Winners announced for the SCF Industry Awards 2023, recognizing innovation from across the eco-system

SCF announced the winners of the SCF Industry Awards 2023 at an awards ceremony during Small Cells World Summit in London. The SCF Industry Awards is independent awards event supporting technical innovation in, and the deployment of agile, cost-effective, scalable, cellular infrastructure and solutions by established and emerging service providers.
Winners announced for the SCF Industry Awards 2023, recognizing innovation from across the eco-system
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London, UK, 24 May, 2023 – SCF (Small Cell Forum) announced the winners of the SCF Industry Awards 2023 at an awards ceremony last night during Small Cells World Summit in London. The SCF Industry Awards is the only entirely independent awards event supporting technical innovation in, and the deployment of agile, cost-effective, scalable, cellular infrastructure and solutions by established and emerging service providers.

Winners were recognized from across the eco-system, including mobile network operators, neutral hosts, private network operators, and vendors of hardware, software and chipsets. 

A new award for Women in Wireless honored three women, recognizing their contribution to industry innovation and advancement. 

The SCF Industry Awards 2023 winners


Excellence in commercial deployment by a service provider

WINNER – Jio Platforms | Jio 5G Small Cells – A complete plan to build an automated solution, integrated seamlessly for easy and swift large-scale commercial deployment

Finalists: Freshwave and Three UK, Shared Access


Excellence in commercial deployment by a private network operator

WINNER – Vilicom, a BAI Communications company | A private network for the Moray East wind farm

Finalists: Airspan, with Druid Software, Betacom and Teltech, Boingo Wireless


Outstanding small cell technology in commercial use

WINNER – Freshwave | Small Cells and the City: Freshwave deploys the UK’s first truly shareable 4G and 5G multi-operator network pilot in the City of London

Finalists: Jio Platforms, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


Outstanding software and services technology for small cells in commercial use

WINNER – ETRI and EUCAST | Flexible 5G Small Cell Software and 5G Small Cell Specific Services

Finalists: LITEON and the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, ITRI


Outstanding contribution to emerging technology, architecture, and open networks

WINNER – Airspan | Small Cells and the functional split puzzle: Insights from the front lines

Finalists: Microamp Solutions, Mavenir


Outstanding innovation in chips or components to enable small-cell networks

WINNER – Satelles | STL for 5G Small Cell Timing Synchronization

Finalists: AccelerComm, iCana


Commercial products or services to enable multi-operator and neutral host business models

WINNER – CommScope | CommScope ONECELL Direct

Finalists: Enersys, Solid


Social Impact – Promoting Small Cells for Social/Economic/Environmental Development

WINNER – ZenFi, a BAI Communications company | Link 5G project in New York

Finalists: Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


Women in wireless award

  • WINNER – Rebecca Gray, Boingo
  • WINNER – Lianne East, CommScope
  • WINNER – Vicky Messer, Picocom


Judges Choice

WINNER – LITEON and the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University | Secure Communication Scheme

Finalists: ITRI, Freshwave and Three UK


Outstanding contribution to SCF activities

WINNER – Jussi Kahtava, Spectrum and Standards Engineer, Dense Air | For outstanding contribution to driving SCF’s regulatory agenda


The SCF Industry Awards, formerly the SCF Small Cell Awards, are open to the whole industry (you don’t need to be an SCF member) and they are judged independently by a panel of industry analysts and journalists. This year’s judging panel includes Keith Dyer, editor of The Mobile Network; Sue Rudd, Director of Networks and Service Platforms, Strategy Analytics, Dean Bubley, founder of Disruptive Analysis, Roberto Kompany, Principal Analyst, Service Provider Networks, at Omdia and Mark Keenan, CEO of Real Wireless.

Caroline Gabriel, Chair of the judging panel, commented: “It was fantastic to celebrate and recognize the innovation in our industry at the SCF Industry Awards. The winners reflect a diverse and changing eco-system and an evolving set of deployment models and use cases for small cells.  

“The judges were exceptionally impressed with the standard of the entries this year and the entrants’ commitment to delivering outstanding small cell deployments that have real commercial value or social and economic benefits.”

To view the winners visit 


About SCF

SCF is a global organization whose mission is to enable and accelerate the sustainable digital transformation of industry, enterprises and communities. We do this by supporting a range of agile, cost-effective, scalable, cellular infrastructure and solutions for established and emerging service providers and deployers.

We gather requirements from service providers and businesses and these inputs shape our work program. Our specifications, technical papers and enterprise-focused outputs are made freely available to benefit the wider industry.

Today our members are working on projects spanning split architectures, private networks, neutral host requirements and business model evolution, 5G small cell products, and policy and regulation.

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