Colt recognised for innovation, retail and wholesale strength with eight MEF awards

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Colt was recently recognised for its technology innovation and both retail and wholesale offerings, with a total of eight wins at the prestigious MEF 2017 Awards in Orlando, Florida.  This is the thirteenth consecutive year that Colt has been recognised at the MEF awards ceremony.

The awards programme of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) is the world’s largest and longest running programme focused specifically on high-performance Carrier Ethernet and emerging Third Network connectivity and cloud services powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), NFV (Network Functions Virtualisation), SDN (Software Defined Networking) and CE 2.0 networking technologies.

As a company that has invested heavily in a high bandwidth connectivity focus and in delivering the capability to meet the growing demand for bandwidth across all business sectors, we are honoured to be recognised for our continued leadership in developing advanced Ethernet and next generation services based on SDN and NFV. We are also very proud of our portfolio of on demand services and the advancements made to create a global ecosystem for automated real-time provisioning of connectivity.

It’s advancement like this that highlight just how much customer engagement is at the heart of our strategic transformation, and the recognition for how we deliver our services and not just what we deliver shows we are becoming more agile as a company in serving our customers.

Colt has invested heavily in the Colt IQ Network to deliver high bandwidth connectivity to the global market, with direct access to key buildings and data centre locations in Europe, Asia Pacific and the US. Colt IQ Network enables the delivery of a wide range of optical, Ethernet and IP services with bandwidth ranging from 1Gbps to up to 200Gbps.

The MEF awards are the latest accolades to show how Colt’s On Demand services are transforming the user experience by improving self-service capabilities and giving customers the option to choose per-hour pricing plans, or fixed term contract durations.

While Colt’s SD WAN proposition extends the IP VPN service with an entirely software based solution. This allows for seamless support of multiple access technologies (MPLS, Internet), dynamic path selection based on customer configuration and value added services activation, all controlled by the customer through a portal in real-time.

Colt has also been working with a number of other service providers and vendors in an open forum to define and standardise business level APIs which allow service providers to work with one another’s SDN architectures in near real-time and enables orchestrated on demand services over fully automated and interconnected networks. Colt shared the Proof of Concept Gold Award for its Service on Demand PoC for Global Virtual Inter-Carrier Fabric Orchestrated by LSO APIs with Open-Source Framework. AT&T, Orange Business Services, Colt, Amdocs, Ciena, and Fujitsu Network Communications are our partners.

Colt won MEF awards in the following categories:

  • Enterprise Application – Education
  • Enterprise Application – IT Services
  • Network & Service Innovation – Europe
  • Retail Service Provider of the Year – Europe
  • Wholesale Service Provider of the Year – Europe
  • Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Leadership – Worldwide
  • Marketing – Worldwide
  • Proof of Concept Gold Award



Peter Coppens

01 December 2017

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