Network Transformation Awards - Categories and Entry Submission Guidelines

 

Recognise – Celebrate – Inspire
The Industry’s Premier Awards for Global Leadership & Achievement
 

  1. Cloud & Carrier Service
  2. Culture & Diversity
  3. Ecosystem & Partnership
  4. Individual Achievement
  5. Innovation & Technology
  6. Marketing Excellence
  7. Product & Solution
  8. Vertical Application

 

Deadline for Awards entry: Friday 18th August

 

Entry and Submission Process
Decide which Awards Categories and Sub-Categories you want to enter for, read the specific judging criteria in this Submission Guide, prepare your full responses, and then simply complete the online >> NetTA Submission Form

NetTA Guidelines, Rules and Procedures
Network Transformation Awards are the Industry’s Premier Awards for Global Leadership & Achievement, which serve to Recognise, Celebrate, and Inspire success in moving the market forward.

Layer123’s objective is to manage an open and transparent process, so that Awards are made with the highest credibility and integrity. Winners can be confident to receive an authentic Award, that highlights their leadership and achievement, and gives credit to themselves and their company.

Guidelines, rules and procedures for Submission, Judging and Announcement are summarised below; these may not be exhaustive.
 

Submission

  1. NetTA is open to any company operating in the telecoms industry worldwide.
  2. Entries must be submitted, written in English, using the online >> NetTA Submission Form
  3. Submissions must be received before the published deadline: Friday 18th August.
  4. Entries are open to all and free of charge: Layer123 does not levy an entry fee.
  5. You may submit more than one entry – use a separate NetTA Submission Form for each.
  6. You may enter on behalf of your own company, or a different 3rd party company.
  7. Please inform 3rd parties that they are being nominated, and provide their contact email.
  8. You are not required to be a Congress Sponsor or Exhibitor, in order to participate in NetTA.
  9. You are not required to be an Awards Sponsor, in order to participate in NetTA.
  10. Please provide complete responses in your submission (Assessment Points cannot be given by the judges for missing, incomplete or irrelevant information).
  11. If you have any questions, please email us >> awards@layer123.com

Judging

  1. If there are insufficient entries for an Award category, it may be merged with another.
  2. Entries are judged independently by a public panel of top analysts.
  3. Judges are invited solely from SDN NFV Congress Analyst Partners.
  4. All submissions are assessed against published criteria and graded using Assessment Points.
  5. Judges will use the specific information provided in the Submission Forms, also informed by their industry knowledge and experience.
  6. Judges may not accept monetary offers or other inducements to influence a favourable outcome.
  7. Judges assess multiple entries across multiple categories on a random matrix basis.
  8. Judges have no way of knowing who the winners of particular Awards will be.
  9. Companies found to be engaging in unfair practice will be disqualified from NetTA participation.

Announcement

  1. A shortlist of nominations per Award category will be published and featured, using the Public Synopsis information provided in the NetTA Submission Form.
  2. NetTA winners are announced during the NetTA Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony.
  3. No pre-announcement of winners or other awarding information is available beforehand.
  4. Winners must be present at the Gala Dinner, in order to receive any Award and their trophy.
  5. NetTA winners are featured prominently by Layer123, during and after the Congress.
  6. NetTA winners are featured across major media channels including Telecom TV, Official TV Partner.


1. Cloud & Carrier Service         >> enter using the NetTA Submission Form 

This Award recognises the successful launch of Cloud and Carrier Services in the last 12 months.

 Best NaaS Platform
 Best SD-WAN Service
 Best Security Transformation
 Best Service for Developing World
 Best vCPE/uCPE Enterprise Service

 

Please answer all the following questions using the NetTA Submission Form – Assessment Responses:

  1. Describe the new service and highlight its unique innovative features.
  2. How are customers benefiting from this service and what impact is it having on the market?
  3. What is the transformative role of SDN and NFV in this new service?
  4. Describe the service’s commercial success in terms of strong revenue growth and performance.
  5. Demonstrate how you are delivering transformative customer service.
  6. Identify key partnerships that are essential to the development and success of the service.
  7. Explain how you implemented a successful rollout of the service, highlighting key milestones.

