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2011 SPIFFY Award Nominees Announced


Nominee Roster Catalogs the Telecom Startup Watch List

San Jose, CA, December 21, 2010 - Telecom Council of Silicon Valley announces the nominees for the 2011 SPIFFY Awards. Nominees are selected by the Telecom Council’s Service Provider Forum (SPIF) from among over 100 startups representing the broad a range of telecom products and services who presented in Telecom Council meetings in 2010.

All startups who are invited to present at a Telecom Council meeting have been identified as a promising telecom company. From among these, some young companies stand out for their innovation, market opportunity or quantifiable interest among the Council’s 25 global Service Providers including AT&T, British Telecom, DoCoMo, France Telecom/Orange, Swisscom, Verizon, Vodafone and many other fixed and wireless carriers from Europe, Asia, and North and South America listed on the Telecom Council website.

SPIFFY Award winners will be announced by members of the Council’s Service Provider Forum in a public ceremony, on February 24th in Redwood City, CA. The SPIFFY Awards, sponsored by Huawei Technologies and RCR Wireless News among others, are open to the public who may register here:

SPIFFY nominees will be available for review several times between now and the SPIFFY Awards. SPIFFY Nominees will be profiled and have video interviews available from RCR Wireless. Nominees may also present on Feb. 13, 2011 at ShowStoppers during Mobile World Congress to demo to hundreds of qualified journalists, bloggers, analysts and key industry influencers. New this year is a People’s Choice Award, where anyone can vote for one of the People’s Choice nominees from the SPIFFYS webpage.

And the nominees are…

Graham Bell Award for Best Communication Solution
Telecom is really about helping people communicate, historically that has meant connecting one with another, but now can mean connecting many with many, or connecting people to machines. This award recognizes the company that advanced the noble cause of improving telecommunications.
• CommuniGate Systems
• Fluential
• Aegis Mobility
• RebelVox
• Yap

Edison Award for Most Innovative Startup
Some ideas are so unusual they surprise you, but it’s a small minority of these that are also likely to succeed. With this award, we recognize the startup that brings the most innovative ideas, but also the ability to successfully bring that idea to market.
• Mobclix
• Pareto Networks
• mSpot
• envIO Networks
• Motally

San Andreas Award for Most Disruptive Technology
This award is for the most game-changing startup to present to the Telecom Council. It is offered to the company whose progress is most likely to disrupt markets and change the way people do things.
• Intalio
• AirHop Communications
• Mob4Hire
• Billing Revolution

Core Award for Best Fixed Telecom Opportunity
This award recognizes the best investment opportunity within the fixed telecom sector that we’ve seen at the SPIF Meeting in the past two years.
• Violin Memory
• LithiumTechnologies
• Cortina Systems
• Cloudmark

Zephyr Award for Best Mobile Opportunity
This award recognizes the best investment opportunity within the mobile telecom sector that we’ve seen at the SPIF Meeting in the past two years.
• Vlingo
• Locomatix
• Amobee Media Systems
• Tango

Ground Breaker Award for Engineering Excellence
This award is offered to the company that has produced the most impressive technological advancements. These are the firms who have invested in R&D, and have turned the gears of progress through sweat, tenacity, and a Costco account for Jolt and Mountain Dew.
• Vyycore
• Violin Memory
• MobileIron
• Bluetest
• Fluential

Public Choice Award
For this SPIFFY category, you have the power to vote for the company who excites you the most. No rules, no criteria – all passion.
• SigFx Energy
• Telesocial
• Jorno
• Violin Memory

Prodigy Award for the Most Successful SPIF Alumni
This award is given to the pre-2010 SPIF presenting company that went on to achieve the most notable growth, market success or exit.
• Meru Networks
• Swype
• Vantrix
• RF Window
• Trilibis Mobile

The Fred & Ginger Award for Most Supportive Carrier
This award allows the SPIF startup companies to choose which SPIF carrier was overall the most responsive and supportive to the Silicon Valley entrepreneur community.
• Bouygues Telecom
• China Mobile
• Sprint
• SK Telecom

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




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