Leading Lights Company of the Year (Public) – For the 2nd Consecutive Year!

June 11, 2015

Mark Showalter, Senior Director, Marketing Communications
Mark Showalter, Senior Director, Marketing Communications

By Mark Showalter

What an exciting week in Chicago at the Light Reading Big Telecom Event! The festivities began Monday evening at the Chicago Field Museum, where Light Reading hosted their Leading Lights Awards ceremony for 2015. Now in the eleventh year, the Leading Lights awards highlight the cream of the telecom crop – bestowing awards in categories such as SDN, NFV, IoT and recognizing companies demonstrating innovation at its best in the telecom industry.

This year Infinera enjoyed the honor of being named finalist in three award categories – Company of the Year (Public), Best New Product (Telecom) category for the Cloud Xpress and Most Innovative SDN Product Strategy (Vendor) category with the Infinera Open Transport Switch.


The Chicago Field Museum was a great setting for the event, providing Steve Saunders a great opportunity to crack jokes about dinosaurs in the industry while in the presence of Sue – the T-Rex on display at the museum.

We were thrilled to win the Leading Lights award for Company of the Year (Public) for the second consecutive year! As far as we can tell no other company has won this award twice, much less two years in a row! Prior winners include:

2015: Infinera

2014: Infinera

2013: Amdocs Inc.

2012: TW Telecom

2011: Qualcomm

2010: Finisar

The last two years at Infinera proved to be an exciting ride! A few of the achievements include:

  • Revenue grown at twice the rate of the optical market with 20+% revenue growth in each of the last two years.
  • Long-haul leadership in the 100G market with the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network featuring the DTN-X platform, now deployed in 62 customer networks across the globe.
  • The introduction of the Cloud Xpress – the first platform optimized for connecting data centers across the metro Cloud while reducing space and power footprint.
  • The introduction of the Infinera Open Transport Switch and the deployment of the first commercially available Transport-SDN service by Pacnet based on the Open Transport Switch. Telstra acquired Pacnet this year.
  • The introduction of new photonic integrated circuits for the metro – sliceable enhanced ePIC-500 and the applications-optimized oPIC-100.
  • Facebook’s deployment of the DTN-X for data center interconnection in Europe.

Thanks to everyone at Infinera for their hard work in making this possible! And a big shout out to Ray LeMaistre, Steve Saunders and the crew at Light Reading for recognizing Infinera’s achievements and honoring us with this award for the second year in a row. I look forward to BTE 2016 in Austin. Until then, back to work on earning our shot at the award next year!

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