First, with 100Gbit/s interfaces all the rage, big router names made the cut:
Two Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT)-related products made the finalist list:
For details on the finalists in the Best New Service or Application (Telecom) category, see: Leading Lights: Telecom Services Finalists.
Keep watching for finalist rundowns in other categories. And of course, if you don't like our reasoning here, do chime in on the message board.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading