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CenturyLink, PLDT, Colt amongst MEF 2019 Award winners

22 Nov 2019

 MEG has named the winners of the MEF 2019 Awards, which recognises providers and emerging services powered by software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN), carrier ethernet, software-defined networking (SDN), lifecycle service orchestration (LSO), and network function virtualisation (NFV).

“MEF is pleased to congratulate this year’s award winners for their outstanding work in driving industry transformation,” comments MEF president Nan Chen.

“We appreciate the dedication of the teams at so many companies who are committed to developing and delivering service and technology solutions with compelling and lasting value for customers. The companies recognized in the MEF Awards program are true industry leaders.”

Judges for the above 2019 MEF Awards covering services, applications, and technologies include senior analysts from ATLANTIC-ACM, AvidThink, Dell’Oro, Frost & Sullivan, Ovum, and Vertical Systems, along with independent judges.

Service Provider and Enterprise Application Award Winners

Network & Service Innovation

  • Global – AT&T
  • APAC – PLDT
  • Europe – Colt Technology Services
  • North America – AT&T

Retail Service Provider of the Year

  • Global – CenturyLink and Verizon (tie)
  • APAC – PLDT
  • Europe – Colt Technology Services
  • North America – CenturyLink

Wholesale Service Provider of the Year

  • Global – CenturyLink & PCCW Global (tie)
  • APAC – PLDT
  • Europe – Colt Technology Services
  • North America – AT&T

SD-WAN Service Provider of the Year

  • Global – CenturyLink
  • APAC – Tata Communications
  • Europe – Orange Business Services
  • North America – CenturyLink & Windstream Enterprise (tie)

Africa Service Provider of the Year – Liquid Telecom

CALA Service Provider of the Year – Ufinet

Middle East Provider of the Year – Saudi Telecom Company

Special Awards

  • LSO Leadership – AT&T and Colt Technology Services
  • Best Marketing – Verizon

Enterprise Application of the Year

  • Advertising – Colt Technology Services
  • Education – CenturyLink
  • Financial – Comcast Business
  • Government – AT&T
  • Manufacturing – Spectrum Enterprise
  • Media – Tata Communications
  • Retail – QOS Networks
  • Sports & Entertainment – Comcast Business
  • Transportation – CenturyLink

Technology Solutions Award Winners

  • Technology Provider of the Year – NEC/Netcracker
  • Carrier Ethernet & IP – Nokia
  • LSO Leadership – NEC/Netcracker
  • NFV – Ekinops
  • NFV Infrastructure – Equinix
  • Optical – Ciena
  • SD-WAN – VMware
  • Service Analytics – Infovista
  • Service Assurance – Infovista
  • Service Automation – Amdocs & NEC/Netcracker (tie)
  • Multi-Vendor Solution – NEC/Netcracker & Versa Networks

Professional Award Winners

  • Industry Executive of the Year – Jeff Storey, President & CEO, CenturyLink
  • MEF Distinguished Fellow – David Ball, Principal Engineer, Cisco
  • Accredited Training Partner of the Year – Carrier Ethernet Academy