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The Leading Lights Are On!

NEW YORK -- Light Reading today announced it is now accepting entries for the Leading Lights, in which top public and private companies and their executives will be recognized for their outstanding achievements in the telecommunications industry.

The Light Reading awards program launched in 2004 to a spectacular response, with more than 300 entries. The awards categories and judging criteria have been carefully designed and refined in light of Light Reading's six years of experience analyzing telecommunications technology and services. The judges will take into account extensive feedback from both leading financial analysts and service providers.

The Leading Lights award winners will be announced before an audience of 200+ service providers, Wall Street financial analysts, and technology and business press at an exclusive, invitation-only gala dinner to take place on the evening of Wednesday, December 14, following The Light Reading Telecom Investment Conference at the Pierre Hotel, New York City. Now that's what we call a party!

The awards will be judged by a panel composed of Light Reading editors, Heavy Reading analysts, and independent advisory board members that Light Reading will invite from across the industry. Advisory board members will be participating in the Telecom Investment Conference.

Leading Lights program focuses on next-generation telecom technology and the business case for it. It also recognizes top executives at the leading public and private companies -- especially those who have a vision for leading the industry forward.

The contest is completely free to enter. The Web pages and entry form are here. But don't drag your feet, because the deadline for entries is Monday, November 7.

What do do? Entrants should fill out the Web form in its entirety. The form includes important details that will be used by the judges to evaluate the entries, so please be precise. Hardware and software companies, as well as service providers, are all encouraged to enter.

(For last year's winners, see LR Reveals Leading Lights Winners.) Here are all the categories of awards:

Public Companies
  • Industry Statesman : 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 telecommunications recession.

  • 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

  • Industry Statesman: 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 telecommunications recession.

  • 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 deadline for submission is November 7, 2005, with the finalists to be announced the week of November 14. Submit your nominees here.

— R. Scott Raynovich, US Editor, Light Reading

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