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Light Reading's 2013 Leading Lights Finalists

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The Editors
9/10/2013
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The Light Reading team is proud to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights awards -- and it's quite the line-up!

Hundreds of entries were submitted in record time. Now those entries have been vetted and judged and we have the finalists. The Leading Lights winners and the identities of the latest Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at the Leading Lights awards dinner, which will be held during the evening of Tuesday, October 1 at The Out in New York City, one of the trendiest hotels in the world, according to Fodor. (For more details, see Leading Lights 2013.)

And for those still in fit shape after the awards party, the Ethernet & SDN Expo takes place at the Javits Center on October 2–3. (Check out the agenda and all the details right here.)

So, who's in the running to receive a Leading Lights award?

Below are the categories for this year's awards. Click on the name of the category to see the list of finalists. In the coming days the Light Reading team will write about the shortlists and provide some insight into the shortlisted submissions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Most Innovative 4G Service
Awarded to the mobile operator that has launched the most innovative 4G LTE service for its customers during the past year.

Most Innovative Carrier WiFi Deployment
Awarded to the communications service provider (cable, fixed, mobile) that has launched the most innovative carrier-class WiFi service for its customers during the past year.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Light Reading Hall of Fame
There is no shortlist for the Light Reading Hall of Fame, which seeks to recognize several individuals -- the famous and infamous -- for their remarkable contributions to the sector. The inductees will be named (and a few shamed) at the awards dinner. But look out for the upcoming poll on some of the names under consideration.

— The Editors, Light Reading

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DOShea
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DOShea,
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9/10/2013 | 7:45:31 PM
Re: Phew!
Too many candidates... or were there too few?
sam masud
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sam masud,
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9/10/2013 | 2:09:25 PM
Re: Phew!
Obviously, someone overlooked Best New Editor award...
Ray@LR
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9/10/2013 | 10:42:32 AM
Top quality entries -- well done!
I want to take this opportunity to send a message to all those that entered and to say that, in all honesty, I can't recall a year when our core/long-term categories, particularly the Best New Product categories, had such depth of quality. We could quite easily made completely different shortlists that would still have enormous credibility.

 

So apart from the few that submitted products or services from 2010 (you need to read the rules a bit more closely next time...) I'd like to say WELL DONE to all that entered. A very good sign for our industry. 
Carol Wilson
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9/10/2013 | 9:52:43 AM
Company of the Year
As always, companies of the year will be interesting categories -- can't wait to see who wins. 

I'm also wondering who should be in our Hall of Fame?
mendyk
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mendyk,
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9/10/2013 | 9:21:13 AM
Re: Phew!
Emcees at the Leading Lights gala had better hold off on consumption of adult beverages until after these lists are read aloud.
DanJones
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DanJones,
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9/10/2013 | 9:00:46 AM
Phew!
So, what do you all think of the choices?
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