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Welcome to the Fierce Innovation awards!  We are now accepting applications for categories designed to identify and showcase outstanding service and equipment developments unveiled during the past 12 months, along with those who make them, install them and deploy them. These awards are intended to promote the competitive spirit and initiative that spurs the design, development and distribution of groundbreaking solutions; to seek out the most evolutionary and revolutionary technologies and services in the industry; and to recognize and reward the best and brightest operators, service providers and vendors for their commitment to next-gen business and consumer offerings. These categories will be reviewed by a combination of service providers and analysts. The cost to apply to these categories is $500 per entry. To see a complete list of the product/service specific categories and the requirements to apply visit the categories page here.

This year we’ve also added two new category types which will honor Executive of the Year and Service Provider of the Year.  These categories will be judged by the Fierce Advisory Council, Fierce contributors and the Fierce editorial team.  The cost to apply to these categories is free however if you are selected as a winner you are required to attend the Next Gen Wireless Networks Summit "2018 Wireless Predictions" Dinner on Wednesday, November 29 in Dallas, TX to accept the award in person.  For more information about the event please visit the event website.  For more information about these categories and the requirements to apply please visit the categories page here.

2017 Program Timeline

  • Accepting Applications: Monday, August 7
  • Application Deadline: Friday, October 6 at midnight EST
  • Judging Period: Tuesday, October 10 through Friday, October 20
  • Finalists Announced: Tuesday, October 24
  • Product/Service Category Winners Announced: Tuesday, November 28 at the Next Gen Wireless Networks Summit "Network Night" in Dallas, TX.  For more information about the Summit please visit the event website.
  • Executive of the Year and Service Provider of the Year Winners Announced: Wednesday, November 29 at the Next Gen Wireless Networks Summit "2018 Predictions Dinner" in Dallas, TX.  For more information about the Summit please visit the event website.

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Changes to the Fierce Innovation Awards

In the fall of 2012 FierceMarkets launched its first annual Innovation Awards Program in the Telecom, Wireless and Cable markets.  Countless new products and services are introduced annually with the goal of helping service providers to solve critical challenges and to provide them with new and better ways to protect their bottom lines while creating enhanced revenue streams.  To that end, over the last 5 years more than 1,000 companies have applied to the Fierce Innovation Awards.

The 2017 Fierce Innovation Awards have been re-structured to focus on technology by industry. The Fall Telecom and Wireless program will concentrate on Wireless and Wireline products/services, a company and an individual making the greatest impact on our industry.  Winners will be announced at the Next-Gen Wireless Networks Summit on November 28-29 in Dallas, TX.

In 2018 there will be two programs - Spring 2018 will focus on Cable and Online Video technologies. This program will begin accepting applications on Monday, March 5, 2018.

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