Fourth Annual Telecom Council SPIFFY Award Winners Announced - Global Telecom Service Providers Recognize Telecom Startups


WEBWIRE – Friday, February 25, 2011

Redwood City, CA, February 25, 2011 - The Service Provider members of the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley awarded 8 young telecom companies for their innovation, execution, management, and technologies at the annual SPIFFY Awards last night in Redwood City.
Members of the Service Provider Forum (SPIF) reviewed over 100 start-ups at Telecom Council meetings throughout 2010. Competition for these awards is stiff because all startups are screened by Telecom Council Steering Committees before they are selected to present to the SPIF or other Telecom Council meetings. Startups who present have been identified as having ideas, relevance, and traction that most appeal to our carriers from around the globe.
Over 25 carrier members voted on over 100 startup companies and the winners of the 2011 SPIFFY Awards are:

• The Edison Award for Most Innovative Start-Up goes to Motally.
• The Ground Breaker Award for Engineering Excellence goes to Violin Memory.
• The Graham Bell Award for Best Communication Solutions goes to Aegis Mobility.
• The San Andreas Award for Most Disruptive Technology goes to AirHop Communications.
• The Core Award for Best Fixed Telecom Opportunity goes to Lithium Technologies.
• The Zephyr Award for Best Mobile Opportunity goes to BOKU.
• The Prodigy Award for the Most Successful SPiF Alumni is Swype.
• The People’s Choice Award for the Technology Which Excited the Telecom Community the Most goes to Violin Memory.
• The Fred & Ginger Award for Most Supportive Carrier goes to Sprint for the active role of their Silicon Valley-based team in supporting telecom entrepreneurs.

President of Telecom Council, Liz Kerton said proudly of the 25 SPIF carriers and the 2010 crop of startups, “2010 was a great year for innovation in telecom; we all applaud these winners for their contributions to the future of our industry.” The Telecom Council looks forward to presenting many more telecom startups to the industry in 2011.

About the Telecom Council
The Telecom Council of Silicon Valley is Where Telecom Meets Innovation. We connect the companies who are building communication networks, with the people and ideas that are creating it – by putting those companies, research, ideas, capital, and human expertise from across the globe together in the same room. Last year, The Telecom Council connected over 1,000 executives from 500 telecom companies and 25 fixed and wireless carriers across 40 meeting topics. By joining, speaking, sponsoring, or simply participating in a meeting, there are many ways telecom companies of any size can use the Telecom Council network. For more information and to join our invitation list, visit www.telecomcouncil.com.



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