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TelcoTV: The Vision AwardsTelcoTV: The Vision Awards

The show's first awards program honoring telco innovation was celebrated Wednesday in Anaheim

Phil Harvey

November 13, 2008

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- TelcoTV 2008 -- The TelcoTV show debuted its own industry awards program this year, the TelcoTV Vision Awards, and the winners in the contest's six categories were announced here in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon. Check out the lucky recipients:


The awards intend to recognize the most compelling new products, applications, or services in the following categories: Broadband Access Networks, Conditional Access, Customer Premises Equipment, Middleware, Encoding, and Service Provider Innovation. The specific products and a list of finalists in each category can be found here. The judges' bios and the awards criteria can be found here.

The judges panel -- Bernardin Arnason, Managing Partner, Pivot Group , and Chairman, TelcoTV 2008; Joseph Braue, SVP and Group Director, Light Reading; Steve Fravel, Video Services Manager, NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association ; Keith Galitz, President, Canby Telcom ; Aditya Kishore, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading; Kevin McGuire, VP Business & Technology, NTCA; and David Osborn, General Manager, Valley Telephone Cooperative Inc. -- combed through 65 categories and, after deliberation, awarded gongs to the following companies in the following categories:

Amino also took home a special award -- Best in Show -- which it won by being the overall favorite of the judges when compared to the set of seven awards winners. "Size does matter: It's great to be small," said Amino CEO Andrew Burke, when accepting the CPE category award. We assume he's talking about his company's minimalist (yet stylish) set-top box.

All photos in the slideshow with this story by Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images.

— Phil Harvey, Editor, Light Reading

The Prize!4662.jpgWinner: Service Provider Innovation4665.jpgBEK Communications' Derrick Bulawa (L) with Light Reading's Joe BraueEnter, Stage Right4668.jpgLight Reading Group Director Joe Braue introduces the winners of the TelcoTV Vision Awards.Winner: Conditional Access4667.jpgSecureMediaWinner: Encoding4663.jpgEnvivio's Ian LockeWinner: Broadband Access Networks4669.jpgCalix Networks' Geoff BurkeWinner: Middleware4670.jpgEricsson's Magnus FriskWinner: Customer Premises Equipment & Best In Show4666.jpgAmino Communications' Andrew BurkeWinner: Service Provider Innovation4671.jpgAT&T

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the unsung technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000. After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing one-off columns about everything from supercomputing startups to nanotech discoveries. Those columns aged about as well as an open carton of milk on hell's front porch.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same thing. His work can be seen by opening one of the dozen dusty shoe boxes in his attic and bedroom closet. "Don't wake up the gray cat," is his advice to art curators of the future.

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