MEF18 Surpasses 50 Service Provider and Technology Sponsors


Deutsche Telekom, Equinix, PLDT, Colt, Telefónica, Ufinet, Amdocs, Riverbed, Silver Peak, Spirent, Juniper, Nokia, albis-elcon, Criterion Networks, Ekinops, Inmanta NV, and YumaWorks among latest sponsors to join

Los Angeles, 19 June 2018 – MEF is pleased to announce broad and growing support for theMEF18 global networking event ( mef18event.com) to be held 29 October – 2 November 2018 at the JW Marriott LA LIVE Hotel in Los Angeles, California. More than 70 supporting companies and organizations are lined up so far, including 50+ service provider and technology-related sponsors and 20+ analyst, press, and other partners.

With a target audience of more than 1,000 attendees from 275+ companies and 35+ countries, MEF is the must-attend networking event for executives and other senior professionals shaping the communications landscape. See the MEF18 video for an event preview.

“MEF18 has received tremendous support from across the industry, especially from domestic and international service providers who represent one-third of all sponsors and nearly all Platinum sponsors,” said Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF. “At MEF18, we will bring together leading innovators who are committed to accelerating development and deployment of agile, assured, and orchestrated services that are aligned with the goals of the MEF 3.0 framework. These new, game-changing services empower users with the dynamic performance and security required to thrive in the digital economy.”

MEF18’s list of 50+ sponsors includes leading service providers, technology solutions providers, and software services, network consulting, testing, and training companies.

Platinum Sponsors: AT&TComcast BusinessDeutsche TelekomPCCW GlobalSpectrum EnterpriseVerizon, and Ciena.

Gold Sponsors: AmdocsFujitsuInfoVistaRADRiverbedSilver Peak, and Spirent.

Silver Sponsors: CenturyLinkEquinix, PLDT, SES NetworksSparkleAccedianCoriantECIIntrawayIometrixJuniperNEC/Netcracker, and Nokia.

Bronze Sponsors: Colt Technology ServicesTata CommunicationsTelefónicaalbis-elconAmartusCanoga PerkinsCDGCentec NetworksCriterion Networks DatavisionDGIT SystemsEkinopsInmanta NVNeustarOmnitron SystemsSDN EssentialsViavi Solutions and YumaWorks.

Activity Sponsors: EurofiberFibrenoire and Ufinet.

LSO Hackathon Sponsor: Local Backhaul Networks.

MEF18 is on track to be supported by dozens of industry research firms, media companies, open source projects, standards organizations, enterprises, and other event partners.

Media and Analyst Relations Partner: Witz Communications.

Participating Analyst Firms: ACG ResearchAnalysys MasonATLANTIC-ACM, Battle Green Research, Broadband Success PartnersFrost & SullivanFuturiomGlobalDataHeavy ReadingIHS MarkitMetanoiaOvumTeleGeography and Vertical Systems Group.

Media Partners : Light ReadingConverge! Network DigestTelecom Review, and others to be announced soon.


About MEF18
MEF18 focuses on enabling agile, assured, and orchestrated communications services for the digital economy. MEF18 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; PoC 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. This year, the 4Q18 MEF Members Meeting and MEF SuperOp! will be collocated with MEF18.

Sponsorship Opportunities
For sponsorship information, please visit the MEF18 Sponsor Price List and Sponsorships and Benefits pages or email Alysia Bennett at alysia@mef.net.

Proof of Concept Showcase Submission Deadline – 29 June
The submission deadline for PoC Showcase proposals is 29 June 2018. See the submission form: MEF18 PoC Call for Proposals.docx. For questions about the popular PoC Showcase, contact Tom Dickson, MEF, at tom@mef.net.

2018 MEF Awards Submission Deadline – 7 September
The 2018 MEF Awards program is open for entries until 7 September 2018. The program recognizes service, application, technology, and professional excellence and innovation. To view the full listing of 44 award options and to submit an entry, visit the awards’ website .

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 Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN, Layer 1, and Layer 4-7 services across multiple provider networks. For more information: https://www.mef.net/.

Media Contact:
Ashley Schulte
Witz Communications for MEF
ashley@witzcommunications.com

Media Contact:

Ashley Schulte
Connect2 Communications for MEF
MEF@connect2comm.com