The OnGo Awards program, presented by the OnGo Alliance, recognizes innovations in delivering real-world OnGo solutions and highlights the market impact of shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz CBRS band.

Need to Know

  • Entries are open to both members and non-members of the OnGo Alliance
  • The final deadline to submit November 8, 2021
  • There is a nominal fee of $250 per entry to cover administrative costs. There is no limit to the number of categories that may be entered or the number of entries submitted per category.
  • For any questions or concerns about your nomination, please contact

Do you have any questions? Please see the OnGo Awards FAQ. All final submissions must be completed through the online submission form.

2021 Award Categories & Timeline

Award Categories

Only one award category may be selected per nomination, and each nomination has a fee of $250 USD.  Visit the Award Categories page for additional details on each category.

  • Excellence in OnGo Operator Deployment 
  • Excellence in Fixed Wireless OnGo Deployment
  • Excellence in OnGo Enterprise Deployment
  • Excellence in OnGo Industrial  Deployment
  • Excellence in OnGo for Education Deployment
  • Excellence in OnGo for Municipality / Smart City
  • Excellence in OnGo in Healthcare
  • Neutral Host OnGo Architecture / Solution

The following award categories will be selected amongst all submissions after the nomination period closes.

  • People’s Choice Award
  • Judges Choice Award

Award Timeline

October 2, 2021: Award nomination period OPENS

November 8, 2021: Award nomination period CLOSES

December 6, 2021: Finalists Announced & People’s Choice Award selection OPENS

January 2022: OnGo Award Winners will be announced during a special reception at the January 2022 OnGo Alliance Members Meeting.

All final nominations must be submitted online through the submission form. Any nominations not submitted through the online form, will not be accepted.

Do you have any questions? Please view the OnGo Awards FAQ

Submission Rules and Judging Criteria


  • Entries are to be submitted in English and must conform to the specified word count. All entries exceeding the word count will be disqualified.
  • Entries should include specific details about cost improvements, capacity, latency, or other metrics to highlight specific performance features. The commercial scale and maturity of the solution will be an important factor in evaluating each entry
  • Judges will look at specific improvements over alternative wired or wireless networks
  • The awards are open to both commercial and trial deployments of OnGo; however, applicants will be asked to classify the status as part of the submission.
  • Supporting documents and videos are allowed, however the submission will be judged on the written entry and NOT on the supporting materials.
  • A winning entry should aim to include the following components:
    • Answer the “Why OnGo?” question. Why is OnGo the right solution for this deployment?
    • Demonstrate market impact and customer benefits (cost savings, quality of service improvements, revenue generation)
    • Define clear use cases and outline the deployment (commercial or trial) highlighting the benefits that OnGo brings to that particular use case
    • Reference customers when specified and include the lead solution partners
    • Highlight new applications, either technical or related to the business model

Please note, the OnGo Alliance board and its members will not be involved in the judging process. The team of Judges, led by Joe Madden, has full responsibility for judging the awards and settling any ties.

2021 OnGo Award Judges

The 2021 OnGo Awards will be judged by a panel of judges comprised of industry veterans with distinct expertise within the OnGo market.

Joe Madden
Chief Analyst
Joe focuses on 5G, MEC, and IoT vertical markets, leading our analyst team to triangulate on accurate market forecasts. Over 30 years in mobile communications, he accurately predicted the rise of 5G Fixed Wireless, Small Cells, Digital Predistortion, and Remote Radio Heads. He is currently working on strategic predictions for Edge Computing.
Melissa Ashurst
Melissa Ashurst has spent over a decade in the telecommunications industry, spending most of her career focused on large scale cellular network deployments for commercial carriers. The success of her efforts fueled a passion to do more. Impact Broadband was formed to support rural communities and K-12 in their quests to bring digital equity to residents.
Martha DeGrasse
Freelance Writer & Publisher
Martha DeGrasse is a freelance writer and is the publisher of Network Builder Reports. Previously she was an editor at RCR Wireless News, where she authored more than 20 in-depth feature reports. Prior to joining RCR Wireless News, Martha produced business and technology news for CNN and Dow Jones in New York and managed the online editorial group at Hoover’s Online in Austin.
Iain Gillott
Founder and President
Iain Gillott, founder and president of iGR, is an acknowledged wireless and mobile industry authority and an accomplished presenter. Mr. Gillott has been involved in the wireless industry, as both a vendor and analyst, for more than 26 years. iGR was founded in 2000 as iGillottResearch, Inc. in order to provide in-depth market analysis and data focused exclusively on the wireless and mobile industry, and now, on the move from 4G LTE to 5G.
Mark Lowenstein
Managing Director
Mark Lowenstein is a leading wireless industry executive, advisor, and commentator. Most recently, Lowenstein was a member of the senior leadership team at Verizon Wireless, where as Vice President of Strategy he led the company’s efforts in product and business planning, market segmentation, national pricing, and customer intelligence for both consumer and enterprise markets.
Monica Paolini
Monica Paolini, PhD, is the founder and president of Senza Fili. She is an expert in wireless technologies and has helped clients worldwide to understand new technologies and customer requirements, create and assess financial TCO and ROI models, evaluate business plan opportunities, market their services and products, and estimate the market size and revenue opportunity of new and established wireless technologies.

What the Judges will be looking for:

Interesting new applications, technical or related to the business model; Demonstrable cost savings; Revenue generation; Ease of use; Quality of Service improvements; Success and inventiveness; Market Impact; Provision in terms of delivery or package