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Liberty Global unveils tech award winners

Ziggo DomeHuawei, Prodapt, Cisco, Alcatel Lucent and Dell took the prizes at cable giant Liberty Global’s annual vendor awards last week.

The awards were revealed at the Liberty Global Technology Summit at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, just after last week’s IBC trade show.

The award for Best Product and Service Quality was won by Huawei, while the Best Support and After Sales award was won by Prodapt. The award for Best Innovation and Breakthrough went to Alcatel Lucent and the Most Sustainable Supplier award was won by Cisco.

The award for ‘PartnerSpark’ was handed out to Dell. This is Liberty Global’s innovation initiative designed to source and refine ideas in response to business challenges by tapping into the collective creativity of its employees and suppliers.

The summit also saw Liberty Global’s second TV Appathon. Over 100 developers competed in teams over 48 hours to make the most innovative TV app for Liberty Global’s next-generation video platform Horizon TV.

The winning team from tech company aFrogleap created a Horizon Live app which will be launched soon on Horizon’s TV App Store and as a second screen app for smartphones and tablets. The app enables users to select shows on Horizon’s Replay TV service based on the number of interactions on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

Balan Nair, Executive vice-president and chief technology officer of Liberty Global, said: “At the heart of our business lies our commitment to deliver our customers great experiences and market-leading broadband speeds through our next-generation network. Our partners play a critical role in helping us achieve this aim, which is why we like to take the opportunity each year to celebrate their work with us through these awards.”