Colt Wins MEF Ethernet Excellence for 10th year

London, 19 November 2014 – Colt Technology Services, the leading information delivery platform, has been recognised as an industry leader in Ethernet services by winning six categories in the prestigious Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) Ethernet Excellence Awards 2014. This is the tenth consecutive year that Colt has received recognition at the awards ceremony which is a significant achievement in this highly competitive marketplace.

Colt has won awards in the following six categories:

Best Application of the Year – two awards for the “Finance” and “Information Technology” categories
Best Application of the Year recognises the most innovative application or highest profile application that benefits from the use of Carrier Ethernet services with preference given to implementations of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services.

Retail Service Provider of the Year – EMEA
Regional Retail Service Provider of the Year awards were given to those providers who best implement CE 2.0 retail services and other retail services in the region.

Wholesale Service Provider of the Year – EMEA
This award recognises the provider who best takes advantage of the CE 2.0 access and interconnect work to create Carrier Ethernet networks for their customers within EMEA.

Best Technology of the Year – Best vendor integration
This was awarded to the system, software or service that best implements systems that integrate multiple vendor solution into a complete Provider or end-user solution.

Best Service of the Year – EMEA
This award recognises the best Carrier Ethernet compliant service offered within EMEA.

“Colt Technology Services can be proud of their accomplishments in such a dynamic and competitive Ethernet services market,” said Kevin Vachon, MEF COO. “The EMEA region now boasts more than 200 providers of Ethernet business and wholesale services, including a growing number who are now implementing CE 2.0 services and technologies.”

A number of enhancements to Colt’s Ethernet services led to MEF success in 2014. The company launched its new SDN enabled Modular-MSP platform across Europe delivering scalability (service bandwidths from 2Mbps to 10Gbps) and greater automation in service configuration, delivery and assurance. Industry leading service delivery lead-times of 15 days for on-net sites and a 24 hour rapid bandwidth upgrade were also introduced during the year.

Colt has also continued to expand its Ethernet footprint by establishing fibre connectivity to a range of new Key Business Sites, Data Centres and business premises across its pan European network infrastructure. Additionally, the geographic reach of its services was extended through the establishment of 19 new partner E-NNIs and the upgrade of a number of existing E-NNIs to 10Gbps.

Matthias Hain, Director of Bandwidth and Ethernet Services at Colt Technology commented: “We are honoured to be recognised by the MEF for our excellence and leadership in developing and delivering Ethernet services. We are very proud of our portfolio of innovative Ethernet services and will continue to work hard to improve how we can support our customers.”

About Colt
Colt is the information delivery platform, enabling its customers to deliver, share, process and store their vital business information. An established leader in delivering integrated network, data centre, voice and IT services to major organisations, midsized businesses and wholesale customers worldwide. Colt operates in 22 European countries with a 47,000km European network and transatlantic network capacity. Colt has metropolitan area networks in 42 major European cities with direct fibre connections into over 20,000 buildings and 20 carrier neutral Colt data centres.

In addition to its direct sales capability, Colt has four indirect channels to market: Agent, Franchise, Distributor and Wholesale which includes Carriers, Service Providers, VARs and Voice Resellers.

Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT).

About the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)

The MEF is the defining body and driving force behind the global market for Carrier Ethernet. MEF’s flagship work is CE 2.0, including specifications, operational frameworks, certification programs for services, equipment and professionals (MEF-CECP 2.0). An industry alliance consisting of more than 225 member organizations, the MEF operates through a powerful collaborative framework of service providers, network solutions suppliers to achieve its CE 2.0 development and globalization objectives.

Building on thirteen years of success and widespread adoption of CE 2.0, MEF is now focused on defining Lifecycle Service Orchestration with APIs for existing network, NFV and SDN implementations enabling Agile, Assured and Orchestrated Network as a Service.

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