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Nominations open for Edison Awards

NOMINATION FORM

Communications Day has been providing Australia’s telecommunications industry with daily news and analysis since 1994. We’ve been organising and hosting what have become Australia’s leading telecommunications industry conferences since 2001, and since then, in conjunction with the Service Providers’ Action Network and Communications Alliance, we have helped organise and host Australia’s leading telecom industry awards.

We are now excited to announce that in 2017, we launch a new telecom industry award series for a new telecom industry; the Edison Awards (“the Eddys”). Named after Thomas Edison, the prolific American inventor who made our industry’s networks and applications possible, the Edison Awards have one simple goal:

To identify the best-of-breed businesses, organisations and individuals in each recognized industry vertical market and honour them publicly. No distractions. No noise. Just recognition.

The Edison Awards are judged by an eminent panel of Australian and global telecommunications experts.

This is the nomination form for the 2017 Edison Awards. Nominations for the Edisons are free. To nominate, you must:

* complete full contact details for your nomination
* nominate the category for your submission
* attach a nomination pitch of up to 1000 words
* Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

Send your nomination pitch in a readable format and your links/supporting document in one email to: Grahamelynch@commsdaymail.com
Any questions MUST be made by email so that answers can be made definitively.

Just one nomination per application/email. If you wish to make multiple nominations, please send each of them in a separate email.
NOMINATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 13 2017 COB.

Your nomination must include your contact name, email, phone no, the nominee company/product/individual and the category in which you wish to nominate

CATEGORIES

* Best telecom law firm
This category is open to legal companies and organisations which provide services to the telecommunications sector. Please explain in up to 1000 words what your organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best telecom industry analyst/advocate (individual)
This category is open to individuals who act as industry analysts or advocates. The category is open to but not limited to such nominees as equity analysts, lobbyists, technology futurists, researchers and academics. Please explain in up to 1000 words what you achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best telecom capital raising (joint award)
This joint category must name both a financial and industry nominee for best capital raising in calendar year 2016. The category is open to but not limited to initial public offerings, debt issues, mergers, acquisitions, reverse listings and venture capital deals. Please explain in up to 1000 words what your organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best mobile device
This category is open to nominated devices which were brought to market in the calendar year of 2016. The category is open to but not limited to mobile handsets, specialist mobile communications devices such as those for emergency services, dongles and IoT devices. Please explain in up to 1000 words what defined your device as the best in class. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best cloud provider
This category is open to service providers who provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS) or a service related in concept. Please explain in up to 1000 words what your organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best telecom network vendor
This category is open to network manufacturers who supplied core or access network technology to an Australian telecom operator in 2016. Please explain in up to 1000 words what your organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best data centre operator
This category is open to data centre operators with Australian premises. Please explain in up to 1000 words what your organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best voice and hosted PBX provider
This category is open to service providers of PSTN, VOIP or hosted PBX services. Please explain in up to 1000 words what your organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best fixed wireless operator
This category is open to network operators providing fixed wireless solutions in rural, regional and urban markets but does not include mobile services. Please explain in up to 1000 words what your organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best virtual network operator
This category is open to resellers or VNOs of both mobile and fixed telecommunications services who do not use their own networks. Please explain in up to 1000 words what your organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best SVOD provider
This category is open to firms who provide streaming video services both free and subscription based, including both OTT providers and operators. Please explain in up to 1000 words what your organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best IoT/M2M company
This category is open to service providers in the Internet of Things and Machine To Machine markets. Please explain in up to 1000 words what your organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best satellite company
This category is open to any company which provides services in the Australian satellite market, including international and domestic operators, resellers, ground infrastructure providers and others. Please explain in up to 1000 words what your organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best ISP
This category is open to service providers of broadband Internet services. Please explain in up to 1000 words what your organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. We have a particular interest in network upgrades, service and price differentiation, plus branding and marketing initiatives. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best long haul network operator
This category is open to operators of long haul networks such as submarine cables, terrestrial trunk fibre or backhaul. Those networks must have an Australian footprint or landing point. Please explain in up to 1000 words what your organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Best mobile operator
This category is open to mobile network operators. Please explain in up to 1000 words what your organisation achieved in calendar year 2016 which marks you as the best of your peers. We have a particular interest in network upgrades, service and price differentiation, plus branding and marketing initiatives. Attach up to three links or supporting documents such as testimonials, websites or articles supporting your nomination.

* Hall of fame
This category is open to individuals with a life time of achievement in the telecom sector in Australia and should be nominated by those other than the nominee. Please explain in up to 1000 words what this individual achieved in their career which justifies their inclusion in a hall of fame. A short list will then be put to a reader vote.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
After you have emailed your nomination it will be considered by a panel made of up of some of the following judges:
* ACCAN CEO Teresa Corbin
* ASTRA CEO Andrew Maiden
* CommsDay group editorial director Petroc Wilton
* CommsDay senior editor Geoff Long
* Coutts Communications principal Professor Reg Coutts
* Decisive Publishing director and CommsDay founder Grahame Lynch
* Eintellego Networks founder Skeeve Stevens
* HKBN CTO and former NBN Co CTO Gary McLaren
* International Institute of Communications president and former ACMA chair Chris Chapman
* Market Clarity principal Shara Evans
* New Street Research senior telecommunications analyst Ian Martin
* Telsyte managing director Foad Fadaghi

The judges will consider your nomination throughout February 2017 and as soon as they reach their decision, winners will be informed so they can prepare for attendance at and/or acceptance speeches for the March 9 ceremony. We expect to do this before February 21. Winners will be entitled to one free pass for the event for the accepting executive. They will also be offered winners packages which license them the ability to use the official award logo and recognition in their own marketing for the ensuing year.
Please send your nomination with supporting documents in one email to Grahamelynch@commsdaymail.com by February 13 2017.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available from Veronica Kennedy-Good at veronica@mindsharevents.com.au