2012 Leading Lights Finalists: Best Product (Mobile)

Google's Nexus 7
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s first tablet is one of very few Android devices in this category to make an impact. U.K. retailer The Carphone Warehouse Group plc (London: CPW) has described it as "by far" the most successful Android tablet yet.

This is important because Google has proved that a smaller, cheaper 7-inch device with good design and enough processing power can take on the mighty iPad. The device has helped to carve the Android operating system a much needed niche in the tablet market.

Ruckus Wireless's SmartCell Gateway
The Ruckus Wireless Inc. SmartCell Gateway is designed to allow operators to mix-and-match LTE small cells and Wi-Fi access points for best performance. The unit allows the differing radio technologies to be co-located and share backhaul to reduce costs. Bringing together Wi-Fi and LTE small cells is going to be an important strategy as carriers look to supply coverage, speed and capacity for data-happy smartphone and tablet users.

Samsung's SmartMBS (Multi-standard Base Station)
The SmartMBS is one indicator that Samsung Corp. is serious about being a player in 4G infrastructure world. Samsung has come up with a snap-together multi-mode system that can also support high-capacity network demands.

India's Infotel is reportedly kicking the tires of the SmartMBS gear while EE is using Samsung's LTE infrastructure for its 4G build-out in the U.K.

Tekelec's Diameter Signaling Router 3.0
Implementing Diameter signaling smoothly across an LTE network could be the difference between 4G success or network flake-outs for operators in 2012 and 2013.

In version 3 of the DSR -- released in June -- Tekelec significantly ramps up the capacity and adds new support features sought by operators. T-Mobile US Inc. was impressed enough to award the vendor the contract for its forthcoming LTE network.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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