Colt achieves CE 2.0 certification


Colt achieves MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for international network services

London, 21 July 2015 Colt today announced that it has achieved MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification for its point-to-point (E-Line), any-to-any (E-LAN) and hub and spoke (E-Access) services. Colt’s global network includes services provided by KVH, a Colt Group Company headquartered in Japan with operations across the Asia Pacific region.

“This certification shows that the design, quality and performance of our Carrier Ethernet services are consistent globally, and conform to the highest and most up-do-date industry standards. Colt is now even better positioned to help enterprise and carrier customers around the world grow their business and expand into new markets. We will continue to invest in our extensive network and improve our services, so we can better serve our customers,” said Zhongmin Guo, VP of strategy and business development, network services at Colt.

An enhancement to MEF CE 1.0, the first generation of service standards to which Colt already conformed, MEF CE 2.0 focuses heavily on interoperability and interconnection and all testing is performed by an independent third-party. The certification helps end users speed up the selection process of new services and reduce procurement risk. Its development was driven by the rapidly growing and evolving Carrier Ethernet market, in which multi-vendor networks and services are becoming the norm.

Colt’s Ethernet services are based on the company’s multi-award-winning Modular MSP platform (M-MSP)  – a Carrier Ethernet Multi-Service Platform. This fully modular, open and vendor agnostic platform is designed to address the complex connectivity requirements of carriers and large enterprises that need to link their data centres and headquarters with hundreds or thousands of sites across the world. M-MSP has software defined networking (SDN) and automation at its core, bringing carriers and enterprises agility and flexibility to scale capacity easily as their bandwidth requirements change.

Nan Chen, President of the MEF said, “The MEF congratulates Colt for the outstanding achievement of meeting the demanding performance requirements of CE 2.0 certification for multiple Ethernet services. CE 2.0 certification builds upon Colt’s success as an award-winning service provider and demonstrates the company’s commitment to excellence and innovation in developing and delivering Ethernet services.”

Last year Colt was recognised by the MEF as an industry leader in Ethernet services: it won six categories in the prestigious MEF Ethernet Excellence Awards. This was the tenth consecutive year that Colt received recognition at this awards ceremony.

The MEF, the global industry body for Carrier Ethernet, aims to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services by defining industry standards and setting a baseline that carriers, service providers and other enterprises can trust.

About Colt

Colt provides network, voice, and data centre services to thousands of businesses around the world, allowing them to focus on delivering their business goals instead of the underlying infrastructure. Customers include 18 of the top 25 bank and diversified financial groups and 19 out of the top 25 companies in both global media and telecoms industries (Forbes 2000 list, 2014). In addition, Colt works with over 50 exchange venues and 13 European central banks.

Colt operates across Europe, Asia and North America with connections into over 200 cities globally. It recently completed the acquisition of KVH, an integrated data centre and communications services business, with headquarters in Tokyo and operations in Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore.

Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT).

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About the MEF

The MEF is the driving force behind the $80+ billion global market for Carrier Ethernet services and technologies and the defining body for LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) standards that underpin emerging Third Network services with CE 2.0, SDN, and NFV. An industry alliance consisting of nearly 220 member organizations based in 43 countries, the MEF operates through a powerful collaborative framework of service providers, network solutions suppliers, and other stakeholders to achieve CE 2.0 and LSO development and globalization objectives.

MEF’s flagship work is CE 2.0, including specifications, operational frameworks, and certification programs for services, equipment, and professionals. Visit www.mef.net for more details on these programs.

Building on fourteen years of success with Carrier Ethernet, the MEF is now focused on development of LSO with APIs to enable paradigm-shifting agile, assured, and orchestrated services over more efficient, automated networks. The MEF’s vision for the transformation of network connectivity services and the networks used to deliver them is referred to as the “Third Network,” which combines the on-demand agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security assurances of CE 2.0. For information on the Third Network and LSO download the MEF’s Third Network Vision & Strategy White Paper and Third Network Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Vision White Paper.

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