Leading Lights 2018: The Winners

Ray Le Maistre
5/15/2018
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Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy (Service Provider)
Awarded to the communications service provider that has unveiled the most innovative Internet of Things/Machine to Machine (IoT/M2M) strategy during the past year.

Winner: Cubic Telecom
Cubic Telecom wins for the international P.180 Connectivity platform it developed for Panasonic and the enterprises that use its mobility devices.


Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy (Vendor)
Awarded to the vendor that has unveiled the most innovative Internet of Things/Machine to Machine (IoT/M2M) strategy during the past year.

Winner: Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services wins for its AWS Greengrass, AWS FreeRTOS and AWS IoT Analytics developments that, in turn, enable its customers to easily connect and manage millions of devices.


Most Innovative 5G Technology
Awarded to the company that, during the past year, has developed a potentially market-leading product that will enable the launch, deployment or creation of 5G services.

Winner: Movandi
Movandi wins for its BeamX technology that integrates RF, antenna, beamforming and control algorithms into a modular 5G millimeter wave solution for CPE, small cell and base station applications.


Most Innovative 5G Strategy
Awarded to the company that has outlined and clearly communicated an innovative, market-leading 5G networking technology or service development strategy during the past year.

Winner: Sprint
Sprint wins for its 5G Massive MIMO strategy that will enable it to upgrade its radios to 5G but still be able to deliver 4G LTE services as well as 5G using the same radio.


Outstanding Transformation Strategy (Service Provider)
Awarded to the communications service provider that has devised and implemented a transformation strategy of any kind (business, technical, cultural) that will improve its business potential and competitiveness and help its customers transform.

Winner: Colt Technology Services
Colt Technology Services wins the awards for its strategic transformation and deployment of the Colt IQ Network that supports on-demand services.


Outstanding Components Vendor
Awarded to the components vendor that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, helps set the industry trends, makes investors proud and makes employees happy.

Winner: Microsemi
Microsemi wins the award for its product developments, including its DIGI-G5 OTN processor and its business success that led to its ongoing acquisition by Microchip.


Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor
Awarded to the communications networking test and measurement, monitoring or assurance systems vendor that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, helps set the industry trends, makes investors proud and makes employees happy.

Winner: Spirent
Spirent wins the award for the development of its Lifecycle Service Assurance strategy that aims to bring greater automation to network operators, its improved financials and its rising share price.


Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor
Awarded to the next-generation OSS/BSS/analytics/digital commerce systems vendor that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, helps set the industry trends, makes investors proud and makes employees happy.

Winner: Sigma Systems
Sigma Systems wins the award for its ongoing portfolio development, including the launch of its Insights platform, its business growth and its continued focus on the needs of its customers and employees.


Outstanding Communications Technology Vision
Awarded to the company with the most innovative, transformative strategic vision for the global communications sector that harnesses next-generation technologies including (but not limited to) artificial intelligence/machine learning, fog networking, robotics, drones, virtual or augmented reality and any other developments that will shape a 5G world.

Winner: Apstra
Apstra wins the award for the development of its intent-based networking technology coupled with its ability to work across major vendors and open alternatives, a strategic plus that helps its customers to avoid vendor lock-in.


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

Winner: Aryaka Networks
Aryaka Networks wins the award for the evolution of its multi-application SD-WAN platform, its continuing business success and the vote of confidence it gets from customers.


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

Winner: Amdocs
Amdocs wins the award for its growth and expansion strategy, that includes a variety of acquisitions, its role in industry developments such as ONAP and its relentless financial success.


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.

Winner: GTT Communications
GTT Communications wins the award for its ongoing, bold acquisition-led growth strategy that has hit a peak with the operator's bid to acquire innovative fiber network and cloud platform operator Interoute.

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