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.
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Fiber optic cable vendor Prysmian Group is now shipping its FlexRibbon Technology-based, US-sourced and made 6912 fiber MassLink Cable to service providers seeking densification for 5G or solutions for filled ducts.
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Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.
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