International Critical Communications Awards

Welcome to the International Critical Communications Awards

The International Critical Communications Awards 2018 are now open for nominations. Organised by MA Exhibitions, in association with the TCCA, the ICCAs are regarded as the most sought-after accolade in critical communications.

Celebrating innovation, excellence and execution in mission critical communications, the International Critical Communications Awards recognise products, organisations and individuals who push the boundaries of technological capabilities.

Advancements in technology have opened up the potential of both mission and business critical communications, allowing the design and implementation of solutions that would have been considered science-fiction only a decade ago.

Have a look at the categories and make a nomination today.

Organised by:
MA Exhibitions

In association with:

How to enter

Entries must be submitted online

The main component of your entry is an ‘entry document’ of no more than 1000 words. This should be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document, and the filename must be “ENTRY DOCUMENT”.

Each entry must be submitted online using the online entry system. You can register and then select the categories which you would like to enter. Once you have completed the work on your entries, you can submit them all at once. The online entry system allows you to start an entry, save it, and complete it at a later date.

Deadline for entries is Monday 5th March 2018

What to include

Each category has specific criteria. Please familiarise yourself with the criteria ahead of starting your entry online.

In addition to the category specific criteria, your entry document should demonstrate:

  • A clearly defined vision and goals
  • Creative approach, originality and differentiation
  • A strongly developed business case showing how the initiative or solution is aligned to the customer or user's requirements
  • Tangible evidence of the impact of the project/solution/product with measurable and quantifiable results
  • How you intend to build on your efforts in the future
  • Why you deserve to win an International Critical Communications Award.
  • Any challenges you had to overcome and how this was accomplished.
  • If you are entering on behalf of a client, a testimonial from your client

Supporting Documentation (Optional)

You may submit additional information to support your entry, such as images or testimonials. Wherever possible, this should be submitted online with your entry document. Please note there is a 5mb file size limit for the upload. If your supporting documentation exceeds the file size limit, or your supporting documentation cannot be uploaded, please email it to sam.dewey@markallengroup.com.

Please clearly mark your supporting documentation with the number of the entry it corresponds to. This number is supplied by the system when you complete your submission.

Please click here to see our terms and conditions.


The International Critical Communications Awards are judged by an independent panel of judges. We are delighted to have the following judges on board for this year:

TJ Kennedy

TJ Kennedy is one of the co-founders and principals of The Public Safety Network.

TJ has had a 15-year career in wireless technology and general management and, prior to The Public Safety Network, was the President of the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, an independent government authority charged with creating the first ever financially self-sustaining broadband nationwide network for public safety. TJ led FirstNet from a start-up inside the United States government to become a $40 billion public-private partnership (PPP) that is governing a mission critical 4G LTE network in all 50 US states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia. This PPP is the largest ever in the United States and is now providing prioritized and preemptive public safety communications to law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services personnel. Prior to joining FirstNet, TJ was the President of Raytheon JPS Communications and led the Public Safety business at Raytheon Company.

Countries around the world are learning from the FirstNet model and are looking to emulate its success. Technology companies seek TJ’s advice on how they can create the Internet of Life Saving Things (IoLST) and how to encourage public safety to embrace technology to enable the ways they respond, interact, and serve the public in its greatest time of need.

As a reliable and dedicated leader, TJ has defined and achieved organizational excellence and created complex business strategies that have achieved incredible results while working in a political environment with diverse stakeholders.

TJ received his B.S. from the University of Utah and his M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

Richard Lambley - Consulting Editor, TETRA Today

Richard Lambley is the consulting editor of TETRA Today and Land Mobile, and has been writing about wireless communications since the beginning of the modern mobile telephone age in the mid-1980s. Previously he edited one of the first mobile communications magazines, Mobile & Cellular. Before that, he was communications editor of Electronics & Wireless World, founded in 1911 as The Marconigraph -- the world's first journal dedicated to radio communication. In the early years of Land Mobile he wrote about some of the first laboratory demonstrations and practical tests of TETRA technology.

