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Light Reading's 2010 Leading Lights Finalists

The editors of Light Reading today are proud to present the finalists for the industry's leading awards program, the Leading Lights.

Leading Lights winners, and Light Reading Hall of Fame inductees, will be announced at an Awards Dinner at Hudson Terrace in New York City on Nov. 2, following the first day of Ethernet Expo Americas 2010. (See LR Leading Lights Finalists Coming Sept. 22, Ethernet Expo Americas Preview, and Ciena, MEF, Others to Keynote at Ethernet Expo.)

Below, please find each category for these awards. Click on the category name to get the finalists for each section (free registration required). Once you're logged in, feel free to comment on the message boards below.

Coming up: We'll fire up our Leading Lights Reader Survey so you can share your opinion of our finalists and see what your peers think. Also, our editors will be sharing their commentary and insights on the finalists chosen via their individual blogs.

And now, the categories for Light Reading's 2010 Leading Lights Awards:

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

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

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

Best New Service or Application (Cable)
Awarded to the company that has deployed a potentially market-leading, revenue-generating service or application that enhances the use of next-generation communications technology in the cable network.

Best New Service or Application (Mobile)
Awarded to the company that has deployed a potentially market-leading, revenue-generating service or application that enhances the use of next-generation communications technology in the mobile network.

Best New Service or Application (Telecom)
Awarded to the company that has deployed a potentially market-leading, revenue-generating service or application that enhances the use of next-generation communications technology in the wireline network.

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

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

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.

There isn't a shortlist for the Light Reading Hall of Fame, which seeks to recognize several individuals -- the famous and infamous -- for their remarkable contributions to the sector. The inductees will be named (and some of them shamed) at the Awards Dinner, once everyone has had a few cocktails.

— The Editors, Light Reading



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digits 12/5/2012 | 4:22:45 PM
re: Light Reading's 2010 Leading Lights Finalists

So, who should win these awards, in your view?

JB Frost 12/5/2012 | 4:22:36 PM
re: Light Reading's 2010 Leading Lights Finalists

Given the breadth of the nominees, I wonder if there is value on an award that is so broad? How do you compare the value of a Base Station with that of a Tablet or Handset?

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:22:23 PM
re: Light Reading's 2010 Leading Lights Finalists

There's definitely a value in trying to assess how influential a product or tech is in a sector.


But you're correct in implying that handing out awards is often a subjective exercise. There is no algorithm to decide the "Best Picture" Oscar and there is no easy answer for why one service or product beats out another, even though they don't go head-to-head in the marketplace.


That is precisely why we open this up for discussion, poll our readers, and try to get as much feedback on our Finalist list as possible.

msodikumar 12/5/2012 | 4:22:02 PM
re: Light Reading's 2010 Leading Lights Finalists

Good luck to all the finalists of 2010 Leading Lights. I think Light Reading should broaden its scope of awards to public sector entities that have been innovative as well.  Many municipal networks have been functioning as regional service providers that offer innovative service offerings comparable or better than some nationwide service providers (DC-Net is a great example!)

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:22:01 PM
re: Light Reading's 2010 Leading Lights Finalists

Thanks -- that's an interesting idea.  We'll have to keep it in mind for next year.  (And in case we forget, feel free to ping us with nominee ideas in 2011.)

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:20:08 PM
re: Light Reading's 2010 Leading Lights Finalists

I like that idea, too. Munis just might be the future of big broadband in the US once we see how the stimulus fizzles and does nothing to help our broadband rankings.

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