Check out our 2010 competitive telecom leaders

Sean Buckley, FierceTelecomI'd like to call your attention 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.

Even in just the past six months, the competitive telecom service provider industry has continued to transform. One of the obvious evolutions is a new wave consolidation amongst the players.

Amidst 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.

Notable M&A activity in the U.S. competitive telecom space has been struck by the likes of everyone from traditional CLECs, ISPs, wholesalers, voice tandem players and even one ILEC.

Despite their obvious differences and even similarities, 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. 

I encourage you to take a look at this new feature and let us know what you think by placing an entry in the comments section.--Sean