Light Reading this week unveiled its annual Leading Lights winners, including the latest to garner accolades for their achievements in broadband.
Editors presented the awards during a dinner at Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas. Many top executives from the communications industry were on hand, preparing for the next day's opening of the Big Communications Event (#BCE2018) and 5G North America in the Austin Convention Center May 15 through May 18.
Hundreds of contenders applied for 24 categories. Some winners previously shared in Light Reading include:
Most Innovative Telecoms Product (Optical IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH)
Awarded to the company that has developed a potentially market-leading optical/IP/Ethernet/FTTH product that, through engineering and technical excellence, enables the deployment of profitable next-generation telecom services.
Winner: Sedona Systems
Sedona Systems wins for the latest iteration of its multi-domain, multi-layer, multi-vendor NetFusion network controller.
Most Innovative Gigabit/FTTx Service
Awarded to the communications service provider that launched the most innovative fiber-to-the-home/building/cabinet service during the past year.
Winner: CityFibre FTTP partnership with Vodafone
UK wholesale broadband altnet CityFibre wins for its major rollout project with Vodafone that will see CityFibre deploy an open access, GPON-based network in 12 UK cities covering a minimum of 1 million homes. (See Vodafone, CityFibre Take Their Gig to Concrete Cowland.)
Most Innovative SD-WAN Service
Awarded to the company that has launched the most innovative SD-WAN service for enterprise and/or small or midsized corporate users during the past year.
Winner: Comcast Business
Comcast Business wins for its SD-WAN powered by ActiveCore, its software-defined platform.
Nokia kicks off a busy October by announcing a fixed access network slicing solution, PON interoperability approach and antennas that make a sound business case for 4G fixed wireless residential service.
With the availability of SD-Access products that leverage Amendment 3 Gfast capabilities like 212 MHz spectrum, DTA support and ability to deliver symmetric gigabit speeds, operators can quickly sate the needs of gigabit-hungry customers.
Telefónica Deutschland will use Deutsche Telekom's fiber-optic cable network to connect at least 5,000 mobile base stations to support 3G and LTE networks and prepare for 5G; to accelerate rollouts, DT will use artificial intelligence on some future fiber deployments.
With its recently opened South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), Angola Cables CEO António Nunes realized a personal goal — and connected Angola to North and South America, along with a world of new opportunities for the telco wholesaler and the continent it calls home.
After California enacted its own net neutrality law on Tuesday, heavy-hitting trade groups struck back Wednesday, filing a lawsuit to throw out a rule they claim extends beyond California and beyond the 2015 Order.
Fast, reliable broadband is essential to how we live, work and play today – and the upcoming arrival of 5G will only further increase demand and reliance on fiber infrastructure. Already viewed by consumers as intolerable, delays, outages or the regular maintenance difficulties associated with operating a network will become further exacerbated when residential subscribers further rely on connected devices for day-to-day life. Just as providers deploy network automation tools to reduce operational issues, they must take similar care to manage consumer expectations when they roll out fiber or new services. This webinar features leaders who will discuss how to manage marketing and consumer expectations at every stage of the network lifecycle. Marketing professionals, c-level executives and policymakers interested in drumming up fiber envy should attend.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.