Winners of GTI Awards 2021

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GTI Awards 2021 intends to recognize outstanding contributions in 4G & Evolution, 5G eMBB, 5G ENS and Innovative Business & Services, and to encourage innovative products, solutions and applications that address challenges faced by GTI operators, and honorable contribution to the industry and the GTI.


After comprehensive evaluation on contribution to 4G evolution and 5G development, a total of 2 operators, 7 industrial partners and 4 individuals across terminal, chipsets, network infrastructures, test systems and verticals have stood out and won the GTI Awards.


Award Category

(in alphabetical order)

Award Introduction

Cat 1: Innovative Breakthrough in Mobile Technology Award


 Street Macro B41

• The world’s smallest 5G Street Macro, minimizing the weight to 6 kg and the size to 6 liters.

• Wide coverage and high capacity, it operates 80W output power and supports up to 160MHz IBW and 4G/5G mixed mode. It can be used for continuous 5G coverage in blind spots and enhance NR capacity in urban areas.

• Easy and flexible installation, it can replace LTE micro radios and reuse existing infrastructure, enabling workers fast installation and lowing operator’s installation cost. 



 5G Super Uplink Innovation Solution

• Improve uplink throughput by 30% -90% at the near midpoint of the cell and 200% -400% at the cell edge.

• Reduce air interface latency by 30% to meet the needs of industrial scenarios for real-time control.

• Improve low-band spectrum value and protect the investment of operators (spectrum purchase costs, low band station investment). 


Keysight Technologies

 5G-NR NSIOT (Network Simulator Interoperable Testing)

• Leading place in validation progress, friendly user interface for fast grasp on test sequence.

• Intuitive and eye-catching of logging style , effectively help for issue locate and solving.

• Super compact architecture to achieve full automation for all test types among Throughput/Power Consumption/Voice/Mobility.

• Delicate designing to compatibly working with UE typed of "Voice-centric" and "Data-Centric"

• The first to be adopted and deployed for Acceptance test on commercial 5G UE.



 Dimensity 1000 Series

• In addition to a fully SoC integrated, 7nm design, MediaTek 5G UltraSave  enhances the 5G modem with more power-saving technologies.

• Essential 2CC Carrier Aggregation, brings significant performance and connection reliability benefits such as higher average speeds, over 30% greater layer coverage and a seamless handover between two 5G connection areas.

• Dimensity 1000 Series continues MediaTek’s dual-SIM leadership with dual 5G SIM technology, uniquely providing services such as VoNR and a consistent user experience through extreme speed and service quality via both cellular connections.



 End-to-end 4G and 5G NR slicing solution

• Nokia is the first vendor to launch new end-to-end slicing network functionality for 4G and 5G New Radio (NR).

• Enables operators to start slicing from existing LTE now (not 5G only concept, to extend commercial value from now LTE).

• Slicing capability keeps smooth evolution form existing LTE, 5G NSA to SA technically.

• Enables operators to offer new mobile connectivity services for enterprise, Internet of Things, private wireless and Fixed Wireless Access.


Qualcomm Technologies

 Snapdragon™ 888 5G Mobile Platform

• It packs industry-leading innovations in 5G, AI, gaming, photography, and the many more premium experiences you deserve.

• Featuring 6th gen Qualcomm® (AI) Engine, it delivers 26 TOPS performance, 3 times performance-per-watt improvement and 16 times larger shared AI memory.

• Connectivity leaps forward with truly global 5G and industry-leading Wi-Fi 6.

• Both the Snapdragon X60 5G Modem-RF and the Qualcomm® FastConnect™ 6900 Connectivity Systems usher in unprecedented performance and reliability.

• Capture from three lenses simultaneously at multi-gigapixel speeds with a Triple ISP, and record unbelievable 4K HDR video with Computational HDR. 



 PowerPilot Solution

• Traffic prediction and service pilot with AI, deep coordination between multi-frequency and multi-mode.

• It takes power savings to move from single-mode power systems to optimizing energy use across both 5G networks and all previous generations (4G, 3G and 2G).

• Coordinate power consumption among multiple frequency bands and radio access technologies, piloting traffic to most suitable layer for optimal energy efficiency.

• The introduction of AI and big data in mobile network can make intelligent energy saving available to lower network OPEX.

• PowerPilot is just one step towards a more sustainable future, yet demonstrates how we can think out of the box and leverage the most advanced technologies. 


Cat 2: Innovative Mobile Service and Application Award

Qualcomm Technologies

 Snapdragon™ XR2 Platform

• It is the world’s first 5G-supported extended reality (XR) platform to enable users to explore every angle of their virtual world in 360° spherical view.

• The world’s first XR platform to support seven (7) concurrent cameras and a dedicated computer vision processor, and enable low latency camera pass-through to unlock true MR.

• It has customized visuals, interactivity and audio technologies, all of which utilize the foundational technology of AI and option of 5Gconnectivity.

• It delivers innovation that the new digital era requires. 


Cat 3: Market Development Award


 The 5G Private network for Hualing Xianggang Project

• The first commercial 5G toB project in China that has created real value for Valin Xiangtan Iron and Steel Co., Ltd. (Hualing Xianggang) and achieved a positive business cycle.

• It’s jointly constructed by Huawei and carriers, and provides a better interconnection foundation for smart steel mills and resolves the pain points of information silos, seamless data flow, and low efficiency of wired network units in steel enterprises.

• 5G networks build a solid connection foundation and integrate with cloud, AI, and computing technologies to generate abundant innovative steel applications, bringing a richer ecosystem to the industry.

Rakuten Mobile

 Build the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized 4G and 5G commercial network

• It has built the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized, cloud native mobile network for 4G and 5G, which is a real-world implementation of OpenRAN, utilizing a multi-vendor approach incorporating virtualization technologies.

• Subscribers can enjoy unlimited data usage when on the network and unlimited calls with a dedicated app. 5G service is also offered for no additional fee.

• This achieved the reduction of 40% for CAPEX and 30% for OPEX compared to the traditional approach.

• This network allows Rakuten Mobile to shift away from a conventional model.


Cat 4: Honorary Award

Cao Yiqing
(Qualcomm Technologies)

• As the Senior Staff Engineer of Qualcomm, he has provided consistent and remarkable contributions to GTI 5G projects for several years.

• He is the major contributor of several important efforts which includes Sub-6GHz 5G Device White Paper, Multiple Operator Network Coexistence in the same Frequency Bands, 5G Sky Office White Paper, and Proof of Concept of 5G System White Paper. 


• As one of the coordinators for GTI Program 2: 5G eMBB, he leads related technical work to promote further development of the program.

• With deep knowledge and experience in 5G spectrum strategy planning and 5G network development, he has been actively supporting GTI workshops.

• Actively takes part in leading industry activities and with key insight in industry latest 5G progress. 

Nie Zhaohui

• As the GTI interface of Huawei LTE product line and project coordinator to promote GTI success stories to global carriers, especially in emerging market.

• He leads the Task-S-PM1-PJ4-5 Spectrum and Coexistence, and organized the GTI 2.3G Spectrum Roundtable.

• A key contributor to GTI 2300MHz Industry White Paper and works hard to promote joint release of Mobile Broadband Foundation White Paper.

Peng Yangyang
(Smarter Micro)

• As the GTI interface of Smarter Micro, he has contributed a lot to GTI technical work by participating in 8 tasks in 4G& Evolution and 5G eMBB program.

• A key contributor to GTI 5G Device Power Consumption Whitepaper for several versions.

• An active supporter to GTI workshops and ad-hocs. 


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