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Leading Lights Awards 2015: The Winners

Ray Le Maistre
6/8/2015
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CHICAGO -- The 2015 Leading Lights awards winners have been announced at a gala dinner attended by hundreds of communications industry executives at The Field Museum in Chicago. The dinner was held on the eve of the second Big Telecom Event, which is being held at the Lakeside Center, McCormick Place, in Chicago.

The winners were chosen following the judging of hundreds of submissions in 24 categories, which this year included recognition for those companies making progress in emerging sectors such as SDN, NFV, IoT and gigabit broadband. The finalists were announced in early May. (See Leading Lights 2015: The Finalists.)

This year's winners are:

Best New Product (Cable)
Awarded to the company that has developed a potentially market-leading product that, through engineering and technical excellence, enables the deployment of profitable next-generation cable services.

Winner: ActiveVideo Networks -- CloudTV Streamcast


Best New Product (Mobile)
Awarded to the company that has developed a potentially market-leading product that, through engineering and technical excellence, enables the deployment of profitable next-generation mobile services.

Winner: Brocade Communications Systems Inc. -- Virtual Core for Mobile


Best New Product (Telecom)
Awarded to the company that has developed a potentially market-leading product that, through engineering and technical excellence, enables the deployment of profitable next-generation telecom services.

Winner: Ericsson AB -- HDS 8000


Most Innovative SMB Service
Awarded to the communications service provider (cable, fixed, mobile) that has launched the most innovative business service for small or medium-sized corporate users during the past year.

Winner: AT&T Inc. -- Mobile Office Suite


Most Innovative Enterprise Service
Awarded to the communications service provider (cable, fixed, mobile) that has launched the most innovative business service for enterprise corporate users during the past year.

Winner: Tata Communications Ltd. -- IZO Internet WAN


Most Innovative Wireless Service (3G, 4G, Carrier WiFi)
Awarded to the communications service provider that has launched the most innovative wireless/mobile service (2G, 3G, 4G, carrier WiFi) for its customers during the past year.

Winner: EE/Parallel Wireless -- 4G Wireless Broadband


Most Innovative Carrier Cloud Service
Awarded to the communications service provider (cable, fixed, mobile) that has launched the most innovative Carrier Cloud service (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) for its customers during the past year.

Winner: Equinix Inc. -- Equinix Cloud Exchange


Most Innovative Ethernet/Optical Service
Awarded to the communications service provider (cable, fixed, mobile) that has launched the most innovative Carrier Ethernet or optical transport service for its customers during the past year.

Winner: Telstra -- PEN (Ethernet Network as a Service) Version 3


Most Innovative Video Service
Awarded to the communications service provider (cable, fixed, mobile) that has launched the most innovative video/TV service for its customers during the past year.

Winner: Comcast -- X1 DVR with Cloud Technology (Cloud TV/Cloud DVR)


Most Innovative NFV Deployment Strategy (Network/Data Center Operator) *NEW*
Awarded to the network or data center operator that has devised the most innovative network functions virtualization (NFV) deployment strategy during the past year.

Winner: Vip mobile (Telekom Austria)


Most Innovative NFV Product Strategy (Vendor)*NEW*
Awarded to the technology vendor that has devised the most innovative network functions virtualization (NFV) product strategy during the past year.

Winner: Intel Corp. -- Intel Open Network Platform (Intel ONP)


Most Innovative SDN Deployment Strategy (Network/Data Center Operator) *NEW*
Awarded to the network or data center operator that has devised the most innovative software-defined networking (SDN) deployment strategy during the past year.

Winner: AT&T Inc. -- Software-Centric Network Strategy


Most Innovative SDN Product Strategy (Vendor) *NEW*
Awarded to the technology vendor that has devised the most innovative software-defined networking (SDN) product strategy during the past year.

Winner: Brocade Communications Systems -- Vyatta Controller


Most Innovative Security Strategy (Service Provider) *NEW*
Awarded to the communications service provider (cable, fixed, mobile) that has unveiled the most innovative security strategy during the past year.

Winner: AT&T -- AT&T Security Virtualization


Most Innovative Security Strategy (Vendor) *NEW*
Awarded to the vendor that has unveiled the most innovative security product/platform strategy during the past year.

Winner: Nokia Networks -- Security in Networks for Internet of Things


Most Innovative Gigabit Broadband Service *NEW*
Awarded to the communications service provider (fixed, cable, utility, municipality) that has launched the most innovative gigabit broadband service offering during the past year.

Winner: Paul Bunyan Communications -- GigaZone


Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy (Service Provider) *NEW*
Awarded to the communications service provider (cable, fixed, mobile, IoT/M2M specialist) that has unveiled the most innovative Internet of Things/Machine to Machine (IoT/M2M) strategy during the past year.

Winner: KORE Telematics Inc. -- Single-source Global Connectivity for M2M/IoT


Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy (Vendor) *NEW*
Awarded to the vendor that has unveiled the most innovative Internet of Things/Machine to Machine (IoT/M2M) strategy during the past year.

Winner: Sequans Communications S.A.-- Cat 1 LTE chipset for IoT/M2M devices


Outstanding Components Vendor
Awarded to the components vendor that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, helps set the industry trends, makes investors proud and makes employees happy.

Winner: Xilinx Inc.


Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor
Awarded to the telecom test and measurement vendor that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, helps set the industry trends, makes investors proud and makes employees happy.

Winner: EXFO Inc.


Outstanding OSS/BSS Vendor
Awarded to the OSS and/or BSS vendor that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, helps set the industry trends, makes investors proud and makes employees happy.

Winner: MATRIXX Software


Company of the Year (Private)
Awarded to the privately held firm that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, makes investors proud and makes employees happy.

Winner: BTI Systems Inc.


Company of the Year (Public)
Awarded to the publicly listed firm that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, makes investors proud and makes employees happy.

Winner: Infinera Corp.


Best Deal Maker
Awarded to the company that has consistently demonstrated good timing, judgment and execution in high-profile acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures and other multi-company financial arrangements.

Winner: SpiderCloud Wireless Inc.

Congratulations to all the winners and well done to all the finalists.

— Ray Le Maistre, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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6/9/2015 | 2:32:47 PM
Congrats!
Congratulations to all the winners and the runners up, too! Good thing we didn't have balls to throw at winners this year... I know there was some disappointment amongst those who did win this year, but the cailber of entries was really outstanding. Made judging harder than ever.
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kq4ym,
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6/9/2015 | 7:00:23 PM
Re: Congrats!
Congratulations to all. And with Active Vision in there with services that "enables the deployment of profitable next-generation cable services," the cable industry might have a sigh of relief that there's some innovation still going on the help stem the loss of customers jumping from the cable ship for less expensive entertainment options.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
User Rank: Blogger
6/10/2015 | 6:39:42 AM
Congratulations!
Impresive selection of winners. Congratulations to all! 

-Susan
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