For more than 30 years, Richard has tracked the communications technologies and services that have combined to create today's professional communications scene and is regarded as one of the finest writers in the mobile communications industry.

Ken Rehbehn

Ken Rehbehn is a principal analyst at CritComm Insights. As a wireless technology analyst, Ken tracks the global radio access network (RAN) technology solutions deployed by private and public network operators as they deliver services to mission critical agencies and enterprises. With more than 30 years of experience in the field, he provides insight into ongoing and emerging trends including 3GPP-based 4G/LTE and 5G as well as Project 25 and TETRA Land Mobile Radio system evolution

His coverage area also addresses non-mobile radio technology for low power, wide area (LPWA) Internet of Things (IoT) networking. Technology elements covered include base stations, small cells, base station antennas, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Small Cells, public safety communications devices and public safety IoT. Ken started his career with a stint as a 9-1-1 dispatcher in Montgomery County, Maryland and remains active as a volunteer firefighter.

Adrian Scrase - Chief Technical Officer, ETSI

Adrian Scrase played a central role in the creation of the “3rd Generation Partnership Project” (3GPP) and is responsible for the operations of the 3GPP Project Co-ordination Group. He heads 3GPPs’ Mobile Competence Centre (MCC) which is an International team of 20 experts who provide comprehensive support to the Project.

He was also principally involved in the formation of the “oneM2M” Partnership Project and oversees ETSI’s support to that initiative. He is CTO within ETSI with operational responsibility for all of ETSI’s standards production activities. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications field, which includes 25 years of experience in standardization.

Kevin Graham - ATF and NATF

Kevin is qualified Electronics Engineer with over 35 years’ experience in project and systems engineering, sales / marketing, and general and executive management for private and public multinational companies. For the past 15 years, he has run his own executive management and engineering consulting company Global Digital Solutions. The majority of his working career has been spent in the telecommunications sector and more recently in mining and industrial mineral processing sectors. His career involved a broad spectrum of markets and geographies within enterprise, industrial, mining, government, public safety, defence, rail and other transport and utility customer bases.

Kevin established and chaired two regional industry associations for TETRA & Critical Communication in Australasia (since 2000) and North America (2012-2015), was past President and Board member of the Australian Radio Site Owners and Users Associations (now ARCIA).He remains Director on the Australasian TETRA and Critical Communications Forum and holds executive positions on the Board of several companies in Singapore, Australia and advisory to entities in New Zealand and USA.

Robin Davis - Actica

John Dundas

Kai Rotermundt - P3 Group

Nick Smye - Mason Advisory

Prof Zheng Zuhui - Motorola

The ceremony

Details about the event

The International Critical Communications Awards 2018 will take place on Tuesday 15th May 2018 at a central location in Berlin.

Enjoy a reception followed by dinner, and then the unveiling of the 2018 winners at the ceremony itself. As a premier night for networking, you don’t want to miss your chance to be there.

Book now: You can book your table once the shortlist has been announced in 2018
Date: Tuesday 15th May 2018
Dress code: Lounge suit
Venue: Berlin, Germany

Time Event
18:45 until 19:30 Champagne reception
19:30 until 21:00 Dinner
21:00 until 22:30 Awards ceremony
22:30 until Midnight Close ceremony
Midnight Carriages


Tickets for the ceremony will be on sale in March once the shortlist has been announced. Please email sam.dewey@markallengroup.com if you require further information

Pricing information

Please view our terms and conditions, which contains information about our cancellation policy.

Type Early bird rate Standard rate
Seat £205.00 + VAT £225.00 + vat
Table for 10 £1950.00 + VAT £2150.00 + vat

* Early bird rate expires on the 16th April 2018
Please note all prices exclude VAT.

Please contact Sam Dewey on +44 (0) 207 501 6782 or email sam.dewey@markallengroup.com if you have any other questions or need additional information.


