The emergence of 5G and virtualization in all areas of the communications landscape has, in many cases, sped up the disruption of the traditional telecom equipment market. Incumbent equipment vendors are now scrapping with a bunch of software-powered startups that provide some combination of web-scale agility and telco-grade resiliency to networking, routing, 5G radio access networks and a whole host of other problems. In addition to new software stars, this selection of private companies also includes an all-star distribution and integration firm, as well as a service provider that is quickly building out the New York metro area’s 5G foundation.
In all, we shortlisted six companies for their overall performance and influence in the last year, with the award going to the privately held firm we think stands out from its competitors, innovates constantly, makes investors proud and makes employees happy. The companies in the running this year are:
- Altiostar Networks
- Cohere Technologies
- World Wide Technology
- ZenFi Networks