During a gala dinner in Denver, held on the eve of the Big 5G Event, Light Reading editors announced the "2019 Leading Lights Awards" winners across 22 categories -- including several specific to fixed broadband and the BBWN community.
Last night's ceremony, attended by hundreds of communications industry executives, was held at the Grand Hyatt Denver Hotel's Pinnacle Club. The arduous selection process followed the judging of hundreds of submissions in new and existing categories. They included recognition for businesses making strides in areas including 5G, AI and analytics, edge computing, blockchain, SD-WAN, telco cloud and more, wrote Ray Le Maistre on Light Reading. (See Leading Lights 2019: The Winners.)
Here is subset of winners focused on cable and fixed-access broadband. Congratulations to the award winners, which include:
Most Innovative Cable/Video Product or Service
Awarded to the company that has developed a potentially market-leading product, application or strategy that has enabled the launch, deployment or creation of innovative, profitable cable, video, TV or multimedia services during the past year.
Broadpeak wins for its nanoCDN Multicast ABR Low Latency & Device Synch (catchy name!), which tackles two of the biggest challenges facing OTT video -- latency and multi-screen delivery synchronization.
Most Innovative Telecoms Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH)
Awarded to the company that has developed a potentially market-leading optical/IP/Ethernet product that, through engineering and technical excellence, enables the deployment of profitable next-generation telecom services.
Calix wins for its AXOS Intelligent Access Edge, a new addition to its AXOS platform for fixed broadband network operators that, with software functionality, eliminates the need for standalone devices for routing, subscriber management and aggregation.
Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy
Awarded to the communications service provider, systems integrator or technology developer that has unveiled the most innovative Internet of Things/Machine to Machine (IoT/M2M) strategy during the past year.
Sprint wins for its Curiosity IoT platform, deployed in partnership with Ericsson, that is built around a dedicated core network.
Read the rest of Light Reading's coverage to discover who was awarded Company of the Year (Public), Company of the Year (Private), Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor, Best Deal Maker, and a bevy of 5G awards.
And see who was named to the Light Reading Hall of Fame, and catch up on the 2018 Leading Lights winners and HoF members.
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