London, 31st October, 2018 – The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has today announced the winners of the seventh annual WBA Industry Awards at its Wireless Global Congress event, held in London.

The awards honour the exceptional progress made in wireless networks, smart cities and remote wireless deployments among operators and technology vendors worldwide. The aim of the independent judging panel of industry experts, analysts and journalists, is to recognise and encourage excellence, as well as promote successful practices and strategies in different aspects of wireless industry performance. Please see below for a complete list of the judging panel.

The winners of the WBA Industry Awards 2018 are:

  • Best Operator Deployment Award: KT Corporation
  • Best Wireless Network Infrastructure Award: Ruckus Networks
  • Best Consumer-Centric Wireless Service Innovation Award: SK Telecom
  • Best Business Wireless Service Innovation Award: The University of British Columbia, Cisco and Sensible Building Science
  • Best Connected City Deployment Award: City of London Corporation & CTIL
  • Best Wireless Deployment in Rural or Remote Areas Award: Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT)
  • Best Wireless Innovation and Excellence in Social Impact Award: GlobalReach Technology
  • WBA Wireless Leadership Award (Double Winner): Derek Peterson, Boingo Wireless; Mr. Anupam Shrivastava, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)
  • Distinguished Member Award (Non-Operator): Cisco Systems
  • Distinguished Member Award (Operator): Boingo Wireless

“All the award entries this year highlighted the innovation, passion and expertise of the players within the Wi-Fi industry. To the winners of each award, as well as those shortlisted, I would like to congratulate you on the outstanding contributions you have made to the industry. I would also like to thank everyone who has taken part in the WBA Industry Awards 2018,” said Tiago Rodrigues, General Manager, WBA. “The industry’s commitment to the advancement of Wi-Fi globally is truly inspiring. This approaching year is set to be one of the industry’s most exciting as we move into the era of 5G, and I am honoured to be part of this progressive and exciting space.”

The WBA Award judges added “The dedication to positively influencing the Wi-Fi industry has truly stood out in all the award entries this year. While it has made the judging of these awards that much harder, we are overwhelmed by the standard of the entries and encourage all participants to continue their astounding work within the Wi-Fi technology industry.”

The 2018 WBA Industry Awards were judged by the following independent experts, analysts and journalists:

  • Adlane Fellah, Maravedis
  • Caroline Gabriel, Rethink Technology Research
  • Chris Pennell, IDC
  • Frank Rayal, XONA Partners
  • Ian Scales, TelecomTV
  • Kyung Mun, Mobile Experts LLC
  • Monica Paolini, Senza Fili Consulting
  • Richard Webb, IHS Technology
  • Roz Parkinson, IDC
  • Susan Welsh de Grimaldo, Strategy Analytics
  • William Webb, Weightless SIG

For a full list of 2018’s WBA Industry Awards award winning entries, please see:



About the Wireless Broadband Alliance

Founded in 2003, the mission of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is to resolve business issues and enable collaborative opportunities for service providers, enterprises and cities, enabling them to enhance the customer experience on Wi-Fi and significant adjacent technologies. Building on our heritage of NGH and carrier Wi-Fi, the WBA will continue to drive and support the adoption of Next Generation Wi-Fi services across the entire public Wi-Fi ecosystem, having a focus on four major programmes: Carrier Wi-Fi Services, Next Generation Wireless & 5G, IoT, and Connected Cities. Today, membership includes major fixed operators such as BT, Comcast and Charter Communication; seven of the top 10 mobile operator groups (by revenue) and leading technology companies such as Cisco, Microsoft, Huawei Technologies, Google and Intel. WBA member operators collectively serve more than 2 billion subscribers and operate more than 30 million hotspots globally.

The WBA Board includes AT&T, Boingo Wireless, BT, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Intel, KT Corporation, Liberty Global, NTT DOCOMO and Orange. For a complete list of current WBA members, please click here.

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