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MEF Announces Finalists for 2017 Awards to be Unveiled at MEF17

40 Prestigious Awards Recognize Service, Application, Technology, and Professional Excellence

Orlando, FL, 24 October 2017 MEF, the driving force enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated services, today announced Finalists for the MEF 2017 Awards, which recognize service, application, technology, and professional excellence and innovation. MEF’s Awards program is the largest in the world focused on emerging dynamic network services powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), NFV, SDN, and Carrier Ethernet.

Award Winners will be revealed on Tuesday, 14 November at the MEF17 (www.MEF17.com) global networking event, to be held 13-16 November in Orlando, Florida at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Finalists and Winners will be celebrated during the MEF17 Awards Party, 7pm – 10pm on 14 November. Register here for MEF17 and the party.

“We are delighted to congratulate 35 companies for being chosen as 2017 Awards Finalists,” said Nan Chen, President of MEF. “We appreciate the diligent efforts of the many companies who made submissions this year. MEF looks forward to recognizing the standout leaders who are transforming the services and networking landscape with cutting-edge innovations.”

The judging panel for the MEF Awards was comprised of 13 global and regional senior analysts from ATLANTIC-ACM, Battle Green Research, Frost & Sullivan, Global Data, IHS Markit, Metanoia, Ovum, and Vertical Systems, in addition to independent judges. 

Service Provider Awards Finalists recognize leadership in the delivery of global, regional, retail, and wholesale Carrier Ethernet and dynamic services, as well as excellence in network and service innovation, SD-WAN managed services, LSO strategy, and marketing.

  • AT&T
  • C&W Networks
  • CenturyLink
  • Claro Brasil
  • Colt
  • Level 3 Communications
  • Liquid Telecom
  • Marcatel
  • Orange
  • PCCW Global
  • PLDT
  • SK Telecom
  • Sparkle
  • Spectrum Enterprise
  • Tata Communications
  • Telia Company
  • Ufinet
  • Verizon

Enterprise Application Awards Finalists recognize the most innovative use of services to meet application requirements of specific industry verticals, including finance, health, education, government, sports/entertainment, media, and other categories.

  • AT&T
  • CenturyLink
  • Colt
  • Comcast Business
  • GDS Services
  • Level 3 Communications
  • PLDT
  • Sparkle
  • Tata Communications
  • Verizon
  • Vertical Telecoms (Vertel)

Third Network Technology Solutions Awards recognize leadership in service orchestration, service assurance, service virtualization, service analytics, SD-WAN, CE 2.0, and multi-vendor technology solutions based on combinations of LSO, NFV, SDN, and CE 2.0 technologies.

  • Accedian
  • ADVA Optical Networking
  • Amdocs
  • CENX
  • Ciena
  • DAHO Networks
  • ECI
  • Lumina Networks
  • Nokia/Nuage
  • NoviFlow
  • Parasoft
  • Silver Peak
  • Versa Networks
  • VeloCloud

The Proof of Concept Award recognizes the MEF17 Proof of Concept Showcase demonstration that best showcases the ability to deliver agile, assured, and orchestrated services over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks. Twenty-five companies in 11 participant groups have been selected to participate in this year’s PoC Showcase. The PoC Winner will be announced during the MEF17 evening reception on Wednesday, 15 November. 

The Professional Awards recognize individuals who exhibited professional excellence and advanced the work of MEF and the development of Third Network solutions. The three Awards in these categories include Industry Executive of the Year, MEF Distinguished Fellow and the MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (MEF-CECP) of the Year. Professional Award Winners also will be announced at MEF17.

About MEF17
MEF17 brings together the key industry players who are enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated services optimized for the digital economy and hyper-connected world. The event is on pace to be bigger and better than last year's popular MEF16 event, with a target of 1,000+ attendees from 275+ companies, 275+ service & technology executives, 110+ expert speakers, 110+ sponsors & event partners, 11 Proof of Concept demonstrations, and more.

MEF’s global networking events have developed a reputation for uniquely empowering industry stakeholders with high-quality program content, extraordinary peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and live demonstrations of cutting-edge services and technologies.

MEF17’s program builds upon popular elements of last year’s event while introducing several new activities. Elements include: world-class Plenaries, Sessions, and MEF Workshops; the 4th Proof of Concept Showcase; a vibrant Networking Hall; the 5th LSO Hackathon; an enhanced Global Media Hub; and the new MEF Awards Party and Professional Certification Training & Exams.

For more sponsorship information, please visit the MEF17 Sponsorships and Benefits page or email alysia@mef.net.

For more event information, visit MEF17.com.

About MEF
An industry association of 210+ member companies, MEF is enabling service providers to create a global ecosystem of networks that deliver agile, assured, and orchestrated services for the digital economy and hyper-connected world. These services provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. They are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. MEF produces LSO frameworks, open LSO APIs, software-driven reference implementations, service specifications, and certification programs. MEF’s work will enable automated delivery of standardized wavelength, Carrier Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 4-7 services across multiple provider networks. For more information: https://mef.net/.

Media Contact:
Ashley Schulte

Witz Communications for MEF