& cplSiteName &

Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Most Innovative Enterprise Service

Carol Wilson
6/2/2015
50%
50%

The three finalists for the Leading Lights' Most Innovative Enterprise Service reflect the growing need of enterprises to keep their employees and customers connected, no matter where they are located, for maximum impact and productivity.

Though they are distinctly different services, Comcast Business Ethernet @Home, Earthlink Secure WiFi and Tata Communications IZO Internet WAN are all about maximizing connectivity to do business better, while making it easier for enterprise IT departments to adopt and support more sophisticated services.

Here's a closer look at our three finalists in this category:

Comcast Business Ethernet @Home
Leveraging its experience in delivering Ethernet over its hybrid fiber-coax networks to businesses, Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) launched a service that lets those businesses connect their home-based employees via secure connections with guaranteed bandwidth. The service, launched late in 2014, gives workers a high-speed broadband connection and businesses the ability to offer remote, private access to work files that prevent sensitive information from being shared over the public Internet.

As Light Reading Senior Editor Mari Silbey noted, in her coverage of the new service, Ethernet@Home creates a significant new revenue opportunity for Comcast on top of its existing HFC network, opening up a new market for enterprises including the health care industry, financial services, call centers and even professional sports.


Interested in attending this year's Leading Lights Awards dinner/party? Join us as we recognize the top companies and their executives for their outstanding achievements and have a generally fantastic time with hundreds of industry colleaugues. Reserve your ticket today. Don't miss out on the party of the year!


Combining Comcast's broadband footprint -- the largest in the US -- with dedicated corporate network extensions, and the promise of fast installation as well, creates a service well suited to the growing army of teleworkers, including those who work full time from a home office and those who need secure, after-hours access to work materials.

Ethernet@Home provides performance guarantees that address latency, as well as security because the service doesn't use the public Internet.

Related posts:

EarthLink Secure WiFi
This service targets multi-location businesses such as retailers, restaurants, financial services and healthcare sites, and gives those businesses an opportunity to provide both private and public WiFi for employees and customers. The service includes a public WiFi that the business can make available to its customers both for their convenience and as a marketing tool, and private secure WiFi connectivity for its employees, to improve business productivity.

EarthLink Inc. (Nasdaq: ELNK) teamed up with cloud WiFi provider AirTight Networks Inc. to be able to offer a Secure WiFi solution, featuring a Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) designed for large, multi-location networks. The service includes scanning and protection of airwaves for secure access and WIPS for local networks from a single access point. In addition, EarthLink Secure WiFi provides protection for cardholder data environments and automates the process of PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance.

EarthLink has specialized in addressing the needs of companies with many smaller distributed locations, providing the support and consultative services necessary to deploy services without extensive on-site IT support.

Related posts:

Tata Communications IZO Internet WAN
Tata Communications Ltd. 's IZO Internet WAN brings predictability, reliability and speed of service turn-up to global connections, using agreements with local service providers and integration of its backbone network and those local access routes to give multinationals greater ability to connect their operations across continents.

The service is Internet-based but insures deterministic routing of traffic and guaranteed end-to-end service level agreements. It provides customer service and reporting at the level expected by large multinational enterprises while also reducing their total cost of ownership by as much as 30%.

As more enterprises move to cloud-based applications and services, they need guaranteed, reliable and cost-effective connections into more places around the globe and Tata is delivering that in a global, business-grade Internet service that is held together by its Tier 1 IP backbone and partnerships with a wide range of local and regional service providers.

The service reaches 34 countries, 500+ cities and more than one million buildings, covering 85% of the world's gross domestic production.

Related posts:

The Leading Lights 2015 winners and newest class of Hall of Fame inductees will be unveiled at the Leading Lights awards dinner, which will be held the evening of Monday, June 8, at Chicago's Field Museum. The star-studded soirée will follow a day of special workshops covering topics such as SDN, 5G and Carrier Ethernet for the Cloud that take place ahead of Light Reading's Big Telecom Event (BTE), which this year is being held at the McCormick Place Convention Center on June 9 and 10. (Details and the agenda are on our show site, Big Telecom Event.)

