Connected Britain Awards Winners 2022

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Connected Britain Awards 2023, celebrating excellence across the UK connectivity industry and beyond.

The winner of each award can be found below along with the judges’ comments.

B2B Service Provider of the Year

Winner: Pangea Connected

High praise: Giganet B2B Service

“The judges called this an important set of IoT services for the industry, with clear evidence of customer concerns being considered during design.

With great customer retention and NPS scores demonstrating excellent customer service, this is a service that thrives in a competitive, high-growth part of the industry.”

Broadband provider of the year

Winner: Broadband for the Northern Rural District (B4RN)

“The winner in this category has always had a commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ and deliver quality service in challenging rural areas through community engagement. 10 years after connecting their first customers, this company looks sustainable – and now even scalable.

One judge called this company “a leading light in the fiber industry” and their contribution demonstrates great customer service excellence, innovative packages and effective local partnerships below council level.'”

Digital Skills Award

Winner: BT Skills for Tomorrow

High praise: Good Things Foundation

“The winner in this category demonstrated a diverse program already with wide influence across the UK, with an ambition to gisland significantly further on 2026. This is a project reach many different communitiesbelow parents, children, jobseekers, the elderly, vulnerable personsand even though small businesseswhich brings great benefits to communities at a national level.”

Business solution of the year

Winner: Nokia, Vodafone UK & Kinected Solutions – Banshee Mobile Radio

“Ththe winner of this completely new price contained one very interesting and innovative set of partnerships bringing together an important solution to humanitarian disasters. This collaboration between armed forces and technology companies have produced an advanced and rapidly deployable mobile private network.”

Project rollout price

Winner: CityFibre

“The winner of this award presented the judges with solid evidence of their numerous initiatives, which included improving deployment, deliverability, network quality and accelerating their fiber rollout.

One judge described the winning company as ‘pioneering the rollout of gigabit connectivity’, while another noted the company’s ‘outstanding progress in becoming the #2 UK network’.”

Access Innovation Award

Winner: 5G RuralDorset

“Judges described the winner of this brand new award as having ‘ground-breaking ideas to address how to reach hard-to-reach coastal and offshore areas’, supported by a fantastic case study with impressive results.”

One judge went so far as to say that similar rural areas in the UK should look to the winner of this category as a role model in access innovation.”

The Connected Britain Awards 2022 winners will be celebrated on stage

The Connected Britain Awards 2022 winners will be celebrated on stage

Barrier Removal Award

Winner: Trenches Law

“Another tough category here, with the winner demonstrating great innovation to a lengthy manual process that rapidly accelerates one of the key barriers to connectivity, with tangible benefits for its users.

When it comes to wayleaves, one of the biggest barriers to infrastructure rollout in the UK, this company has become second to none.”

Community Improvement Award

Winner: Broadband for the Northern Rural District (B4RN)

“Connected Britain judges were full of compliments for this company’s contribution, with one describing it as ‘a legendary scheme that shows how to engage communities through volunteering to build a future-proof network.’

This company is famous for helping rural communities take connectivity issues into their own hands.”

Full Fiber ISP Innovation Award

Winner: Wessex Internet

“This was a very competitive category with countless entrants from all over the country.

The winner here told a great story, supported by extensive evidence, showing how a successful rural ISP can be developed to solve one of the most challenging problems in rolling out fiber to rural areas.”

Industrial Innovation Award

Winner: South Gloucestershire Council & Toshiba Europe Ltd, Bristol Research and Innovation Lab

“The winner in this new category presented an important contribution to stimulate technology development, business establishment and growth.

By creating one of the world’s largest open, programmable, smart city and industrial IoT testbeds, the winner of this award continues to drive innovation on the journey towards Industry 4.0.”

The Smart Places Award

Winner: South London Partnership InnOvaTe project – courtesy of DORIS

“The winner of the Smart Places Award demonstrated an excellent project that has implemented IoT solutions at scale, creating real impact for local authorities.

Tackling real-world problems for people across their target region, the winning entry was even shown to save lives through their impressive use of IoT.”

The Sustainability Award

Winner: BT’s ECO Program

“The winner of this important award demonstrated a wide range of sustainability initiatives, including large-scale recycling of e-waste and a deeper commitment to the circular economy.

The project recycled over 2,500 tonnes of equipment last year and the judges said the company’s overall approach and understanding of these issues should be applauded.”

The prize for startup of the year

Winner: Curvalux

Unlike the other awards, which were chosen by judges weeks in advance, the new Startup of the Year Award was decided at the Connected Britain conference itself. Ten shortlisted startups were invited to pitch their products and services directly to a panel of four judges live at the event, where the judges scored on a variety of metrics including creativity, scalability and real-world impact.

“Curvalux has developed and implemented a patented multi-beam technology that pushes the boundaries of current solutions and improves connectivity in suburban and rural areas, as well as enabling FWA. Their energy-efficient solutions and experience with both mobile and satellite connectivity and field trials with MNOs and ISPs in the US, Africa, Latin America and Asia will help connect the 3.2 billion unconnected and poorly connected populations worldwide and enable digital services such as education, healthcare and communication with friends and family.”

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