Cloud Services

Where's the Innovation?

With so much focus these days on service and application developments for the wireless world, there's a tendency sometimes to forget that there's plenty of innovation still happening in the fixed line world.

Consider the introduction of 100Gbit/s services, for example, by the likes of XO Communications Inc. , Telia Company , Verizon Enterprise Solutions and Lightower Fiber Networks , to name but a few. (See XO's Not Done Yet With 100G, TeliaSonera IC Deploys NSN's 100G, Verizon Goes Global With Metro 100G and Lightower Picks Ciena for 100G.)

They are all perfect candidates for consideration in the Best New Service or Application (Telecom) category of the 2012 Leading Lights Awards.

And what about the welter of cloud services that have been launched during the past year? Those who have been developing new cloud offerings during the past year include NTT Communications Corp. (NYSE: NTT) outfit Dimension Data , Verizon's Verizon Terremark , Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE: CBB), XO Communications, Orange Business Services and many more. (See Dimension Data Announces OneCloud, Terremark, EMC Partner on Faster Cloud, Microsoft: A Company of Many Clouds, Cincinnati Bell Partners to Form Quicker Clouds, XO Keeps Cloud in the Family and Orange/SITA Cloud Prepares for Takeoff.)

Then there's the Smart Networking offer that was launched earlier this year by Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG). (See Belgacom Takes a Smart Turn.)

And we haven't even mentioned the developments and innovation that have taken place in Ethernet services, broadband access, unified communications, content delivery networks (CDNs) ...

So many possibilities, but as with any awards process, it's all down to the quality of the entries, so don't delay any longer in submitting. (See Leading Lights 2012 Entry Forms.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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