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LR Fires Up Leading Lights Awards

NEW YORK -- Light Reading today announced it has launched a new annual industry awards program, the Leading Lights, in which top public and private companies and their executives will be recognized for their outstanding achievements in the telecommunications industry.

This is Light Reading's first awards program since the company's inception in February 2000. The awards categories and judging criteria have been developed based on nearly five years of experience analyzing telecommunications, plus extensive feedback from both leading financial analysts and service providers.

The Leading Lights program will focus on next-generation telecom technology AND the business case for it. It will recognize the top executives at leading public and private companies that have successfully led their employees through the dog days of the worst telecom recession in history, as well as the best products and the hottest public and private companies.

Better yet -- it is completely free to enter the contest. The Web pages and entry form are here. But don't drag your feet, because the deadline for entries is November 1.

Here are the instructions: Entrants fill out a 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.

The awards program will be judged by a panel composed of Light Reading editors, Heavy Reading analysts, and leading analysts from the financial community. For now, to protect their safety, we’re leaving the identity of these judges in secrecy, as they remain sequestered in their top-secret judging chambers.

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 1, 2004, with the finalists announced on November 15.

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 15, following Light Reading's Telecom Investment Conference at the four-star Westin Times Square Hotel, New York City.

Still haven’t found that URL? Well, it’s here. — Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

Stevery 12/5/2012 | 1:11:33 AM
re: LR Fires Up Leading Lights Awards Hey LR-
You forgot the other side of the coin. I bet you'd get more nominations for

Industry Bozo:
Least likely to be acquired:
Worst product:
Worst new service:
Worst marketing:
JoeBagadonuts 12/5/2012 | 1:11:32 AM
re: LR Fires Up Leading Lights Awards Don't forget that category....
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