PTC Innovation Awards

The PTC Innovation Awards recognize the individuals and companies that have transformed and continue to transform our industry and the markets we serve.

We honor individuals and companies pushing innovation and inspiration in the tech community as well as society at large. With the annual PTC Innovation Awards we give the PTC community a standard for innovation and how it impacts our future, and to ensure that together, we continue to raise the bar.

The inaugural 2018 PTC Innovation Award winners were announced at the Innovation Awards Gala.

BEST NETWORKING
INNOVATION

Recognizing the most innovative progression in networking technology in the last 12 months.

2018 WINNERS

    

REASON FOR WINNING
The on-demand transatlantic Network-as-a-Service offering, which combines PacketFabric’s Software-defined Networking (SDN) platform with Aqua Comms’ transatlantic subsea cable system, AEConnect, has made it easier for organizations of any size to purchase subsea connectivity. Customers of all types—not just Over-the-Top content providers, multinational corporations, and global enterprises—can now gain near-instantaneous access to transatlantic capacity on AEConnect from any location on PacketFabric’s private and secure network.

About Aqua Comms DAC
Aqua Comms DAC is an Irish Carriers’ Carrier specialising in building and operating submarine cable systems and supplying fibre pairs, spectrum and capacity networking solutions to the global media, content and carrier markets. It is the owner/operator of America Europe Connect-1 (AEC-1) and CeltixConnect-1 and continues to build on its vision of efficient submarine infrastructure ownership with membership of the HAVFRUE consortium and development of CeltixConnect-2 and North Sea Connect, bridging the Northern Atlantic between North America and Northern Europe. To learn more about Aqua Comms and its portfolio of subsea cable systems visit www.aquacomms.com

About PacketFabric
PacketFabric redefines how companies procure, consume, and manage their network connectivity services. Leveraging an innovative, entirely automated SDN-based network architecture and the latest in optical and packet switching technology, PacketFabric enables dynamic, real-time connectivity services between major carrier-neutral colocation facilities at terabit-scale. PacketFabric facilitates coast-to-coast connectivity between more than 150 premier colocation facilities across 17 U.S. markets, and enables simple, cost-effective, and scalable network deployment via its advanced Application Program Interface (API) and web-based portal. www.packetfabric.com

LIFETIME INNOVATION

Recognizing sustained innovation over a lifetime in network-centric ICT.

2018 WINNER

REASON FOR WINNING
Telstra’s continuous aim to enhance its network services delivery to provide differentiated customer experience to buyers and consumers of network services-from its pioneering foray in the delivery of on-demand network services in Asia to its multi-cloud strategy– is indicative of its long-term innovation impact in the industry.

About Telstra
Telstra is a leading telecommunications and technology company with heritage that is proudly Australian and a longstanding, growing international business. Today, it has around 36,000 employees offering consumer, small business and enterprise services, with more than 3,000 based in 22 countries outside of Australia. Telstra Global Enterprise and Services (GES) is a division of Telstra that provides data and IP networks and network application services, such as managed networks, unified communications, cloud, industry solutions and integrated services. These services are underpinned by our subsea cable network, one of the largest in the Asia Pacific region, with licenses in Asia, Europe and the Americas, and access to more than 2,000 Points-of-Presence around the world. www.telstraglobal.com

BEST QUALITY OF LIFE IMPROVEMENT

Recognizing the company or entity that has successfully launched a telecommunications product or network-centric ICT application that has had the most outstanding impact on improving the quality of life for people in the Pacific Rim.

2018 WINNER

REASON FOR WINNING
Télécoms Sans Frontiéres (TSF)—with its three operational bases in Nicaragua, France, and Thailand—has a history of delivering and having good liaison with the broader telecom industry. TSF has participated in numerous emergency efforts across the globe by using state-of-the-art satellite communications equipment to help set up emergency communications facilities in war-torn or disaster zones for affected populations and relief workers. TSF’s approach to worldwide disasters through its humanitarian calling operations, satellite-based emergency telecommunications centers, and ICT assessments of damaged areas has undeniably impacted the quality of life for people in the Pacific-Asia region in a positive, inspiring way.

