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Leading Lights Finalists 2015: Company of the Year (Private)

Casa Systems
In May 2013, Casa Systems Inc. became the first company to commercialize an integrated CCAP device -- its C100G -- and was subsequently recognized by Light Reading for its achievement, winning the Leading Lights Cable Product of the Year award that year. The C100G has now been deployed by most of the world's big cable operators, including Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), telent plc (London: TLNT), Kabel Deutschland GmbH and StarHub .

According to Casa, the C100G has allowed customers to more easily prepare for the rollout of all-IP video and to consolidate equipment stored in head-ends, helping them to reduce costs and generate revenues from new services. Operators using the product are said to have saved tens of millions of dollars over a three-year period.

Casa expects to increase its revenues by 30% this year. Due to planned growth in R&D expenditure, operating profits and margins are expected to remain the same as in 2014.

Mid-Atlantic Broadband
An open-access fiber network operator in southern Virginia, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC) provides a range of transport, colocation and tower-leasing services to some 45 operators in the region.

The wholesale player claims to have had a major impact on the local economy, directly attracting 1,123 new jobs and $1.7 billion of new private-sector investments from eight different companies. It has also invested more than half a million dollars in local community groups, supporting scholarships and high-school robotics programs, for instance.

MBC expects revenues to grow by 15% this year and says it will re-invest "excess earnings" into the business as well to support its "non-profit mission areas." Revenue growth has been driven partly by the expansion of 100G capabilities on its core network, and MBC has also flagged "solid growth" from wireless backhaul partners, adding 50 cell sites to its network this year alone.

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