OREANDA-NEWS. ADVA Optical Networking announced today that it has won Light Reading's Leading Lights Company of the Year (Public) award. The company was chosen from a shortlist of major industry players, including AT&T, Cisco and Infinera. The award firmly underlines ADVA Optical Networking's incredible performance in 2015. Not only did the company drive phenomenal growth in revenue and profitability, but it also delivered a number of key technologies across multiple market segments. These included the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect(TM) platform in the data center interconnect (DCI) space, the ADVA ConnectGuard(TM) for network security and its 100G metro solution. ADVA Optical Networking's network functions virtualization (NFV) strategy, including its Overture acquisition, also played a significant role in its award victory.

"2015 stands as a major milestone in our company's history. What our team achieved was nothing short of phenomenal and I'm proud of each and every one of them," said Brian Protiva, CEO, ADVA Optical Networking. "Every member of our team worked together to exceed the expectations of our customers, our shareholders and ourselves. Light Reading's recognition of this effort is a moment that I want our team to savor. This award belongs to no one individual; it belongs to us all. What's exciting, though, is that we're already focused on what comes next. DCI, NFV, network security - our team is working hard to ensure that our technology in these areas continues to help our customers succeed. This is what truly motivates us. We work closely with our customers to ensure they're always able to take the next big step."

Light Reading is widely recognized as one of the industry's most authoritative and insightful editorial organizations. For over 16 years, it has been a part of the networking industry, investigating key stories and highlighting technology trends. Now in its 11th year, Light Reading's annual Leading Lights Awards recognizes major company achievement and technology innovation. ADVA Optical Networking's success as Company of the Year (Public) is a result of a strong financial performance in 2015. During this period, revenues rose by 30 percent and profits increased by 217 percent. The company also made a number of strategic acquisitions, including Overture. This purchase has helped to propel ADVA Optical Networking's NFV strategy forward. Now seen as an NFV powerhouse, ADVA Optical Networking is one of the few companies in the industry that can claim its NFV technology has been deployed.

"Light Reading has developed one of the most insightful and knowledgeable staff of writers and editors in the industry. Their articles not only reflect the state of today's network, but also highlight where it's going," commented Stephan Rettenberger, VP, marketing and investor relations, ADVA Optical Networking. "That's what makes this award so special. Light Reading has its finger on the pulse of our industry. They understand what's important and what people need to know. For them to recognize us as Company of the Year (Public) has real meaning for every member of our team. All across the globe, we will be celebrating. 2015 was such a special year for us. What we achieved was spectacular. We pushed harder than ever before. Our eyes were fixed firmly on our goals and we let nothing distract us. Being a part of this team is something truly special."

About ADVA Optical Networking
At ADVA Optical Networking we're creating new opportunities for tomorrow's networks, a new vision for a connected world. Our intelligent telecommunications hardware, software and services have been deployed by several hundred service providers and thousands of enterprises. Over the past twenty years, our innovative connectivity solutions have helped to drive our customers' networks forward, helped to drive their businesses to new levels of success. We forge close working relationships with all our customers. As your trusted partner we ensure that we're always ready to exceed your networking expectations.