Your sponsorship package

The package detailed below will ensure that you identify and captivate your target market in the pre and post event literature by positioning yourself as a sponsor of a relevant awards night ensuring you:

  • Generate customer preference for your company
  • Benefit from branding that will transcend cultural and language barriers as this event will be marketed globally
  • Relate directly with existing / prospective customers
  • Captivate a large range of different decision makers from various end user sectors throughout the world

As a sponsor for the International Critical Communications Awards 2018 you will benefit from a comprehensive marketing programme. This includes advertising, editorial and social media to our multichannel platforms.

Pre-event promotion

  • Branding on all pre-event advertisements within Critical Communications World show guide, Land Mobile and TETRA Today.
  • Your logo presence at http://www.criticalcommsawards.com/ together with your company profile and link to your website
  • Company logo on email blasts sent to promote calls for entries and then event table sales. These will be sent to a minimum of 29,000 professionals each time
  • Social media announcement announcing your sponsorship of the awards
  • International outreach including mention of your sponsorship of the awards on www.LandMobile.co.uk and www.tetratoday.com

On the Night

  • Branded meeting point at the champagne reception to welcome your guests
  • Three course dinner for you and your guests
  • A table of ten for you and your guests
  • A glossy awards book of the night detailing all winners and shortlisted candidates will be distributed to all present on the night complete with a full page advertisement
  • Your company branding on the AV presentation on the night and your logo on a banner next to the stage
  • Social media promotion live at the event

Post-awards coverage

  • The book of the night will also be distributed to 29,000+ database which includes your full page advertisement and appear digitally on www.critical-communications-world.com seen by over 50,000 engaged industry professionals
  • First renewal option for 2019

For more information about either sponsorship or the event please contact:

Winners 2016

Scroll through to see the winners from 2016


Frequently Asked questions

Please see answers to some frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered here, please get in touch with the awards team on +44 207 501 6782, who will be happy to help.

What is the deadline to submit a nomination to the ICC Awards?

A: You must submit your entry by Monday 5th March 2018

How much does it cost to enter?

A: The ICC Awards are free to enter.

Is there a late entry fee if I don’t submit before the deadline?

A: Entries received after the deadline date will be subjected to a £35 late entry fee.

May I make a nomination into more than one category?

A: Yes. You may enter as many categories as you see fit. We do recommend that you cater each entry to the specific category for which it is intended.

Can I submit supporting material?

A: You may submit additional information to support your entry, for example images or testimonials. Wherever possible, this should be online with the entry. Please note there is a 5mb file size limit for the upload. If your supporting documentation exceeds the file size limit, or your supporting documentation cannot be uploaded, please email it to sam.dewey@markallengroup.com or post it to:

Sam Dewey
ICC Awards
MA Exhibitions
St Jude's Church
Dulwich Road
SE24 0PB

Please clearly mark your supporting documentation with the number of the entry it corresponds to. This number is supplied by the system when you complete your submission.

What happens after I have submitted my entries?

A: Once you have submitted your entries they will be processed and redacted by the awards team, ready for judging. Judging takes place at the end of March and the shortlist will be announced shortly after.

When is the awards presentation?

A: The awards ceremony will take place on the 15th May 2018 in Berlin

Who can enter the awards?

A: Any organisations or individuals from all around the world can enter the awards.

Can I make the same nomination as I entered into the ICC Awards 2016?

A: Nominations previously entered into the ICC Awards may be submitted for this year's Awards, provided it can be evidenced that further improvements have been achieved since 1st January 2017.

Can I cancel my entry?

A: You may cancel your entry and withdraw it from the awards one month before the entry deadline with no charge. If you wish to withdraw your entries you will need to write to confirming this using the following address;

Sam Dewey
ICC Awards
MA Exhibitions
St Jude's Church
Dulwich Road
SE24 0PB

Are there sponsorship opportunities?

A: There is the opportunity to sponsor the awards. For more information, please click here.

How will I know whether my organisation has been shortlisted?

A: The full shortlist will be published on this website in March 2018. You will also receive confirmation by email at this time.

Can I buy tickets to the ceremony?

A: Yes. Tickets will be on sale on the website from early 2018.

What is your cancellation policy?

A: Please click here to read our terms and conditions


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