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.
Need to know
- Entries are open to both members and non-members of the CBRS Alliance
- The final deadline to submit is TBD – Fall
- There is a nominal fee of $250 per entry to cover administrative costs. There is no limit to the number of categories that may be entered or the number of entries submitted per category.
- For any questions or concerns about your nomination, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Excellence in OnGo Operator Deployment
- To qualify for this category, the submission must include a named mobile or cable network operator, 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 both commercial and trial depolyments of OnGo; however, applicants will be asked to classify the status as part of the submission.
- Supporting documents and videos are allowed, however the submission will be judged on the written entry and NOT on the supporting materials.
- A winning entry should aim to include the following components:
- Answer the “Why OnGo?” question. Why is OnGo the right solution for this deployment?
- Demonstrate market impact and customer benefits (cost savings, quality of service improvements, revenue generation)
- Define clear use cases and outline the deployment (commercial or trial) highlighting the benefits that OnGo brings to that particular use case
- Reference customers when specified and include the lead solution partners
- Highlight new applications, either technical or related to the business model
Please note, the CBRS Alliance board and its members will not be involved in the judging process. The team of Judges, led by Joe Madden, has full responsibility for judging the awards and settling any ties.
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.