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Leading Lights 2019: The Winners

Ray Le Maistre
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Most Innovative Telco Cloud Strategy (Network/Data Center Operator)
Awarded to the network or data center operator that has devised the most innovative telco cloud (virtualization, SDN/NFV) strategy during the past year.

Winner: Rakuten Mobile
Rakuten Mobile wins for its Telco Cloud Platform, a truly next-generation, software-defined, automated and distributed telco architecture developed in partnership with Cisco.


Most Innovative Telco Cloud Product Strategy (Vendor)
Awarded to the technology vendor that has devised the most innovative telco cloud (virtualization, SDN/NFV) product strategy during the past year.

Winner: Netcracker Technology
Netcracker Technology wins for Netcracker Business Cloud, its telco cloud-as-a-service managed service that enables operators to expedite their VNF-based enterprise service strategies.


Most Innovative Automation Strategy (Network/Data Center Operator)
Awarded to the network or data center operator that has devised the most innovative automation strategy during the past year.

Winner: Rakuten Mobile
Rakuten Mobile wins for the mobile network platform, developed and deployed with help from Cisco, that has in-built automated processes from the radio access to the core.


Most Innovative Edge Computing Strategy
Awarded to the network operator or technology developer that has devised the most innovative edge computing strategy during the past year.

Winner: SK Telecom
SK Telecom wins for its MEC Tech. & Open Platform Strategy based on "small-scale data centers" that can help reduce latency on mobile networks by up to 60%.


Most Innovative Security Strategy
Awarded to the communications service provider, systems integrator or technology developer that has unveiled the most innovative security strategy during the past year.

Winner: CUJO AI
CUJO AI wins for its machine learning-based approach to securing smart home and IoT deployments that has secured major cable operator deals.


Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy
Awarded to the communications service provider, systems integrator or technology developer that has unveiled the most innovative Internet of Things/Machine to Machine (IoT/M2M) strategy during the past year.

Winner: Sprint
Sprint wins for its Curiosity IoT platform, deployed in partnership with Ericsson, that is built around a dedicated core network.


Most Innovative 5G Technology
Awarded to the company that, during the past year, has developed a potentially market-leading product that will enable the launch, deployment or creation of 5G services.

Winner: Pivotal Commware
Pivotal Commware wins for its Echo 5G system, which enables fixed wireless 5G millimeter wave signals to pass through modern low-energy glass windows, something that has been a major challenge for the industry.


Most Innovative 5G Strategy
Awarded to the company that has outlined and clearly communicated an innovative, market-leading 5G networking technology or service development strategy during the past year.

Winner: Amdocs
Amdocs wins for its strategy that tackles, with help from the broader industry ecosystem, the unique business and operational challenges that 5G service providers will face.


Outstanding Components Vendor
Awarded to the components vendor that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, helps set the industry trends, makes investors proud and makes employees happy.

Winner: Source Photonics
Source Photonics wins for its development of optical components that are supporting the "anyhaul" transport strategies of system vendors and network operators and its ongoing business success.


Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor
Awarded to the communications networking test and measurement, monitoring or assurance systems vendor that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, helps set the industry trends, makes investors proud and makes employees happy.

Winner: Spirent
Spirent wins for its focused and successful 5G product development strategy, its ongoing support for 5G-related industry initiatives around the world and its financial success.


Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor
Awarded to the next-generation OSS/BSS/analytics/digital commerce systems vendor that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, helps set the industry trends, makes investors proud and makes employees happy.

Winner: LotusFlare
LotusFlare wins for the development of, and early successes with, its Digital Network Operator (DNO) suite, which offers a "Telco in an App" proposition for service providers.


Company of the Year (Private)
Awarded to the privately held firm that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, makes investors proud and makes employees happy.

Winner: Versa Networks
Versa Networks wins for its ongoing success with customers and partners in the SD-WAN market and its ongoing efforts to develop cloud-native applications.


Company of the Year (Public)
Awarded to the publicly listed firm that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, makes investors proud and makes employees happy.

Winner: Ciena
Ciena has had an outstanding year in terms of product development, market strategy and financial performance.


Best Deal Maker
Awarded to the company that has consistently demonstrated good timing, judgment and execution in high-profile acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures and other multi-company financial arrangements.

Winner: Lumentum
Lumentum wins for an M&A strategy that was exemplified by its strategic and timely $1.8 billion acquisition of fellow optical components firm Oclaro.

— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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Leading Lights Awards winners
I loved this list of Leading Lights Awards winners. Very useful!

 

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5/28/2019 | 10:20:33 AM
Special Mention to Parallels Wireless
Thank you for this list of winners, and special mention to Parallels Wireless for their HetNet Gateway software
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