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Leading Lights 2016: The Winners

Ray Le Maistre
5/23/2016

AUSTIN, Texas -- The 2016 Leading Lights awards winners have been announced at a gala dinner attended by hundreds of communications industry executives at the Hotel Ella here in Austin. The dinner was held on the eve of the Big Communications Event (BCE), which is being held at the Austin Convention Center May 24/25.

The winners were chosen following the judging of hundreds of submissions in 26 categories, which this year included recognition for those companies making progress in 5G and transformation strategies as well as SDN, NFV, IoT and all of the traditional Leading Lights categories. The finalists were announced in April. (See Leading Lights 2016: The Finalists.)

The latest additions to Light Reading's Hall of Fame were also announced at the awards dinner: You can find out who was inducted this year by watching our video, Light Reading Hall of Fame 2016.

We also announced the winners of the inaugural Women in Comms awards: To find out who picked up those awards, see Women in Comms' Leading Lights Awards Winners Revealed .

There are a lot of winners to announce in this year's Leading Lights: Check out the first tranche of winners below and the remainder on the following page.

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.

Winner: Technicolor -- HDR Distribution Solution

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.

Winner: Ericsson -- Gigabit LTE

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.

Winner: Lumentum Holdings -- Optical whiteboxes for SDN

Most Innovative SMB Service
Awarded to the communications service provider (cable, fixed, mobile) that has launched the most innovative business service for small or medium-sized corporate users during the past year.

Winner: AT&T -- Managed Internet Service on Demand

Most Innovative Enterprise Service
Awarded to the communications service provider (cable, fixed, mobile) that has launched the most innovative business service for enterprise corporate users during the past year.

Winner: Zayo -- FlexConnect

Most Innovative Wireless Service (3G, 4G, Carrier WiFi)
Awarded to the communications service provider that has launched the most innovative wireless/mobile service (2G, 3G, 4G, carrier WiFi) for its customers during the past year.

Winner: Boingo Wireless -- Sprint's Carrier Wi-Fi Roaming, Powered by Boingo

Most Innovative Carrier Cloud Service
Awarded to the communications service provider (cable, fixed, mobile) that has launched the most innovative Carrier Cloud service (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) for its customers during the past year.

Winner: AT&T -- NetBond with Cloud Storage and Colocation

Most Innovative Ethernet/Optical Service
Awarded to the communications service provider (cable, fixed, mobile) that has launched the most innovative Carrier Ethernet or optical transport service for its customers during the past year.

Winner: Colt Technology Services Group -- Colt On Demand services platform

Most Innovative Video Service
Awarded to the communications service provider (cable, fixed, mobile) that has launched the most innovative video/TV service for its customers during the past year.

Winner: AT&T -- DirecTV 4K Ultra HD Service

Next page: The rest of the winners.

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