Italians Dominate Euro Innovators Top 10
Check out the list and you'll find Italian Stallions in the second, third, and fourth positions, from wireless giant Telecom Italia Mobile SpA (Milan: TIM), city service provider eBiscom, and mobile challenger Vodafone Omnitel, respectively.
But they were all beaten to the accolade of leading European innovator by stalwart IP figure Peter Lothberg, an independent consultant best known for his work with Sprint Corp. (NYSE: FON) and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO). A veteran of our Top Ten lists as well the IP development scene (see The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking ), he is still pushing the technology boundaries in his current role as networking visionary and "vendor basher" for Sprint (see Sprint Spurns MPLS for Global VPNs).
And he's joined in the Top Ten by two fellow Swedes, a trio of Brits (who do the Ethernet community proud), and a Spaniard from Telefònica. Yup, an innovator from a national incumbent known previously as Mañana Telecom because it was so unresponsive to customer needs. To find out who, and why, you'll need to read the article!
This means we have a European Top ten without a single German or a native of France, though both countries are represented in the "Bubbling Under: Those Who Nearly Made It" section.
So if you want to know who's hot on "the old continent" (and which Hollywood figure gets a namecheck) head on over to Light Reading's Service Provider Circle.
— Ray Le Maistre, European Editor, Unstrung