MEF18 Launches with 35 Service Provider and Vendor Sponsors

AT&T, Comcast Business, PCCW Global, Spectrum Enterprise, and Verizon Return as Platinum Sponsors

Los Angeles, 7 March 2018 – MEF is pleased to announce the first group of sponsors for the MEF18 global networking event ( to be held 29 October – 2 November 2018 at the JW Marriott LA LIVE Hotel in Los Angeles, California. With a target audience surpassing 1,000 attendees from 275+ companies and 35+ countries, MEF18 is the premier networking event for senior-level professionals who are reshaping the communications landscape.

“We are thrilled by the excellent support that MEF18 has received from industry innovators who are committed to accelerating the transition to agile, assured, and orchestrated services that empower users with the dynamic performance required to thrive in the digital economy,” said Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF. “MEF18 will assemble all of the key players enabling development and delivery of on-demand, cloud-centric services across a global ecosystem of automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV.”

MEF18’s initial sponsor list of 35 companies includes leading global, national, and regional service providers, technology solutions providers, software services and network consulting firms, and testing companies. One-third of MEF18’s current sponsors are service providers.

Platinum Sponsors: AT&TComcast Business PCCW Global, and Spectrum Enterprise , and Verizon.

Gold Sponsors: CienaFujitsuInfoVista, and RAD.

Silver Sponsors: CenturyLink SES Networks , Sparkle, Accedian, Coriant, ECI, Intraway, Iometrix, and NEC/Netcracker.

Bronze Sponsors: Tata Communications Amartus, Canoga Perkins, CDG, Centec Networks, Datavision, DGIT Systems, Neustar, Omnitron Systems, SDN EssentialsTelco Systems and Viavi Solutions .

Activity Sponsors: Eurofiber and Fibrenoire .

LSO Hackathon Sponsor: Local Backhaul Networks .

Global Media Hub Sponsor: Witz Communications .

MEF18 also will be supported by dozens of industry research firms, media companies, open source projects, standards organizations, enterprises, and other event partners. Initial participating analyst firms include:ACG Research, ATLANTIC-ACM, Frost & Sullivan, GlobalData, Heavy Reading, IHS Markit, OvumTeleGeography, and Vertical Systems Group .

See the MEF18 Preview Video to learn why this is the must-attend networking event of the year.

About MEF18

MEF18 focuses on enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated communications services for the digital economy. MEF is on pace to be bigger and better than last year’s popular MEF17 event, with a target audience of 1,000+ attendees from 275+ companies and 35+ countries; 250+ service and technology executives; 120 expert speakers, 115+ sponsors and partners; and more.

MEF18’s content, networking, and special activities are designed to appeal to executives and other senior experts from communication and cloud service providers; enterprises; government organizations; network technology suppliers; systems integrators, open source projects, standards organizations; industry and financial analysts; investors; the press; and others.

MEF18’s program will build upon popular elements of last year’s event while introducing several new activities. Elements include: world-class plenaries and sessions with service, technology, and enterprise expert speakers; MEF Workshops; Proof of Concept demonstrations; MEF 3.0 implementation demonstrations; a vibrant Networking Hall; MEF Awards Dinner; Global Media Hub; LSO Hackathon; and on-site MEF professional certification exam preparation courses.

The 4Q18 MEF Members Meeting and IMTC SuperOp! will be collocated with MEF18.

For more sponsorship information, please visit the MEF18 Sponsor Price List and Sponsorships and Benefits pages or email Alysia Bennett at

About MEF

An industry association of 200+ member companies, MEF recently introduced the MEF 3.0 transformational global services framework for defining, delivering, and certifying agile, assured, and orchestrated services over a global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 services are designed to provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. MEF 3.0 services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. MEF produces service specifications, LSO frameworks, open LSO APIs, software-driven reference implementations, and certification programs. MEF 3.0 work will enable automated delivery of standardized Layer 1, Carrier Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 4-7 services across multiple provider networks. For more information:

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