Colt recognised for service innovation and SDN


London, UK: November 10 2016: Colt has been recognised with six awards at the prestigious Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) 2016 Ethernet Excellence Awards in Baltimore. This is the twelfth consecutive year that Colt has been recognised at the MEF awards ceremony.

On the same night Colt was also awarded a trophy at The Global Carrier Awards 2016 in Paris. Last year Colt took home a total of three Global Carrier Awards, and won the Best Asian project award for its DCNet project, which leverages Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) to better serve Asia’s rapidly growing data centre market.

Colt has won seven awards in the following categories:

MEF Awards:
• Wholesale service provider of the year – EMEA
• Service innovation of the year – EMEA
• Retail service provider of the year – EMEA
• Enterprise application of the year – Manufacturing
• Enterprise application of the year – Financial
• Best Marketing of the year – Worldwide

The Global Carrier Awards:
• Best SDN/NFV deployment

The MEF Excellence Awards program is the largest, longest-running in the world, focused on advanced Carrier Ethernet services and is the first in the industry to spotlight leadership in emerging dynamic Third Network services powered by CE 2.0 + LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), NFV, and SDN technologies.

The Global Carrier Awards, a Capacity Europe event, celebrate innovation, excellence and vision, and set the benchmark for performance throughout the global wholesale telecoms marketplace.

Joachim Sinzig, Portfolio Director at Colt commented: “We are honoured to be recognised for our excellence and leadership in developing and delivering Ethernet services. We are very proud of our portfolio of innovative high bandwidth Ethernet services and will continue to work hard to improve how we support our customers.”
Colt embarked on a strategic initiative to develop advanced, elastic network services based on SDN and NFV capabilities. This will allow a suite of on-demand Ethernet services consistent with the MEF’s Third Network vision. Colt’s SDN network is transforming the user experience by improving self-service capabilities for real-time ordering, provisioning and service flexing.

Colt also recently committed to a major system-wide network upgrade that will give its enterprise, carrier and web-centric customers access to bandwidth levels of up to 100Gbps and enable businesses of all sizes to future proof their connectivity.

About Colt
Colt provides high bandwidth services for enterprises and wholesale in Europe and Asia’s largest business hubs. 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 customers benefit from our unique, purpose-built, intelligent network which is fully-integrated with the Cloud. This means connectivity to almost 500 data centres around the globe, with over 24,000 on-net buildings and growing. We employ the best talent globally, so wherever in the world our customers are, they benefit from local expertise. And because we are owned by Fidelity – Colt is one of the most financially sound competitors in our industry. All of this means Colt provides the best customer experience at a competitive price.

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Email: Steve.Hughes@colt.net

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