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Enter the Leading Lights Awards… NOW!

Ray Le Maistre

Are you worthy of winning a Leading Lights award?

If so, you'd better hurry, as the deadline for entries to this year's awards program is fast approaching -- it's Monday, April 7 (was March 31, prior to deadline extension).

And the opportunity to be shortlisted, and then win, is even greater than ever this year, as we have three new categories, taking the total to 16.

To get the full lowdown, including details of the 2013 winners, see Leading Lights Awards: Could You Win?

Here, though, are the essential details. The new categories are for companies active in Components, Test & Measurement and OSS/BSS -- the "unsung" sectors of the industry. Over the years we have had many entries in the "best new product" categories from companies in these sectors, but they often get swamped by the entries from the larger systems vendors: Now they have a chance to shine in their own categories.

The full list of categories for the 2014 Leading Lights is as follows:

  • 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

In addition to these categories, Light Reading also has its Hall of Fame, which recognizes those individuals, both the famous and the infamous, who have made a notable contribution to the global telecom sector. As always, we're looking for nominations that can help us decide which heroes and villains should be inducted this year.

For anyone who may be wondering about the timing of this year's awards, then you're right -- they're happening earlier than usual, so we can celebrate the industry luminaries at the inaugural Big Telecom Event (BTE). That means anything that's happened since April 1, 2013 (a product launch, service launch, network rollout, acquisition) is eligible.

Now all you have to do is enter! See the links below to help you find the information you need: And remember, the deadline for entries is Monday, March 31.

  • To get more information, see the Leading Lights 2014 page.

  • To enter, visit this page.

  • For additional information, see our Leading Lights FAQ sheet.

    If you have any further questions, please use the message boards below or email us at and write "Leading Lights 2014 question" in the subject line of your email.

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

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    Mitch Wagner
    Mitch Wagner,
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    3/27/2014 | 6:43:00 PM
    Re: Opportunity
    Perhaps one of these? The second one in particular is fetching and will add to the atmosphere of professionalism at the event. 
    User Rank: Blogger
    3/26/2014 | 8:23:34 PM
    Re: Opportunity
    Also find out what kind of animal costumes Steve Saunders has found half off at the local Rickys Party Stores.
    Mitch Wagner
    Mitch Wagner,
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    3/26/2014 | 2:55:55 PM
    These awards are an opportunity for industry leaders to win recognition. Also: Visit Chicago in the spring! My kind of town!
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