MEF the self-styled “driving force enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services”, has just announced the winners for the MEF 2016 Excellence Awards, which recognize service, application, technology, and professional excellence and innovation in the global Third Network community.
The MEF – formerly known as the Metro Ethernet Forum – has been restyling its identity and focus as an organisation supporting technologies and standards that enable “end-to-end service orchestration across carrier networks worldwide”, according to its CTO Pascal Menezes, who addressed a keynote meeting at the group’s Baltimore, MD, USA conference, last week.
The Awards program is the largest in the world focused on advanced Carrier Ethernet services and emerging Third Network services powered by CE 2.0, LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), NFV, and SDN networking technologies. The 2016 Awards were presented at the MEF Excellence Awards Dinner as part of the MEF16 global networking conference taking place at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel, Baltimore.
“MEF congratulates the 2016 Award winners for the outstanding work they are doing to advance service and technology innovation,” said Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer, MEF. “Judging was highly competitive this year, with 36 companies – including 19 service providers and 17 technology vendors – competing as Finalists for this year’s awards.”
The 2016 Excellence Awards winners are listed below. Service Provider and Enterprise Application Award Winners were, by category: Service Provider of the Year – AT&T; Innovative Service of the Year – AT&T; Best Service Provider Marketing – Colt Technology Services; LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) Service Provider Leadership – Level 3 Communications, AT&T, and Sparkle.
Best Network Innovation – AT&T; Wholesale Service Provider of the Year Asia Pacific (APAC) – Tata Communications; Caribbean & Latin America (CALA) – C&W Networks; Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) – Colt Technology Services; North America – Level 3 Communications; Global – Verizon Partner Solutions and PCCW Global (tied).
Retail Service Provider of the Year winners were: APAC – PLDT; EMEA – Colt Technology Services; North America – Level 3 Communications; Global – Level 3 Communications.
Winners in the category of Best Service Innovation of the Year were: APAC – PLDT; CALA – C&W Networks; EMEA – Colt Technology Services; North America – Global Capacity & AT&T (tie); Global – AT&T.
The multilayered category of Best Enterprise Application of the Year was won by: Education – Vertical Telecoms Pty Limited (Vertel); Financial – Colt Technology Services; Government – Comcast Business; Health – AT&T; Manufacturing – Colt Technology Services; Media – Tata Communications; Retail – Level 3 Communications; Sports and Entertainment – Comcast Business.
Third Network Technology Award Winners included: Vendor of the Year – Amdocs; CE 2.0 Technology of the Year – Accedian Networks; LSO Technology of the Year – Amdocs and CENX (tie); NFV Technology of the Year – ADVA Optical Networking; SDN Technology of the Year – VeloCloud; Multi-Vendor Innovation of the Year – Oracle Communications, InfoVista, Juniper Networks, and ADVA Optical Networking; Thought Leadership – ECI; LSO, NFV, and SDN Consulting – Fujitsu Network Communications.
Professional Award Winners: Industry Executive of the Year – John Donovan, AT&T; MEF Distinguished Fellow – Steve Haddock; and MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) of the Year – Dan Blemings, Director of Ethernet Product Management, AT&T.