Colt leadership in Ethernet Services confirmed at MEF EMEA Awards

London, 20th September 2012

Colt Technology Services has received four MEF awards presented at Carrier Ethernet World Congress in Barcelona in the categories: Best Carrier Ethernet Business Application – both Online Business and Professional Services Business verticals, Best Marketing and the overall Regional Service Provider of the Year. The awards were judged by a panel of top industry analysts and confirm Colt’s leadership in Ethernet services and the strength of its pioneering Ethernet services portfolio. This is the eighth consecutive year that Colt has collected MEF awards, an unprecedented achievement at these prestigious industry awards.

Colt beat service providers from around Europe to win these awards following a number of recent enhancements to Colt’s Ethernet capabilities. These include the launch of 10Gbps Ethernet E-NNI* which has been available across Colt’s European footprint since February 2012. This is an ideal wholesale access solution for carriers and other providers seeking an efficient, scalable means of reaching their customers or access backhaul with NNI interfaces.

Nan Chen, President, MEF, commented: “Colt demonstrated innovation, leading edge technology and customer benefits to achieve success in all three award categories, as well as in achieving the top EMEA services provider of the year award. The MEF is pleased to recognise the continued innovation of Service Providers like Colt in accelerating the adoption of Carrier Ethernet services. These awards are recognition of Colt’s achievements in the marketplace.”

Developments to Colt’s access pricing and ordering tools and the new graphical eXplore mapping tool have greatly improved the automation behind provisioning and delivery of its Ethernet Services. Colt now has a standard price list for Ethernet Services to off-net locations via partner coverage, including Eastern Europe. These tools quickly show the availability of services to required locations along with pricing and SLA information.

Henry Bohannon, Head of Ethernet &IP Services at Colt, commented: “It has been an exciting year in terms of our wholesale Ethernet capability and we are very proud to be recognised for this. Since the launch of the 10Gbps Ethernet E-NNI we have delivered many new interconnects with multiple E-Access services and the number of Wholesale Ethernet E-NNIs in service has increased considerably over the last year. It is great to see this market appetite for our Ethernet services across Europe and we look forward to further innovating the portfolio in line with our customer needs.”


*E-NNI: Ethernet Network to Network Interface

About the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)

The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 200 organisations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organisations. The MEF’s mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide. The independent judging panel for the EMEA MEF awards was made up of global and regional industry analysts.

About the categories of MEF Carrier Ethernet Awards, 2012

Best Carrier Ethernet Business Application – in a specific vertical market
This Award recognizes partnerships between Service Providers and their clients in the delivery of Carrier Ethernet services for application verticals.

Best Marketing
This category awards the Service Provider who has run the most successful marketing campaign to promote their Ethernet service portfolio in the period from September 2011 onward.

Regional Service Provider of the Year
The Regional Service Provider of the Year award were presented to the provider that is headquartered in and offering Ethernet services primarily within the EMEA region, and has the highest cumulative score for Business Application(s), Wholesale and Marketing categories.

About Colt Ethernet Services

Colt’s leading Ethernet Services portfolio includes any-to-any and tree services (Ethernet Private Network), enhanced resilience and low latency. Colt has built on its extensive and wholly owned fibre network in Europe by deploying “Ethernet in the First Mile” technology in 12 countries, making its high speed Ethernet services available to customers beyond its fibre footprint.

About Colt

Colt is the information delivery platform for Europe, enabling its customers to deliver, share, process and store their vital business information. An established leader in delivering integrated computing and network services to major organisations, midsized businesses and wholesale customers, Colt operates a 22-country, 43,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 39 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 18,000 buildings and 20 Colt data centres (one in development).

In 2010, the Colt Data Centre Services business was launched to deliver innovative high quality modular data centres which are rapid to deploy and power efficient.

Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT). Information about Colt and its services can be found at

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