2010's competitive telecom leaders

Welcome to our first annual competitive business telecom leaders feature. Given the changes in the U.S. competitive telecom market, we decided it was time to take a look at the emerging leaders in the competitive service provider space.

No doubt, the competitive telecom industry, even in just the past six months, has continued to transform. One of the obvious evolutions here is a new wave of consolidation.

Competitive business telecom leadersAmidst the tightening up of the Tier 2 ILEC market, competitive telecom players--a group that includes a host of savvy wholesale centric providers and business service providers--are making deals not only to scale but to strategically build out their respective service and network reach.

When you read the profiles of these service providers, you'll see that these carriers obviously come from varying backgrounds with their own unique strategies for service and growth.

Notable M&A activity in the U.S. competitive telecom space has been struck by the likes of everyone from traditional CLECs, including Lightyear, Lightower, PAETEC, Sidera Networks, and Megapath, ISPs such as Earthlink, wholesalers like FiberLight and Zayo, voice tandem players such as Neutral Tandem, and even one ILEC, Windstream.

Despite their obvious differences and even similarities, through M&A, one thing is for certain these competitive providers are scaling their networks to serve a diverse need of SMBs, multinational corporations (MNCs) and wholesale customers (a greater focus on wireless backhaul and dark fiber), Ethernet and VoIP services.
As always I am curious to hear your thoughts about this new feature and if you feel like there's someone we should consider, I encourage you to please use the comments section to tell us why.--Sean