Colt selected as EMEA ‘Service Provider of the Year’ and ‘Best Business Ethernet Service’ at Metro Ethernet Forum Awards


Colt, a leading provider of business communications and IT managed services, was awarded the Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) top honour, the EMEA ‘Service Provider of the Year’ award, presented at Carrier Ethernet World Congress. This accolade, combined with the MEF award for ‘Best Business Ethernet Service’, cements Colt’s leadership in Ethernet services and confirms the strength of its pioneering Ethernet services portfolio. This is the sixth consecutive year that Colt has collected an MEF award.

Colt beat 13 other operators from around Europe to win these awards for its broad Ethernet services portfolio which provide scalable and flexible solutions to support organisation’s developing business needs. These awards come one week after Colt announced it has successfully completed its first European field trial of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) over a live network. Both awards, and the recent trial success, mark further milestones in Colt’s 18 year evolution supporting ever-increasing bandwidth and flexibility demand across Europe.

Colt’s Chief Technology Officer, Luke Broome commented: “We are very proud to win these awards and to be recognised for delivering innovative Ethernet services across Europe. A strong Ethernet capability is central to our mission to be the information delivery platform for European businesses. It is the foundation upon which we build integrated IT and network solutions for our customers.”

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About the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)
The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 150 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 seasoned industry analysts.

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.

To learn more about Colt Ethernet Services please visit https://www.colt.net/ethernet

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About Colt
Colt is Europe’s leading information delivery platform, enabling its customers to share, process and store their vital business information. Colt is an established leader in delivering integrated networking and IT managed services to major organisations, midsized businesses and wholesale customers. Colt operates a 13-country, 25,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 34 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 16,000 buildings and 19 Colt data centres.

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

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