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
From The Founder
Kicking off BCE 2017, Light Reading founder Steve Saunders lays blame for NFV's slow ramp-up and urges telecom to return to old-fashioned standards building and interoperability.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Custom TV
VeEX at ANGA COM

6|27|17   |     |   (0) comments


At ANGA COM 2017, Cyrille Morelle, president and CEO of VeEX, updates Alan Breznick with VeEX's new products and technology. This includes VeSion cloud-based platform for network monitoring, AT2500-3G advanced spectrum analyzer and MTTplus-900 WiFi Air Expert module. He also comments on DOCSIS 3.1 deployment and Remote PHY technology.
LRTV Custom TV
The Overall Objective Is to Win the Game

6|26|17   |     |   (0) comments


SCTE•ISBE's Chris Bastian discusses Energy 2020's success to date and the importance of a flexible approach that allows for changes in specific strategies in order to reach significant milestones.
LRTV Interviews
CenturyLink: Let's Get Past SD-WAN Hype

6|23|17   |   04:02   |   (0) comments


Technology becomes a "shiny object" unless it's properly focused on solving business needs for enterprise customers, says Bill Grubbs, network solutions architect for CenturyLink. He explains to Light Reading why SD-WAN deployments have to be tailored to specific needs – and more.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Infinera's Sales Director Paints Tech's Big Picture

6|21|17   |   4:14   |   (1) comment


Shannon Williams, Infinera's director of sales, shares how she achieves work's many balancing acts -- between her role and the broader company, today and tomorrow's tech and more.
LRTV Custom TV
SD-WAN Innovation & Trends

6|20|17   |     |   (0) comments


Versa CEO Kelly Ahuja discusses with Carol Wilson the current status and trends in the SD-WAN market, Versa's innovation around building a software platform with broad contextualization, and the advantages that startups can bring to the SD-WAN market.
LRTV Interviews
Ovum's Dario Talmesio on 5G in Europe

6|20|17   |   02:16   |   (0) comments


At 5G World 2017, Dario Talmesio, principal analyst and practice leader on Ovum's fixed and mobile telecoms European team, explains the emerging trends amongst European operators as they prepare for 5G.
LRTV Custom TV
Putting Power on a Pedestal

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


ARRIS's John Ulm says a major accomplishment of SCTE•ISBE's Energy 2020 program is increased focus on power cost and consumption, including inclusion of energy requirements in operators' RFPs and RFIs.
LRTV Custom TV
Gigabit Access: The Last-Mile Pipe for All Future Services

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


A Gigabit access platform being deployed today must be able to deliver all types of services to an increasing number of devices. A non-blocking architecture is necessary to support the ever-increasing growth in bandwidth demand. The Huawei Gigabit access solution is based on a distributed design that is fully scalable to deliver a unprecedented performance.
LRTV Custom TV
Key Factors to Successfully Deploy an SD-WAN Service

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


As service providers transition their SD-WAN solution from trials and limited deployments into production at large scale, there are important considerations to successfully operationalize these solutions and realize their full potential, without adding complexity, introducing uncertainty or disrupting current business operations. Sunil Khandekar, CEO and Founder ...
LRTV Custom TV
IoT Solutions: Rational Exuberance

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


IoT solutions are morphing from hype into viable business opportunities. Huawei has the platform and ecosystem support to help carriers successfully address new business opportunities in the IoT space.
LRTV Custom TV
Realizing ICN as a Network Slice for Mobile Data Distribution

6|19|17   |     |   (1) comment


Network slicing in 5G allows the potential introduction of new network architectures such as Information-centric Networks (ICN) as a slice, managed over a shared pool of compute, storage and bandwidth resource. Services over an ICN slice can benefit from many architectural features such as Name Based Networking, Security, Multicasting, Multi-homing, Mobility, ...
LRTV Interviews
Ovum's Mike Roberts on 5G Uptake

6|19|17   |   04:08   |   (0) comments


Mike Roberts, research director for Ovum's service provider markets group, explains why he has boosted his 5G subscriptions forecast.
Upcoming Live Events
October 18, 2017, Colorado Convention Center - Denver, CO
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, UK
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
No Imagination: UK Chip Biz Goes Up for Sale
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/22/2017
Does AT&T Deserve Time Warner?
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 6/23/2017
Netflix's Lesson in Culture Expectation Settings
Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 6/21/2017
Kalanick Steps Down as Uber CEO
Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 6/21/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
One of the nice bits of my job (other than the teeny tiny salary, obviously) is that I get to pick and choose who I interview for this slot on the Light Reading home ...
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.