturers to network operators to enterprises across vertical markets.
- The nomination window will open in March 2020 (More information coming soon, stay tuned!)
- Entry will be open to both members and non-members of the Alliance
- There will be a nominal fee of $250 per entry to cover administrative costs
- The final deadline to submit will be in April 2020
- Winners will be announced at Connect (X) 2020, taking place on May 18-20 at the Miami Convention Center in Florida
- Excellence in OnGo Operator Deployment
- To qualify for this category, the submission must include a named an operator/cellular provider/mobile network operator (MNO), however, other contributing partners/vendors may be involved and mentioned in the submission.
- Excellence in OnGo Rural/WISP Deployment
- To qualify for this category, the submission must include a named rural/wireless internet service provider (WISP). However, other contributing partners/vendors may be involved and mentioned in the submission.
- Excellence in OnGo Enterprise Deployment
- To qualify for this category, the submission must be focused on an enterprise application, such as entertainment venues, office buildings, hotels, hospitals, retail outlets, university campuses, or shopping malls. All contributing partners in the delivery can be mentioned. Ideally, the Enterprise itself is mentioned by name.
- Excellence in OnGo Industrial IoT Deployment
- To qualify for this category, the deployment must be focused on an Industrial IoT application, such as manufacturing, mining, oil & gas, power & utilities, transportation, or port automation. All contributing parties in the delivery can be mentioned. Ideally, the Enterprise itself is mentioned by name.
- Outstanding Innovation in OnGo Technology and Architecture
- This is specifically a vendor category, where no customer needs to be named. To qualify for this category, the deployment must be focused on technical innovations that push the boundaries for OnGo adoption by enabling new architectures and use cases. Any OnGo technology can be submitted.
- Excellence in OnGo Business Case
- This awards rewards creative thinking and new ideas, which may be commercial or pre-commercial. The submission can be related to any application/market: operator, enterprise, rural, industrial, in-building, or public spaces.
- Excellence in OnGo Service delivery
- To qualify for this category, the deployment must be focused on the delivery of OnGo as a service, and highlight how access to spectrum has opened up new managed service delivery options.
- People’s Choice Award
- No submissions will be accepted for this award. Instead, we will invite the general public to vote for their preferred shortlisted submission. As we get closer to ConnectX, we will announce how to vote for the People’s Choice.
- Judges Choice Award
- No submissions will be accepted for this award. Instead, we will invite the judges to vote for their preferred shortlisted submission.
Submission Rules & Judging Criteria
- Entries are to be submitted in English and must conform to the specified word count. All entries exceeding the word count will be disqualified.
- The awards are open to commercial and trial applications of OnGo; however, applicants will be asked to classify the status as part of the submission.
- There is no limit to the number of categories that may be entered or the number of entries submitted per category.
- The submission will be judged on the written entry and NOT on the supporting documents or video materials.
- A winning entry must include the following components:
- Answers the “Why OnGo?” question
- Talks about the deployment (commercial or trial) and highlights all the benefits that OnGo brings to the table
- References customers and aims to include all vendors in the submissions
- Highlights new applications, technical or related to the business model
- Demonstrates market impact and customer benefits (like cost savings, quality of service improvements, and revenue generation)
2020 OnGo Award Judges
The 2020 OnGo Awards will be judged by a panel of judges comprised of industry analysts with distinct expertise within the OnGo market.
Joe Madden, Chief Analyst, Mobile Experts Inc.
Joe focuses on 5G, MEC, and IoT vertical markets, leading our analyst team to triangulate on accurate market forecasts. Over 30 years in mobile communications, he accurately predicted the rise of 5G Fixed Wireless, Small Cells, Digital Predistortion, and Remote Radio Heads. He is currently working on strategic predictions for Edge Computing.
Gabriel Brown, Principal Analyst – Mobile Networks & 5G, Heavy Reading
Gabriel leads mobile network research for Heavy Reading. Starting from a system architecture perspective, his coverage area includes RAN, core, and service-layer platforms. Key research topics include 5G, LTE Advanced, virtual RAN, software-based mobile core, and the application of cloud technologies to mobile networking.
Iain Gillott, Founder and President, iGR
Iain Gillott, founder and president of iGR, is an acknowledged wireless and mobile industry authority and an accomplished presenter. Mr. Gillott has been involved in the wireless industry, as both a vendor and analyst, for more than 26 years. iGR was founded in 2000 as iGillottResearch, Inc. in order to provide in-depth market analysis and data focused exclusively on the wireless and mobile industry, and now, on the move from 4G LTE to 5G.
Ken Rehbehn, Directing Analyst, Critical Communications, IHS Markit
Ken Rehbehn is a mobile communications analyst at IHS Markit, specializing in mission-critical and business-critical communications technologies used for public safety and industry
Mark Lowenstein, Managing Director, Mobile Ecosystem
Mark Lowenstein is a leading wireless industry executive, advisor, and commentator. Most recently, Lowenstein was a member of the senior leadership team at Verizon Wireless, where as Vice President of Strategy he led the company’s efforts in product and business planning, market segmentation, national pricing, and customer intelligence for both consumer and enterprise markets.
Monica Paolini, Principal, Senza Fili
Monica Paolini, PhD, is the founder and president of Senza Fili. She is an expert in wireless technologies and has helped clients worldwide to understand new technologies and customer requirements, create and assess financial TCO and ROI models, evaluate business plan opportunities, market their services and products, and estimate the market size and revenue opportunity of new and established wireless technologies.