LONDON, November 15, 2017— The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) today announced the winners of the sixth annual
WBA Industry Awards at its Wireless Global Congress event in New York.

Judged by a panel of independent industry experts, analysts and journalists, each year the awards honor the most exceptional – and best practice – networks, smart cities and remote wireless deployments from operators and technology vendors across the globe. A full list of the judging panel is below.

The winners of the WBA Industry Awards for 2017 are:

  • Best Next Gen Wi-Fi Operator Deployment: SK Telecom
  • Best Converged Operator Deployment: Boingo Wireless
  • Best Wireless Network Infrastructure: Cisco Systems
  • Best Consumer-Centric Wireless Service Innovation: KT
  • Best Industrial Wireless Service Innovation: Galgus
  • Best Connected City Deployment: Sterlite Technologies Limited
  • Best Wireless Deployment in Rural or Remote Areas: BrightWave Technologies
  • Best Wireless Innovation and Excellence in Social Impact: Mojo Networks
  • WBA Wireless Leadership Award: David Hagan at Boingo Wireless
  • Distinguished Member Award (non-operator): Cisco Systems
  • Distinguished Member Award (operator): Boingo Wireless

“I’d like to congratulate all of our winners and those who were shortlisted, as well as thanking everyone who has taken part in the WBA Industry Awards for 2017. Each year we are astounded by the extremely high standard of the awards submissions and this year was no exception,” said Shrikant Shenwai, CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance. “It’s exciting to see the commitment in terms of innovation, technical and business expertise, as well as the passion, that vendors and operators across the globe are feeding into the Wi-Fi industry. I am looking forward to seeing what the next 12 months brings, and how the Wi-Fi ecosystem will continue to grow and flourish further.
“Yet again, the entries for the WBA Industry Award were of an exceptional standard. The winners, those shortlisted and those who entered should all be extremely proud of their achievements – they certainly made our decision-making a lot harder,” added the WBA Awards judges. “What resonated from each and every award submission, was a clear commitment to making a positive impact on the Wi-Fi industry as a whole.”


The 2017 WBA Industry Awards were judged by a panel of independent experts, analysts and journalists, including:

  • Vijay Sammeta, Civic Foundry LLC
  • Peter Jarich, Global Data Technology
  • Alexander Richardson, IHS Markit
  • Christian Kim, IHS Technology
  • Richard Webb, IHS Technology
  • Adlane Fellah, Maravedis
  • Kyung Mun, Mobile Experts
  • Caroline Gabriel, Rethink Technology Research
  • Monica Paolini, Senza Fili Consulting
  • Roz Euan-Smith, STL Partners
  • Susan Welsh de Grimaldo, Strategy Analytics
  • Frank Rayal, XONA Partners


Additionally, the WBA Wireless Leadership Award was chosen by a select panel of judges, including the following WBA board members:

  • Angie Wiskocil, Executive Advisor
  • Reza Jafari, E-Development International Chairman and CEO
  • Steve Andrews, AbbeyBarn Communications Ltd, CEO



About the Wireless Broadband Alliance

 Founded in 2003, the mission of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is to champion the development of the converged wireless broadband ecosystem through seamless, secure and interoperable unlicensed wireless broadband services for delivering outstanding user experience. Building on our heritage of NGH and carrier Wi-Fi, WBA will continue to drive and support the adoption of Next Generation Wi-Fi services need coexistence and convergence of unlicensed and licensed networks across the entire public Wi-Fi ecosystem, including IoT, Big Data, Converged Services, Smart Cities, 5G, etc. Today, membership includes major fixed operators such as BT, Comcast and Time Warner Cable; 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, Orange and Ruckus Wireless. For a complete list of current WBA members, please click here.

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