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Leading Lights Awards Finalists

Light Reading announced the winners of its first Leading Lights awards program at an invitation-only gala dinner on December 15 (see LR Reveals Leading Lights Winners).

The awards recognize people and companies for outstanding achievements in the telecom industry. They focus on next-generation telecom technology and the business case for it. They honor the best products and the hottest public and private companies, as well as the top executives at leading public and private companies who have successfully led their employees through the dog days of the worst telecom recession in history.

The Leading Lights awards were judged by a panel composed of Light Reading editors, Heavy Reading analysts, and leading analysts from the financial community.

Finalists in each category were announced in a series of articles beginning November 15. This report collects together those articles to give credit to the companies and people that were in the running for Light Reading’s ultimate accolade:


  • Industry Statesman
    Awarded to the CEO or senior executive who has demonstrated the greatest qualities of leadership, technological vision, and financial acumen when guiding his or her company through the telecommunications recession
    Public Company
    Private Company


  • Best New Product
    Awarded to the company that has developed a market-leading product that, through engineering and technical excellence, best enables the deployment of profitable next-generation telecommunications services
    Public Company
    Private Company


  • Best New Service
    Awarded to the service provider or carrier that has most successfully deployed a market-leading, revenue-generating service based on next-generation telecommunications technology
    Public Company
    Private Company


  • Best Marketing
    Awarded to the company that has best communicated a specific technology vision and/or business proposition to customers and investors, especially in cases where the company has defined and led the market
    Public Company
    Private Company


  • Best M&A Strategy
    Awarded to the company that has consistently demonstrated good timing, judgment, and execution in high-profile acquisitions
    Public Company

  • Top IPO or M&A Candidate
    Awarded to the company that most clearly has the management, products, and financial stability to launch a successful IPO or be acquired on its own terms within the next 12 months
    Private Company

  • Best Investment Potential
    Awarded to the company that represents the best long-term potential return on investment by virtue of solid management, product development, and market growth potential
    Public Company
— The Staff, Light Reading

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