Awards 2021

Recognising outstanding innovation in automation & AI that changes the way future networks function and operate.

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 FutureNet World Awards. Each winner was revealed during FutureNet World on the 20th & 21st of April, watch the video below.

AI/IA for Cx Award – Most Innovative application of AI/IA (Intelligent Automation) to enhance Customer Experience


  • Guavus (a Thales company)


  • Comarch
  • Etiya
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Netcracker Technology
  • Nokia

Automation Solution Award – Leading solution for Network Automation/Autonomous Networks




  • Blue Planet, a division of Ciena
  • B-Yond
  • Celfocus
  • Huawei Technologies & China Unicom
  • Itential

Operator Award – Best example of a successful Automation deployment


  • Telefonica, in collaboration with Blue Planet, a division of Ciena


  • A1 Telekom Austria Group
  • Beeline Russia, in collaboration with P.I. Works
  • China Unicom, in collaboration with Huawei Technologies
  • LG U+, in collaboration with Comarch
  • Liberty Global, in collaboration with Infinera

Orchestration Award – Most innovative Automated Service Orchestration solution


  • Nokia


  • Affirmed Networks – Microsoft
  • HPE
  • Inmanta
  • Netcracker Technology
  • VMware

Successful entries demonstrated (one or more of):

  • Substantial reductions to the life cycle costs of operating a network
  • Driving revenue/commercial growth
  • Outstanding technical innovation
  • Adding new dimensions to the customer experience.

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Judging Panel

The FutureNet World Awards are independently judged by our esteemed panel of industry analysts. The judges have been carefully selected as some of the industry’s leading experts and thought leaders in the field of intelligent automation.

View Judge Biographies:

Mark Newman
Amy Cameron
Dimitris Mavrakis
Anil Rao