Please provide quantitative data and testimonials to support the above: a minimum of two customer or partner testimonials is required, in order for your Award entry to be considered.

PLEASE NOTE: Assessment Points cannot be given for missing or irrelevant responses, so please provide your best response to each specific question as listed above.


2. Culture & Diversity                >> enter using the NetTA Submission Form 

This Award recognises culture and diversity initiatives and achievements in the telecoms networking arena in the last 12 months.

 Best Carrier DevOps Program
 Best IT+Networking Transformation
 Best Recruitment Program
 Best Reskilling & Retraining
 Best Workplace Equality

 

Please answer all the following questions using the NetTA Submission Form – Assessment Responses:

  1. Please describe the initiative / program you’re nominating for an Award.
  2. Is this a new initiative, or a development/extension of a running program?
  3. How does the initiative benefit either your organisation or the telecoms marketplace and what specific problems does it address?
  4. How successful has the initiative or program been in generating recognition/support/funding?
  5. What qualitative benefits has the initiative delivered?
  6. What quantitative impact has the initiative made; what is the size of the program?

Please provide quantitative data and testimonials to support the above: a minimum of two customer or partner testimonials is required, in order for your Award entry to be considered.

PLEASE NOTE: Assessment Points cannot be given for missing or irrelevant responses, so please provide your best response to each specific question as listed above.


3. Ecosystem & Partnership      >> enter using the NetTA Submission Form 

This Award recognises successful co-operation, partnership and ecosystem developments in the telecoms networking arena in the last 12 months.

 Best Ecosystem Program
 Best NFV Interoperability
 Best Standards Progression
 Best Open Source Development
 Best Validation/Certification Program

 

Please answer all the following questions using the NetTA Submission Form – Assessment Responses:

  1. Please describe the Ecosystem/Partnership initiative you’re submitting for an Award.
  2. What qualitative benefits has the initiative achieved for industry SDN & NFV transformation?
  3. How successful has the initiative been in attracting and growing support?
  4. How successful has the initiative been in achieving a continuous community engagement?
  5. What quantitative results has the initiative delivered to its members?
  6. What quantitative results has the initiative delivered to the wider industry?

Please provide quantitative data and testimonials to support the above: a minimum of two customer or partner testimonials is required, in order for your Award entry to be considered.

PLEASE NOTE: Assessment Points cannot be given for missing or irrelevant responses, so please provide your best response to each specific question as listed above.


4. Individual Achievement       >> enter using the NetTA Submission Form 

This Award recognises and celebrates individual achievement and contribution in the telecommunications marketplace.

 Contribution to Industry Collaboration
 Contribution to Network Transformation
 Contribution to Open Networking
 Contribution to Open Source
 Contribution to Standards Development

 

Please answer all the following questions using the NetTA Submission Form – Assessment Responses:

  1. How has this individual stepped forward to make their significant contribution?
  2. What distinguishes this individual’s contribution and sets it apart from many others?
  3. Describe the behaviours of this individual which set an example for others to follow
  4. What specific impact has their contribution made to their company’s success?
  5. What specific impact has their contribution made in the wider industry?

Please provide quantitative data and testimonials to support the above: a minimum of two customer or partner testimonials is required, in order for your Award entry to be considered.

PLEASE NOTE: Assessment Points cannot be given for missing or irrelevant responses, so please provide your best response to each specific question as listed above.


5. Innovation & Technology          >> enter using the NetTA Submission Form 

This Award recognises innovation and new technology development in the telecoms networking arena in the last 12 months.

