The 2008 Leading Lights Finalists

Light Reading has determined the finalists for the fifth annual Leading Lights Awards, which recognize top companies and their executives for outstanding achievements in next-gen communications.

The Leading Lights Award winners will be announced before an audience of service providers, analysts, and technology and business press at an exclusive, invitation-only gala dinner on Monday, Oct. 20, following the first day of Light Reading's Ethernet Expo.

The finalists were determined -- and the winners will be judged -- by a panel of Light Reading editors and Heavy Reading analysts. But you can have your say as well, by taking Light Reading's Leading Lights Reader Survey. By taking this special survey, you can have a voice in helping us determine what companies and people deserve Light Reading’s ultimate accolade.

To help you with your choices, we thought it'd be helpful to explain the rationale, where appropriate, of our picks for Leading Lights Finalists. So click on the category below for a discussion of that group's finalists -- and feel free, as ever, to start your own discussion on the boards below:

Person of the Year
Awarded to the individual that our editorial staff, with the help of reader votes and nominations, selects as having had the most remarkable impact on the business of next-generation communications during the past 12 months.

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 Service
Awarded to the service provider or Internet firm that has most successfully deployed a market-leading, revenue-generating service based on next-generation communications technology.

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

Best New Startup
Awarded to the recently launched private company that our editors believe has the best chance at success because of its the proven managers, solid backing, and interesting products or services addressing next-generation communications markets.

Best Investment Potential
Awarded to the public company that represents the best long-term potential return on investment by virtue of solid management, product development, and market growth potential.

Best Deal Maker
Awarded to the company that has consistently demonstrated good timing, judgment, and execution in high-profile acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic investments, or other creative ways of extending its reach in the market.

Best Marketing
Awarded to the company that has best communicated a specific technological vision and/or business proposition to customers and investors, especially in cases where the company has defined and led the market.

— The Staff, Light Reading

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    Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:30:17 PM
    re: The 2008 Leading Lights Finalists This category is tougher for me, this year. Last year I thought Jagdeep Singh deserved it hands-down.

    Rubin is gonna win the reader poll just on Google/Android name recognition. Not sure he's the slam-dunk pick, though.

    I like having Ben V. on the list, but ... has he actually done anything at AlcaLu yet? Maybe he's more a 2009'er.
    gbmorrison 12/5/2012 | 3:30:16 PM
    re: The 2008 Leading Lights Finalists Can anybody out there give us an insider's view of his time and impact while at BT? Is he more like a figurehead or did the rank and file and the engineers respect him or...? The perception of a guy like him can be REALLY different from the outside and in his press, vs. what's said in the halls and cubicles....
    digits 12/5/2012 | 3:30:15 PM
    re: The 2008 Leading Lights Finalists "I like having Ben V. on the list, but ... has he actually done anything at AlcaLu yet?"

    Yes - he accepted the job. That's worth a medal by itself, no?

    He is also, I hear, putting the wind up a few people who are used to working and reacting at their own pace -- now they have to work at Big Ben's pace, which is somewhat faster than some of the Paris lifers are used to...

    As for his impact at BT, the inside view is not consistent. Some rate him highly, others thought him lucky with his timing.

    Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:30:04 PM
    re: The 2008 Leading Lights Finalists I'd asked before, but I'll give it another shot:

    Should we have included Juniper's SRX for best product? Did we blow it big-time here? All sane, civil opinions welcome.
    GeraldL 12/5/2012 | 3:24:53 PM
    re: The 2008 Leading Lights Finalists You spoke out of my heart what you wrote about "this Rudi Lamprecht character"... Suggest him for the lifetime "Razzie" award
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