ZenFiOn Monday, May 23, the telecommunications community will gather at the Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas, for the 12th annual Leading Lights awards program, one of the industry’s top recognition ceremonies. It will be a night to honor companies and executives across 30 categories for their work in next-generation communications applications, services and technologies.

New York City’s leading dark fiber provider, ZenFi, was shortlisted to receive the Most Innovative IoT/M2M Strategy Award for service providers. This award is presented to the communications service provider — in the cable, fixed, mobile or IoT/M2M specialist sector —that has released the most innovative Internet of Things (IoT) or machine-to-machine (M2M) strategy during the past year.

ZenFi was nominated largely for its ZenFi Access Network, a purpose-built network designed to enable massive Fiber-to-the-Antennae (FTTA) deployment. The ZenFi Access Network supports widely distributed wireless colocation and equipment interconnection. It’s comprised of a series of smaller, neighborhood networks that are colocated at ZenFi points of presence (PoPs) and interconnected to a core backhaul fiber network. This network helps create faster and more efficient fiber paths.

The company was also nominated for its ZenFi Neighborhood Network Strategy, which brings end-users closer to small cells, in-building and outdoor Distributed Antennae System (DAS) remotes, macro sites, Remote Radio Heads (RRHs) and Wi-Fi access points. ZenFi’s strategy enables high-bandwidth connectivity to mobile communication antennas, as well as a greater number of on and off ramps to key customer locations. When used in conjunction with ZenFi’s Express Network, which links New York’s largest enterprise locations, carrier hotels and neutral data centers, the strategy is capable of delivering the necessary bandwidth to support IoT enablement.

Winners will be announced live at the Leading Lights awards dinner. For more information about ZenFi, click here.