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MEF 2013 Carrier Ethernet Awards Open for Entries

Judging panel keen to reward recent service innovations

August 28, 2013 Los Angeles, CA: The MEF announced that entries for this year’s Carrier Ethernet Awards opened on Wednesday, August 28 and close on October 1st. Recognized as an annual celebration of excellence and leadership in the development, marketing and delivery of Carrier Ethernet Services, the MEF 2013 Carrier Ethernet Awards, presented in North America, CALA, EMEA, APAC and globally, will be awarded for the following categories:

* Best Carrier Ethernet Business Application in a Specific Vertical Market
* Best Wholesale Ethernet Service
* Best Marketing - Regional Service Provider of the Year
* Global Service Provider of the Year

The judging panel for each region will be made up of five global and regional analysts and leading industry experts. The finalists will be notified on October 23rd at the MEF quarterly meeting in Seattle. The winners will be formally announced on November 20, 2013.

“The MEF Carrier Ethernet Awards go from strength to strength,” stated Kevin Vachon, MEF Chief Operating Officer. “This year we are streamlining the categories to reflect the expansion of the Carrier Ethernet market where the enterprise focus is on applications and the providers will benefit from wholesale services and good marketing drives the whole Carrier Ethernet industry.”

For each region, as well as the Global Awards, there are now three categories with scoring heavily biased towards innovations introduced over the past 12 months. The “Best Carrier Ethernet Business Application – in a Specific Vertical” Award is looking for innovation and creativity combined with measurable business benefits. The “Best Wholesale Ethernet Service” Award rewards the service provider with the most robust wholesale service offering extending the reach of Ethernet services including Mobile Backhaul and Ethernet Business Services. The “Best Marketing” Award recognizes creativity, coverage, and proven effectiveness in educating the market and promoting Carrier Ethernet.

The “Regional Service Provider of the Year” Award provided in each region will be awarded on the basis of the cumulative score from the above three categories plus additional qualifications relating to the company’s specific regional capabilities. Finally, the overall “Global Service Provider of the Year” Award will recognize the service provider with the most comprehensive Ethernet product portfolio and service coverage.

Award entry forms and submission deadlines along with further information are now available at http://www.metroethernetforum.org/news-events/carrier-ethernet-awards-submission-system

About The MEF:
The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 220 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations. 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.

For more information about the Forum, including a complete listing of all current MEF members, please visit the MEF web site at http://www.MetroEthernetForum.org