PLDT snatches two trophies at 2018 MEF Awards in LA

Local telco PLDT captured two awards at the recently held MEF 2018 Awards in Los Angeles, California.

Organized by industry group MEF, the MEF 2018 Awards is the largest awards program in the world focusing on emerging network services powered by LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, NFV, SD-WAN, and Carrier Ethernet technologies.

Photo shows executives of PLDT at MEF18 in Los Angeles

This year’s MEF awards recognized 21 companies for service, application, technology, and professional excellence and innovation. Winners were recognized during the MEF Awards Gala Dinner at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

PLDT was adjudged as the winner in Network and Service Innovation for the Asia Pacific region. It was also recognized as the Retail Service Provider of the Year for Asia Pacific.

“MEF received countless submissions this year from innovative companies showcasing transformative services and technologies,” said Nan Chen, president of MEF.

“We are thrilled to see all of the excellent work from dozens of companies and thought leaders who are helping accelerate the industry transition to assured services orchestrated across automated networks. We are pleased to congratulate this year’s award winners.”

Service Provider and Enterprise Application Award Winners

Network and Service Innovation:

• Global – AT&T

• Asia Pacific – PLDT

• Europe – Colt

• North America – AT&T

Retail Service Provider of the Year:

• Global – Verizon

• Asia Pacific – PLDT

• Europe – Colt

• North America – CenturyLink & Spectrum Enterprise (tie)

Wholesale Service Provider of the Year:

• Global – PCCW Global

• Asia Pacific – Tata Communications

• Europe – Colt

• North America – CenturyLink

• Africa Service Provider of the Year – Liquid Telecom

• CALA Service Provider of the Year – Ufinet

Special Awards

• Best SD-WAN Managed Service, Network-Based – AT&T

• Best SD-WAN Managed Service, OTT – AT&T

• LSO Leadership – CenturyLink

• Best Marketing – Verizon

Enterprise Application of the Year

• Education – Colt

• Financial – Tata Communications

• Health – Spectrum Enterprise

• Government – Spectrum Enterprise

• Hospitality – Comcast Business

• Media – CenturyLink

• Retail – Tata Communications

• Sports & Entertainment – Colt

Technology Solutions Award Winners

• Technology Provider of the Year – Ciena

• Carrier Ethernet & IP – Nokia

• LSO Leadership – Ciena

• NFV – RAD

• Optical – Ciena

• SD-WAN – Nuage

• Service Analytics – Accedian

• Service Assurance – Ciena & EXFO (tie)

• Service Automation – Amdocs & NEC/Netcracker (tie)

• Multi-Vendor Solution – Infinera and NEC/Netcracker

Professional Award Winners

• Industry Executive of the Year – Marc Halbfinger, CEO of Global

• MEF Distinguished Fellow – Jack Pugaczewski, Distinguished Architect, CenturyLink

• Accredited Training Partner of the Year – Carrier Ethernet Academy

The judging panel for the MEF Awards was comprised of global and regional senior analysts from ACG Research, Atlantic-ACM, Dell’Oro, Frost & Sullivan, Futuriom, IHS Markit, Ovum, and Vertical Systems Research, in addition to independent judges.

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