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2020 Awards Categories and Entry

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Most Innovative Cable/Video Product or Service
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.


Most Innovative Mobile/Wireless Product or Service
Most Innovative Mobile/Wireless 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 mobile/wireless services (4G/WiFi/unlicensed) during the past year.


Most Innovative Telecoms Product (Optical/IP/Carrier Ethernet/FTTH)
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.

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Most Innovative AI/Analytics Strategy
Most Innovative AI/Analytics Strategy

Awarded to the company that has devised the most innovative strategy built around the development or use of AI/analytics capabilities during the past year.


Most Innovative Blockchain for Telecoms Strategy
Most Innovative Blockchain for Telecoms Strategy

Awarded to the company that has devised the most innovative blockchain-based strategy in the telecoms market during the past year.

Most Innovative Business Cloud Service
Most Innovative Business Cloud Service

Awarded to the communications service provider that has launched the most innovative business cloud service for enterprise and/or small or midsized corporate users during the past year. NOTE: SD-WAN has its own service category.



Most Innovative SD-WAN Service
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.


Most Innovative SD-WAN Product Strategy (Vendor)
Most Innovative SD-WAN Product Strategy (Vendor)

Awarded to the technology vendor that has devised the most innovative software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) product/platform strategy during the past year.


Most Innovative Telco Cloud Strategy (Network/Data Center Operator)
Most Innovative Telco Cloud Strategy (Network/Data Center Operator)

Awarded to the network or data center operator that has devised the most innovative telco cloud (virtualization, SDN/NFV) strategy during the past year.



Most Innovative Telco Cloud Product Strategy (Vendor)
Most Innovative Telco Cloud Product Strategy (Vendor)

Awarded to the technology vendor that has devised the most innovative telco cloud (virtualization, SDN/NFV) product strategy during the past year.


Most Innovative Edge Computing Strategy
Most Innovative Edge Computing Strategy

Awarded to the network operator or technology developer that has devised the most innovative edge computing strategy during the past year. NOTE: This category is suitable for 5G-related edge computing product strategies.

Most Innovative Security Strategy
Most Innovative Security Strategy

Awarded to the communications service provider, systems integrator or technology developer that has unveiled the most innovative security strategy during the past year. NOTE: This category is suitable for 5G-related security product strategies.



Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy
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.


Most Innovative 5G Technology
Most Innovative 5G Technology

Awarded to the company that, during the past year, has developed a potentially market-leading product that will enable the launch, deployment or creation of 5G services.


Most Innovative 5G Strategy
Most Innovative 5G Strategy

Awarded to the company that has outlined and clearly communicated an innovative, market-leading 5G networking technology or service development strategy during the past year.



Most Innovative Private Wireless Networks Strategy *NEW*
Most Innovative Private Wireless Networks Strategy *NEW*

Awarded to the company that has devised the most innovative private wireless networks strategy during the past year.

Outstanding Components Vendor
Outstanding Components Vendor

Awarded to the components vendor that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, helps set the industry trends, makes investors proud, and makes employees happy. NOTE: This category is suitable for 5G-related component strategies.


Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor
Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor

Awarded to the communications networking test and measurement, monitoring or assurance systems vendor that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, helps set the industry trends, makes investors proud, and makes employees happy. 


Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor
Outstanding Digital Enablement Vendor

Awarded to the next-generation OSS/BSS/analytics/digital commerce systems vendor that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, helps set the industry trends, makes investors proud, and makes employees happy. NOTE: This category is suitable for 5G-related strategies.


Company of the Year (Private)
Company of the Year (Private)

Awarded to the privately held firm that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, makes investors proud, and makes employees happy.


Company of the Year (Public)
Company of the Year (Public)

Awarded to the publicly listed firm that stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, makes investors proud, and makes employees happy.



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

Every year, Light Reading recognizes those individuals, both the famous and the infamous, who have made a notable contribution to the global communications sector. Among those inducted in previous years are Steve Jobs, Bob Metcalfe, John Chambers, Kris Rinne, Irwin Jacobs, Larissa Herda, Hedy Lamarr, John Legere, Lightworks Lou and many more. Nominate the person you believe has made a lasting impact on the communications market, explaining why (in less than 300 words) you think they deserve to be in the Light Reading Hall of Fame.