Light Reading

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Light Reading
Type of site
Trade website
Owner Informa
Created by Stephen Saunders
Editor Ray Le Maistre
Commercial Yes

Light Reading Inc. is a telecommunications industry information company based in New York City. Its activities include publishing, data analysis, market research, and events management.[1]


The company was founded in 2000 by Stephen Saunders and was bought by UBM for $33 million in 2005, becoming part of the UBM subsidiary CMP Media.[2] Saunders remained as CEO and launched Internet Evolution later in 2005.

Light Reading's market research arm, Heavy Reading, bought Pyramid Research in August 2008.[3] In August 2013, it migrated to UBM's DeusM community platform.[4]

Light Reading also had its India publication, Light Reading India. The site had been covering the Indian telecom ecosystem since 2011 till January 2015. It was shut down when UBI India stopped its operations.[5]

In August 2013, Light Reading migrated to UBM's DeusM community platform.[6] In February 2014, Stephen Saunders reacquired Light Reading from UBM, with UBM retaining a "significant minority stake" in the company.[7] Future plans for the company were said to include "bulking up the staff and changing up its media pricing"[8]—according to Saunders, "with much of the overhead that a larger corporate structure imposes now gone, he will apply that savings to expanding staff and infrastructure as well as adjusting customer pricing downward."[9]

In 2016, Light Reading was acquired by Informa.[10]

Big Telecom Event

In June, 2014, Light Reading launched an annual summit for the telecommunications industry, the Big Telecom Event (BTE). The event was held in Chicago, and gathered "important figures in the industry together to discuss progress, problems, and what’s on the horizon as technology continues to develop at a rapid pace."[11] Unusually, for an industry convention, the event included no exhibitors and no show floor; rather, "BTE provided an 'Innovation Zone' where more than 60 companies gave hands-on demos in turnkey booths.".[12]


Among awards won by Light Reading are:


E. Bryan Carne wrote that he would "heartily recommend" Light Reading's daily newsletter for "those who wish to keep abreast" of the telecommunications industry and that it had helped him when writing his book.[15]


  1. "UBM returns to MR with Light Reading acquisition". Research. 18 August 2005. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  2. "UBM Buys Light Reading". Daily Research News Online. MrWeb. 19 August 2005. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  3. Reiter, Naomi (27 August 2008). "Light Reading Buys Data Analysis Company". MinOnline. Access Intelligence. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  4. Charlotte Woodward, "UBM Tech advances DeusM strategy," BtoB Online Media Business, September 10, 2013
  5. "UBM India shuts down its tech media publications: Light Reading, Information Week and others". MediaNama. Retrieved 2015-12-09.
  6. Charlotte Woodward, "UBM Tech advances DeusM strategy," BtoB Online Media Business, September 10, 2013
  7. "Stephen Saunders - Founder, Light Reading". Folio Mag. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  8. "Light Reading Co-Founder Stephen Saunders Gets Company Back from UBM". Xconomy. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  9. "Stephen Saunders - Founder, Light Reading". Folio Mag. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  10. "Light Reading Beyond". Light Reading. Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  11. "Focus on Big Data at Big Telecom Event in Chicago" GoGrid June 27, 2014.
  12. Michael Rondon, "Why One Event Is Doing Away With Exhibitors" Folio July 25, 2014; see also Traci Browne, "No Exhibit Hall at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event" TSNN April 2014
  13. "Light Reading Wins Gold in the Ava Digital Awards" PR Newswire February 20, 2014
  14. "Light Reading Wins 3 APEX Awards of Excellence " PR Newswire June 25, 2014
  15. Carne, E. Bryan (2011). "Preface". Connections for the Digital Age: Multimedia Communications for Mobile, Nomadic and Fixed Devices. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 1118104536.
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