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Leading Lights Finalists: Telecom Services, Pt. II

12:15 PM -- The Leading Lights awards finalists have been announced, so now we're digging into the various categories to highlight the achievements of those on the various shortlists. (See Light Reading's 2011 Leading Lights Finalists.)

With the cloud-related finalists in the Best New Service or Application (Telecom) category already detailed earlier this week -- see Leading Lights Finalists: Telecom Services, Pt. I -- it's time to check out our three remaining hopefuls.

In no particular order…

  • XConnect Global Networks Ltd. 's Video Interconnection Exchange: XConnect has used its experience in building and running an IP telephony exchange to launch this exchange, which handles the transfer of videoconferencing and other multimedia communications between networks. This isn't just a "build it and they might come" exercise -- the exchange launched in June 2011 with five customers, including Scandinavian VoIP and IP video telephony specialist Telio Holding ASA . (See XConnect Launches Video Exchange.)

  • Sidera Networks Inc. 's Xtreme Ultra-low Latency Network: The race is constantly on to provide the ultimate connectivity service to the financial trading community in New York, New Jersey and Chicago. Sidera (formerly RCN Metro Optical Networks) has targeted that precise market with a low-latency service that it enhanced in April with the addition of switched Ethernet services. Sidera's tailored use of reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs) on its network enables it to turn on services to new locations quickly and offer guarantees of the lowest latencies on particular routes. (See Sidera Switches Low-Latency Service.)

  • CENX Inc. 's Carrier Ethernet Wireless Backhaul Exchange: The development of a sustainable and relevant backhaul strategy has become one of the biggest challenges facing the world's mobile operators as video and data traffic volumes increase. CENX spotted an opportunity to ease operators' backhaul pains with its backhaul exchange, which offers U.S. mobile operators an aggregated set of Carrier Ethernet-based backhaul connections from multiple suppliers with multiple classes of service. The service is targeted at LTE service providers and aims to help them reduce opex and capex and reduce the time it takes to launch services in new markets.(See CENX Boasts Backhaul Offer and Where's the Mobile Love for Ethernet Exchanges?.)

    Don't forget: Leading Lights winners will be announced at an Awards Dinner at Hudson Terrace in New York City on Nov. 8, following the first day of Light Reading's Ethernet Expo Americas 2011 event.

    — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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