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Leading Lights Winners Revealed

NEW YORK -- Light Reading (www.lightreading.com), the world's leading online publication for the telecom industry, today announced the winners of its Leading Lights Awards 2007, recognizing companies and their executives for their outstanding achievements in the telecom industry.

Light Reading received hundreds of awards nominations for the third annual Leading Lights Awards. The winners survived weeks of scrutiny and debate by a staff of more than 15 editors and analysts from Light Reading and its research division, Heavy Reading.

    The winners are listed below by category:

    Readers' Choice - Person of the Year: This award was voted on by Light
    Reading's readers, who were asked to choose (from a short list of 13) the
    individual who has contributed most to the business of next-generation
    communications in the past year. More than 36,000 votes were cast.
    The Winner: Jagdeep Singh, CEO, Infinera Corp.

    Best New Service (Public Company): This award went to the public service
    provider or carrier that has most successfully deployed a market-leading,
    revenue-generating service based on next-generation telecommunications
    technology.
    The Winner: Verizon's Virtual Private LAN Service

    Best New Service (Private Company): This award went to the private service
    provider or carrier that has most successfully deployed a market-leading,
    revenue-generating service based on next-generation telecommunications
    technology.
    The Winner: BitGravity Inc.'s BitGravity Smart CDN

    Best New Product (Public Company): This award went to the public company
    that has developed a market-leading product that, through engineering and
    technical excellence, best enables the deployment of profitable next-
    generation telecommunications services.
    The Winner: Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. for its Flashwave
    9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform

    Best New Product (Private Company): This award went to the private company
    that has developed a market-leading product that, through engineering and
    technical excellence, best enables the deployment of profitable next-
    generation telecommunications services.
    The Winner: ip.access Ltd. for its Oyster 3G

    Best M&A Strategy (Public Company): This award went to the public company
    that has consistently demonstrated good timing, judgment, and execution in
    high-profile acquisitions.
    The Winner: Ericsson AB

    Top IPO or M&A Candidate (Private Company): This award went to the private
    company that most clearly has the management, products, and financial
    stability to launch a successful IPO or become an attractive acquisition
    within the next 12 months.
    The Winner: RGB Networks Inc.

    Best Investment Potential (Public Company): This award went to the public
    company that represents the best long-term potential return on investment
    by virtue of solid management, product development, and market growth
    potential.
    The Winner: Arris Group Inc.

    Best Marketing (Public Company): This award went to the public company
    that has best communicated a specific technology vision and/or business
    proposition to customers and investors, especially in cases where the
    company has defined and led the market.
    The Winner: Nortel Networks Ltd.

    Best Marketing (Private Company): This award went to the private company
    that has best communicated a specific technology vision and/or business
    proposition to customers and investors, especially in cases where the
    company has defined and led the market.
    The Winner: Brix Networks Inc.

    Contact:
    Scott Raynovich
    Editor in Chief, Light Reading
    [email protected]
    (212) 925-0020 x103

About Light Reading

Founded in 2000, Light Reading (www.lightreading.com) is the ultimate source for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. It reaches an extensive audience of executives and technologists within the telecom and enterprise networking communities, as well as the financial/industry analysts and investors who track these sectors. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005, and operates as a unit of CMP Technology.

About CMP

CMP (www.cmp.com) is a media and marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. With the leading online, event, and print brands in all technology market categories, and with services and tools that reach beyond traditional advertising, CMP shapes and influences the technology industry worldwide. CMP publishes highly respected media brands such as TechWeb, InformationWeek, ChannelWeb, CRN, EE Times, and TechOnline; produces major industry events such as Interop, Web 2.0 Expo, XChange, Game Developer Conference, and the Embedded Systems Conferences; and provides business information and marketing services such as the International Customer Management Institute, Semiconductor Insights, and Second Life consulting for technology marketers. CMP is a subsidiary of United Business Media (www.unitedbusinessmedia.com), a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion. For more CMP news, go to cmp.com/news.