In sports there's an old saying by the hawkers of the game's program book or scorecard that goes something like this..."You can't know the players without a scorecard" referencing the players names and uniform numbers on their backs and how a scorecard would make it easier for the fan attending the game. Well for those of us who observe or are involved in the mobile technology world, you can't easily grasp where the industry is going unless you have the insight and knowledge of which companies are doing what. That's where the awards events come into play, and in the case of LTE (Long Term Evolution) Informa, one of the worlds more prolific conference, media and awards companies have an event called aptly, "The LTE Awards."
A perusal of the list sure makes it easy to see who the players are as the companies named, many of which are household names to industry watchers, gives a real indication who is making things happen in LTE. Some are feted for their pioneering work in Research and Development, such as client InterDigital, the Chinese pair of Huawei Technologies and ZTE along with well known and long time cellular infrastructure provider Ericsson. Others are recognized for their contribution to standards, which without, would mean nothing really worked. Overall their are ten categories and sprinkled through are companies you might not associate with mobile, like Oracle.
If you are a watcher of the industry, reviewing the list may be helpful. If you're a user of mobile technology, and who isn't these days, knowing which companies are making the next generation of wireless communications possible is also good to know.