 Best AI/ML Application
 Best Energy Efficiency
 Best Quantum Leap
 Best Start-Up Company
 Best Technology Innovation Program

 

Please answer all the following questions using the NetTA Submission Form – Assessment Responses:

  1. Please describe the Innovation you’re submitting for an Award.
  2. How does the innovation benefit the telecoms marketplace and what problem does it address?
  3. How successful has the innovation been in generating recognition/support/funding?
  4. What percentage of turnover do you invest in R&D and innovation projects?
  5. What sets this innovation apart from other headline innovations this year?

Please provide quantitative data and testimonials to support the above: a minimum of two customer or partner testimonials is required, in order for your Award entry to be considered.

PLEASE NOTE: Assessment Points cannot be given for missing or irrelevant responses, so please provide your best response to each specific question as listed above.


6. Marketing Excellence             >> enter using the NetTA Submission Form 

This Award recognises marketing excellence in the telecommunications marketplace in the last 12 months.

 Best Marketing Campaign
 Best Social Media Campaign
 Best Marketing Campaign around an Industry Event
 Best Launch Campaign

  

Please answer all the following questions using the NetTA Submission Form – Assessment Responses:

  1. What were the key objectives of the campaign?
  2. Indicate how your brand strategy has developed over the last 12 months.
  3. What is your push to market strategy? Please show the key milestones achieved.
  4. What new communication channels have you used effectively in this period?
  5. How have you measured the success of your campaign?
  6. Show how this campaign has influenced the market and market feedback.

Please provide quantitative data and testimonials to support the above: a minimum of two customer or partner testimonials is required, in order for your Award entry to be considered.

PLEASE NOTE: Assessment Points cannot be given for missing or irrelevant responses, so please provide your best response to each specific question as listed above.


7. Product & Solution             >> enter using the NetTA Submission Form 

This Award recognises companies that have successful launched a new product in the telecoms networking arena in the last 12 months.

 Best New Automation & Management
 Best New Cloud-Optical Solution
 Best New Hardware Platform
 Best New Open Source Product
 Best New Orchestration & Control
 Best New Security Solution
 Best New VNF Application
 Best New Product (unclassified)

 

Please answer all the following questions using the NetTA Submission Form – Assessment Responses:

  1. Please describe the Product and/or Solution, including its unique and innovative features.
  2. Please describe how new SDN and/or NFV technologies are used to build or deliver this product.
  3. How does the product benefit its users and what impact does it have on the market?
  4. Continuity or disruption – how easy is this product to integrate?
  5. How does this product interoperate with others in the Ecosystem?
  6. How quickly is the product being adopted in terms of customers, revenue or both?
  7. To what extent is the product standards compliant?

Please provide quantitative data and testimonials to support the above: a minimum of two customer or partner testimonials is required, in order for your Award entry to be considered.

PLEASE NOTE: Assessment Points cannot be given for missing or irrelevant responses, so please provide your best response to each specific question as listed above.


8. Vertical Application             >> enter using the NetTA Submission Form 

This Award recognises achievement in the creation, development and delivery of new applications in key verticals for the telecommunications marketplace.

 Best 5G Application
 Best Financial Application
 Best Government Application
 Best Automotive Application
 Best Smart City Application
 

Please answer all the following questions using the NetTA Submission Form – Assessment Responses:

  1. Please describe the application you are submitting and its core features
  2. Describe the transformative role of SDN and/or NFV in this application.
  3. What are the benefits and what problems does the application address?
  4. How successfully has the application been adopted/rolled out, is this a pilot/trial/production?
  5. What are the prospects for mass-market adoption and future adaptation to emerging needs?
  6. Demonstrate ease of use and customer/end-user engagement using this application.

Please provide quantitative data and testimonials to support the above: a minimum of two customer or partner testimonials is required, in order for your Award entry to be considered.

PLEASE NOTE: Assessment Points cannot be given for missing or irrelevant responses, so please provide your best response to each specific question as listed above.