by Phil Harvey, Pierre Landriau, Light Reading

The Leading Lights is Light Reading's flagship awards program, returning for its 19th year to recognize the industry's top companies and their executives for outstanding achievements in next-generation communications technology, applications, services, strategies and innovation. This year, we've also rewarded more efforts related to digital equity and solid approaches to helping ease the digital divide.

Our judging panel for the finalist round did a fantastic job and we're really fortunate to benefit from their experience and insights during this process. The judges included Dell'Oro Group's Jeff Heynen and Jimmy Yu; Tantra Analyst's Prakash Sangam; our Omdia colleagues James Crawshaw, Roz Roseboro, Pablo Tomasi, Ian Redpath, Sameer Malik and Jaimie Lenderman; Rosenblatt Securities' Mike Genovese; US Ignite's Mari Silbey; Vertical Systems Group's Erin Dunne; and our Heavy Reading colleagues Sterling Perrin, Jennifer Clark and Gabriel Brown.

After each winner was listed, we summarized what stood out in the entries that won. We won't be able to provide individual feedback on all entries or privately rehash our rationale for any other contest decisions. But reaching the shortlist is a big deal, too, so we're mentioning those companies, projects and individuals again here.

And now, here are the winners of the 2023 Leading Lights:

Outstanding Use Case: Networked Edge 

Awarded to the company that can articulate a compelling example of how it delivered edge computing solutions – either network or customer-facing. For network service providers, this category includes any distributed and dedicated edge solutions in collaboration with hyperscalers.


  • Nokia
  • Spectrum Enterprise
  • SK Telecom – with BICS, Samsung Electronics and AWS
  • ZTE – with Wuhan Iron and Steel Corp. (WISCO)
  • World Wide Technology

Winner: World Wide Technology
WWT wins for taking a portable version of its converged edge platform and building an augmented reality fan experience for a NASCAR Cup Series race at the World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois. The platform could open up new revenue opportunities for venues and service providers, using edge networking to even out the latency demands of AR, even in sprawling venues with connectivity challenges.

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