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Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. ET
Online Event

Congratulations to our Leading Lights winners!

Celebrating Innovation in the communications industry

The communications industry’s most coveted awards program, The Leading Lights, returns for its 16th year.

The Leading Lights Awards recognize the industry's top companies and their executives for their outstanding achievements in next-generation communications technology, applications, services, strategies, and innovation. 

Light Reading’s reputation for fiercely independent analysis of the people, products, and companies it covers makes this the most credible and authoritative awards program in the industry.

The awards are judged by the Light Reading editorial team with help from the Heavy Reading analyst team. The winners will be announced at a special online awards ceremony which will take place on Friday, August 21.

2020 categories


Most Innovative Cable/Video Product or Service
Most Innovative Cable/Video Product or Service
Most Innovative Mobile/Wireless Product or Service
Most Innovative Mobile/Wireless Product or Service
Most Innovative Telecoms Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH)
Most Innovative Telecoms Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH)

Most Innovative AI/Analytics Strategy
Most Innovative AI/Analytics Strategy
Most Innovative Blockchain for Telecoms Strategy
Most Innovative Blockchain for Telecoms Strategy
Most Innovative Business Cloud Service
Most Innovative Business Cloud Service

Most Innovative SD-WAN Service
Most Innovative SD-WAN Service
Most Innovative SD-WAN Product Strategy (Vendor)
Most Innovative SD-WAN Product Strategy (Vendor)
Most Innovative Telco Cloud Strategy (Network/Data Center Operator)
Most Innovative Telco Cloud Strategy (Network/Data Center Operator)

Most Innovative Telco Cloud Product Strategy (Vendor)
Most Innovative Telco Cloud Product Strategy (Vendor)
Most Innovative Edge Computing Strategy
Most Innovative Edge Computing Strategy
Most Innovative Security Strategy
Most Innovative Security Strategy

Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy
Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy
Most Innovative 5G Technology
Most Innovative 5G Technology
Most Innovative 5G Strategy
Most Innovative 5G Strategy

Most Innovative Private Wireless Networks Strategy *NEW*
Most Innovative Private Wireless Networks Strategy *NEW*
Outstanding Components Vendor
Outstanding Components Vendor
Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor
Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor

Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor
Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor
Company of the Year (Private)
Company of the Year (Private)
Company of the Year (Public)
Company of the Year (Public)

Hall of Fame *FREE TO ENTER*
Hall of Fame *FREE TO ENTER*

Leading Lights Winners On Fire!


We invited our 2019 Leading Lights awards winners to share their thoughts with the Light Reading video crew. 

The winners were chosen following the judging of hundreds of submissions in 22 categories, which included recognition for those companies making progress in 5G, AI/Analytics, edge computing, blockchain, SD-WAN, Telco Cloud and many more. The finalists were announced in April. (See Leading Lights 2019: The Finalists.)

Why get involved


Make global headlines
Make global headlines

Each finalist will receive detailed coverage on Light Reading

Recognize your team's success
Recognize your team's success

Show your colleagues that you value the hard work the put in

Align your brand with excellence
Align your brand with excellence

All finalists featured in our awards event materials


Network with the most influential names in the industry
Network with the most influential names in the industry

All the companies leading innovation in the industry will be in attendance for an exclusive evening of entertainment and building business connections

Demonstrate the confidence you have in your products and services
Demonstrate the confidence you have in your products and services

Bring your clients along to the gala dinner to join the celebrations and demonstrate your achievements

Raise your company profile
Raise your company profile

Leverage and publicize your success in future marketing and PR campaigns