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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Austin, Texas,

The next-generation communications industry’s most coveted honor



The Big 5G Event – our usual location and occasion to announce the year's Leading Lights winners – has moved. That event will now take place on September 22, in Austin, Texas.

With the event postponement and several companies adapting to a new way of working in the era of COVID-19, we're also going to move the Leading Lights awards deadlines as well. The new deadline for Leading Lights entries is midnight PST on Friday, May 1.

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 shortlists will be announced on June 1, and the winners announced at an awards dinner held in Austin, on Tuesday, September 22, as a kick-off to our Big 5G Event.

2020 categories

Most Innovative Cable/Video Product or Service
Most Innovative Mobile/Wireless Product or Service
Most Innovative Telecoms Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH)
Most Innovative AI/Analytics Strategy
Most Innovative Blockchain for Telecoms Strategy
Most Innovative Business Cloud Service
Most Innovative SD-WAN Service
Most Innovative SD-WAN Product Strategy (Vendor)
Most Innovative Telco Cloud Strategy (Network/Data Center Operator)
Most Innovative Telco Cloud Product Strategy (Vendor)
Most Innovative Edge Computing Strategy
Most Innovative Security Strategy
Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy
Most Innovative 5G Technology
Most Innovative 5G Strategy
Most Innovative Private Wireless Networks Strategy *NEW*
Outstanding Components Vendor
Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor
Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor
Company of the Year (Private)
Company of the Year (Public)
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

Each finalist will receive detailed coverage on Light Reading

Recognize your team's success

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

Align your brand with excellence

All finalists featured in our awards event materials

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

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

Raise your company profile

Leverage and publicize your success in future marketing and PR campaigns