Colt wins MEF Awards for the seventh consecutive year


Colt, Europe’s leading information delivery platform, was today awarded the Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) top honour, the ‘Service Provider of the Year – EMEA’, presented at Carrier Ethernet World Congress. Colt also received the ‘Best Business Ethernet Service’ award. This confirms Colt’s leadership in Ethernet services and the strength of its pioneering Ethernet services portfolio. This is the seventh consecutive year that Colt has collected an MEF award, an unprecedented achievement at these prestigious industry awards.

Colt beat service providers from around Europe to win these awards for its broad Ethernet services portfolio which provide scalable and flexible solutions to support ever-increasing bandwidth and flexibility demand from European business. These awards follow a number of new developments in Colt’s Ethernet capabilities, its automated supporting tools and expanded geographical reach.

Colt’s business Ethernet services now include further holistic hybrid networking solutions capabilities, through its managed networking solution and the deployment of the seamless combination of Colt’s E-PN (Ethernet Private Network) and IP VPN services. Simultaneously, Colt has improved the automation behind provisioning and delivery of Ethernet Services with, for example, further developments in its access pricing and ordering tools within Colt’s wholesale customer self-service online portal. These tools quickly show the availability of services to required locations, along with pricing and SLA information. This provides Colt’s customers with faster presales, decision making and order handling processes.

Colt has also extended the reach and availability of its Ethernet Services by recently joining the Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange. This gives customers more access to its Ethernet services across Europe as this complements the company’s multiple E-NNI interconnections with selected partners. Colt has also extended the reach of its integrated network and compute services within city areas by deploying Ethernet First Mile across 12 countries, offering small and medium businesses and branch offices of enterprises with a smart complement to fibre or traditional DSL with up to 40Mbps bandwidth on copper pair.

Colt’s Chief Technology Officer, Luke Broome commented: “We are very proud to be recognised again for delivering innovative Ethernet services across Europe. A strong Ethernet capability is central to developing our information delivery platform for European businesses and helps us to build and develop our integrated network and compute solutions.”

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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 global and regional industry analysts.

About the categories

Best Business Ethernet Service
This category awarded the Service Provider who has provided the most unique and innovative Business Ethernet Service to the enterprise segment within the EMEA region.

Service Provider of the Year
The Service Provider of the Year award for EMEA awarded to the provider with the highest cumulative score for all the above categories along with an additional score for service coverage

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 21-country, 35,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 39 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 18,000 buildings and 19 Colt data centres.

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 www.colt.net.

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