Did you make it onto the 2019 Glotel Awards shortlist?

It’s that time of year when even Brexit and the Ashes pale into insignificance compared to the unveiling of the Global Telecoms Awards shortlist.

There were a record number of entrants this year, resulting in a record number of shortlisted entries. The incredibly diverse range of participants, products and projects illustrates what a vibrant industry telecoms is at it embarks on the 5G era. In acknowledgement of that new awards were created, not just for 5G but AI, digital transformation and IoT, as well as an opportunity to crown the operator of the year for the first time.

“Over a hundred entries were shortlisted across 21 categories this year, which is great to see,” said Scott Bicheno, Editor of Telecoms.com. “The start of the 5G era has presumably contributed to this increased desire for industry recognition and the great response we received shows the new categories hit the mark. As ever I’m really looking forward to hosting the awards evening later this year, which looks set to be a top night.”

So, are you still in with a shout of winning? To find out, cross your fingers and click here. Now it’s over to the panel of independent judges to do the tricky job of picking the winners, which will be announced at the awards evening on 7 November.

Telecoms industry set to finally get the recognition it deserves

Hard working telecoms industry professionals are set to finally emerge from decades of bleak anonymity thanks to the new, improved Glotel Awards.

The 2019 version has just been launched and is open for entries. Now in its seventh year the event is single-handedly responsible for plucking telecoms vendors, service providers and the general ecosystem from obscurity and putting them on the pedestal they richly deserve. It would only be slightly hyperbolic to say the awards change people’s lives.

But the awards team passionately believe you can never have too much philanthropy, so have spent every waking moment since the triumphant 2018 event racking their brains for ways to improve it further, seemingly impossible though that might seem. So this year it has a bunch of new categories a shiny new brand and many other juicy surprises up its sleeve.

“Last year was a great laugh, with Russel Kane warming up the room perfectly and a really broad selection of winners from across the industry,” said Scott Bicheno, Editor of Telecoms.com. “I don’t know how Sophie and her team do it, but somehow they’ve managed to raise the bar once more and I’m counting the days until the next Awards evening already.”

“I don’t know what the telecoms industry would do without you lot, if I’m honest,” said some bloke Bicheno met in the pub. “I’ve just about had it up to here with vendors and operators not getting the recognition they deserve so I’d like to buy you all a drink. Just pints mind, no cocktails or nothing like that.”

All that remains is for you, yes you vendor whose always complaining about how nobody has heard of you, to go to the Awards site and see which category you think best fits what you do. The 2019 Glotel Awards will be the biggest and best yet and, quite frankly, you can’t afford not to be involved.