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LR Names Leading Lights Finalists

As you can probably tell by the pile of empties and broken chairs outside our New York offices, Light Reading has determined the finalists for the third annual Leading Lights Awards, which recognizes top public and private companies and their executives for their outstanding achievements in the telecommunications industry.

The Leading Lights Award winners will be announced before an audience of 200-plus service providers, analysts, and technology and business press at an exclusive, invitation-only gala dinner to take place at Heavy Reading's Links 2006 Executive Summit, at the Four Seasons Resort in Santa Barbara, Calif. (For more info, go here.)

The finalists were determined -- and the winners will be judged -- by a panel of Light Reading editors, Heavy Reading analysts, and independent advisors that Light Reading has consulted from across the industry. We combed through 300+ contest entries and brought our own ideas to the table to make this one of the more interesting awards programs in the technology industry.

Here are all the categories of awards, followed by a list of finalists in each category:

Public Companies Leadership Award: Awarded to the industry CEO or senior executive who has demonstrated the greatest qualities of leadership, technology vision, and financial acumen when guiding his/her public company through the always turbulent telecom market.

Best Investment Potential (Long-Term): 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.

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

Best New Service: Awarded to the service provider or carrier that has deployed a market-leading, revenue-generating service based on next-generation telecommunications technology.

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.

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

Private Companies

Leadership Award: Awarded to the industry CEO or senior executive who has demonstrated the greatest qualities of leadership, technology vision, and financial acumen when guiding his/her private company or startup through the always turbulent telecom market.

Top IPO or M&A Candidate: Awarded to the private 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.

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

Best New Service: Awarded to the service provider or carrier that has deployed a market-leading, revenue-generating service based on next-generation telecommunications technology.

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.

Again, the results will first be announced at Heavy Reading's Links 2006 Executive Summit, at the Four Seasons Resort in Santa Barbara, Calif. For the complete conference lineup and registration info, click here.

— The Staff, Light Reading

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SolitonWave 12/5/2012 | 3:36:56 AM
re: LR Names Leading Lights Finalists The list is quite fine with some exceptions:
- Telefonica not listed at all (quite unfair looking at their growth and potential).
- Nortel's probably listed in the wrong category. Best Marketing for PBT would be more suited. Definitely a winner here. Surely does not fit very well into "market-leading product". It's important to distinguish between "products" and "technologies".

matahari 12/5/2012 | 3:36:56 AM
re: LR Names Leading Lights Finalists How did LR decide the MX960 which Juniper just announced, but is not available until next year, is a contender for best new product?

Was there an independent analysis done or was it based on the datasheet?
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:36:55 AM
re: LR Names Leading Lights Finalists re: "The better question is how much advertising needed to be purchased to snag a spot on the list. This holds true for a number of companies on it."

Do tell. I'd like to know. My job would be drop dead easy if all I had to do was sort the ad receipts and print the list.

ph
eyesright 12/5/2012 | 3:36:55 AM
re: LR Names Leading Lights Finalists "How did LR decide the MX960 which Juniper just announced, but is not available until next year, is a contender for best new product?"

The better question is how much advertising needed to be purchased to snag a spot on the list. This holds true for a number of companies on it.
palaeozoic 12/5/2012 | 3:36:55 AM
re: LR Names Leading Lights Finalists These are all based on vendor submissions. There is no independent research or fact checking. Propensity to purchase LR products is a factor.
SolitonWave 12/5/2012 | 3:36:54 AM
re: LR Names Leading Lights Finalists "Are you thinking they should have been a long-term investment finalist?"

yes, these guys are aiming at the top Carrier position (worldwide)in the short-medium term, growing very fast... Right now I think they are already in the top 5.


DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:36:54 AM
re: LR Names Leading Lights Finalists re: "Telefonica not listed at all (quite unfair looking at their growth and potential). - Nortel's probably listed in the wrong category. Best Marketing for PBT would be more suited."

Good points. I wish I had more visibility into Telefonica. Are you thinking they should have been a long-term investment finalist?

re: Nortel -- Point taken. But I would really encourage you to list stuff we may have missed in the products category. That one was thinner than it has been in recent years.

ph
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:36:54 AM
re: LR Names Leading Lights Finalists re: "How did LR decide the MX960 which Juniper just announced, but is not available until next year, is a contender for best new product?"

Carriers are already testing it and it will have customers officially before it's announced as GA. Don't get us wrong, they were late to the market and carriers had been asking for that kind of switch for years.

But they seemed to deliver a nice package and they'll have the lead for another 10 mins until Alcatel takes them to the shed.

More here:
http://www.lightreading.com/tv...
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:36:54 AM
re: LR Names Leading Lights Finalists re: "These are all based on vendor submissions. There is no independent research or fact checking. Propensity to purchase LR products is a factor."

I only wish. You would have absolutely lost it if you saw some of the submissions. I really wish I could share more. They were priceless.

ph
prs6str 12/5/2012 | 3:36:53 AM
re: LR Names Leading Lights Finalists This video views somewhat like a co-marketing piece with Juniper rather than a report. I'm not necessarily confident the product is going to fly off the shelf after viewing this.

I agree with the previous comment. The product has $0 in sales, so it shouldn't be listed as a "Best New Product." Don't get me wrong, Juniper has decent products, but it has no demonstrated ethernet focused products and we can't simply assume that they will be wildly successful with this one - especially since they are late, and there are multiple credible competitors (Cisco/Alcatel). Take a look at the J series - routing is their core competency, but that product has failed to date. Was it considered a "best new product" at some point?

This product should be listed as best potential or some such category.

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