Light Reading's Leading Lights Awards 2014
Welcome to the 2014 Leading Lights, the annual awards program run by online publication Light Reading, the market-leading publication for the global telecom industry.
Leading Lights, now in its 10th year, is the communications industry's leading awards program. Light Reading's reputation for fiercely independent analysis makes this the most credible and authoritative awards program in the communications industry. (Well, that's our story and we're sticking with it!)
The Leading Lights program focuses on next-generation communications technology, applications, and services, and rewards the companies that have performed well during the past year (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014).
Entries can now be submitted. The closing date for entries and Hall of Fame nominations is Monday, April 7, 2014 (extended from the original deadline of March 31). The awards will be presented at a must-attend-to-be-believed awards party in Chicago in June to coincide with the Big Telecom Event!.
There are 16 Leading Lights categories, plus the Light Reading Hall of Fame, which seeks to recognize several individuals -- the famous and infamous -- for their remarkable influence and contributions to the sector.
The categories are:
Best New Product (Cable)
Best New Product (Mobile)
Best New Product (Telecom)
Most Innovative SMB Service
Most Innovative Enterprise Service
Most Innovative 4G Service
Most Innovative Carrier WiFi Deployment
Most Innovative Carrier Cloud Service
Most Innovative Ethernet/Optical Service
Most Innovative Video Service
Outstanding Components Vendor *NEW*
Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor *NEW*
Outstanding OSS/BSS Vendor *NEW*
Company of the Year (Private)
Company of the Year (Public)
Best Deal Maker
Light Reading Hall of Fame
To find out more information about each category, and to enter, category descriptions click here.
Please pay close attention to the category descriptions to ensure that you enter the most suitable categories. Submissions to multiple categories are permitted, however, entries must be submitted for each individual awards category. A Leading Lights 'Frequently Asked Questions' (FAQ) can be found here for your review.
For any technical questions or issues regarding your submission, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out last year's event:
From The Founder
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