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Leading Lights Awards: Could You Win?

Ray Le Maistre
3/6/2014
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Light Reading has launched its annual awards program, the Leading Lights, and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the telecom industry's gongs we've made it even bigger and better.

Following the major success of the 2013 awards, which saw some of the industry's top names pick up trophies at a gala dinner in New York City that was hosted by a human chicken -- see Leading Lights Soiree Snaps -- we've added some additional categories and co-located the awards dinner/party with the Big Telecom Event (BTE) (June 17/18 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers).

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 of the larger systems vendors: Now they have a chance to shine in their own categories.

So, in total, we have 16 categories this year. They 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

You can see who won the awards in 2013, get a feel for the kind of evening we enjoyed in October 2013, and find out how the Leading Lights experience is a lasting one thanks to the amazing prizes we gave away last year, by checking out the following slideshows, videos, and articles:

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.

To see who joined the Hall of Fame in 2013, and find out why John D'Ambrosia was inducted, check out these videos and articles:

For anyone that 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: Deadline for entries is Monday April 7 (following an extension from the original deadline of March 31).

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any further questions, please use the message boards below or email us at editors@lightreading.com 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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mendyk
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mendyk,
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3/13/2014 | 9:33:47 AM
Re: Fun and important
Here's a thought... Let's set up a place for startups in developing markets to pitch their ideas. Maybe this could lead to some LL recognition. I'd volunteer to be the gatekeeper on this.
Ray@LR
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Ray@LR,
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3/13/2014 | 9:12:19 AM
Re: Fun and important
Hi bfishlei

I appreciate your concerns but if we did that, we'd have to run checks on the finances of all submitting companies, so it's not doable I'm afraid.

Ray
bfishlei
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bfishlei,
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3/13/2014 | 7:26:34 AM
Re: Fun and important
You know, $350 is a lot of money for the start-ups I work for in Africa and India.  In the latter, this is the monthly salary of 2 employees in rural villages.  How about a sliding scale of entry fees - mega bucks for wealthy public companies who want to add to their trophy cabinet and nothing for start-ups doing innovative things in emerging markets!
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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3/7/2014 | 5:55:46 PM
Re: Human chicken?
We could go with the pets.com sock puppet.
DOShea
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DOShea,
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3/7/2014 | 10:08:36 AM
Re: Human chicken?
Well, we are "hog butcher for the world." http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/2043
Ray@LR
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Ray@LR,
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3/7/2014 | 3:17:19 AM
Re: Human chicken?
The menagerie is being surveyed, but who can tell what themes Chicago will inspire!
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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3/6/2014 | 7:27:49 PM
Human chicken?
What variety of sentient livestock will be responsible for delivering this year's awards?
Ariella
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Ariella,
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3/6/2014 | 2:03:33 PM
Re: Fun and important
LOL @Janerygaard. I know what you mean about acronyms!
TeleWRTRLiz
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TeleWRTRLiz,
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3/6/2014 | 1:17:51 PM
Re: Fun and important
I was on special assignment. 
janerygaard
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janerygaard,
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3/6/2014 | 1:16:12 PM
Re: Fun and important
I am sure you will be fed up with acronyms before you have read the first 20% of the applications - and NFV will be in the top3 list ;)
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