About Télécoms Sans Frontières
Télécoms Sans Frontières is the leading international NGO specialised in technology and telecommunications for humanitarian crises. Throughout the years, their areas of intervention have evolved according to the needs of the humanitarian field, however the principal mandate remains to connect the unconnected, be it governments, the United Nations, fellow NGOs, or families who have survived devastating crises.

Today, they develop technologies that are applied to a wide variety of long-term humanitarian issues. TSF places emphasis on developing tools to respond to needs such as protection, education and health and nutritional issues. www.tsfi.org

BEST APPLICATION / SERVICE INNOVATION

Recognizing innovation in network-centric ICT services and applications in the last 12 months.

2018 WINNER

REASON FOR WINNING
PacketFabric’s Connectivity-as-a-Service (CaaS) platform provides on-demand access to low-cost, scalable network infrastructure. This revolutionary, customer-oriented offering streamlines many time-consuming aspects of sourcing and provisioning networking services and delivers detailed, billing-grade data on every network element, providing insight into network traffic patterns and statistics.

About PacketFabric
PacketFabric redefines how companies procure, consume, and manage their network connectivity services. Leveraging an innovative, entirely automated SDN-based network architecture and the latest in optical and packet switching technology, PacketFabric enables dynamic, real-time connectivity services between major carrier-neutral colocation facilities at terabit-scale. PacketFabric facilitates coast-to-coast connectivity between more than 150 premier colocation facilities across 17 U.S. markets, and enables simple, cost-effective, and scalable network deployment via its advanced Application Program Interface (API) and web-based portal. www.packetfabric.com

BEST REGULATORY INNOVATION

Recognizing the regulation, de-regulation, or regulatory reform that has best facilitated the deployment of ICTs for the people of the Pacific Rim within the last 12 months.

2018 WINNER

Geeks without Frontiers

REASON FOR WINNING
The Geeks Without Frontiers DigOnce! International model legislation and Community Connect initiative both are designed to drive and inspire a global policy effort to help close the digital divide. DigOnce! provides a customizable legislative framework intended for use by Governments and NGOs as a model for approaching how best to bring the social, educational, and financial benefits of broadband to the greatest number of people quickly and efficiently. Community Connect is a code of best practices for satellite operators, regulators, service providers, and integrators to promote the more rapid and cost-effective deployment of satellite broadband to communities globally.

About Geeks Without Frontiers
The goal of Geeks Without Frontiers is to positively impact the lives of a billion people in the next ten years through the innovative use of technology, connectivity, and sustainable social enterprise models. GEEKS’ initiatives include: ‘DigOnce!’, ‘VillageConnect’ and ‘Community Connect’.

GEEKs has developed Open Source, modular regulatory and National Broadband Strategic Planning solutions for accelerating global broadband roll-out by reducing the time, cost, and environmental impact of rolling out high-speed communications networks. geekswf.org

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BEST OVERALL INNOVATION

Recognizing the best innovation in telecommunications and network-centric information technologies over the course of the four decades of PTC’s history.

2018 WINNER

Cloudflare

REASON FOR WINNING
Argo is Cloudflare’s new solution for a faster, more reliable, more secure online experience. It routes connections across the Internet by reworking algorithms that figure out where and how traffic should flow. Industry results show that Argo has been to deliver content across its network with reduced latency increased reliability, heightened encryption, and reduced costs compared to an equivalent path across the open Internet.

About Cloudflare
Cloudflare, Inc. is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 10 trillion requests per month, which is nearly 10 percent of all Internet requests for more than 2.5 billion people worldwide. Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code.

PATRONS

The generous contribution and support of our patrons help to make the Innovation Awards Gala a success.

JURY

The Awards are independently judged by a panel of telecommunications experts and professionals representing a broad cross-section of industry executive and thought leadership from a variety of network-centric industry segments.

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MATT BRAMSON
Chief Marketing Officer
RingByName

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PETER COFFEE
Vice President for Strategic Research
Salesforce

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ERIC HANDA
Chief Executive Officer
APTelecom

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IVO IVANOV
Chief Executive Officer
DE-CIX International
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HUGH MCGARRY
Chief Executive Officer
Garnet Consulting Pty. Ltd.

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RANDY NEALS
President Business Development – North America
Hawaiki Cable

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ISABELLE PARADIS
President & Founder
Hot Telecom