PLDT collars 3 trophies at 2019 MEF Awards in LA

LOS ANGELES – Philippine telco PLDT captured three trophies at the 2019 MEF Awards, which recognize excellence and innovation in the global communications solutions industry.

PLDT head for managed networking solutions Irene de Guzman receiving the award in Los Angeles

PLDT was named Network and Service Innovation of the Year for Asia Pacific, Retail Service Provider of the Year for Asia Pacific, and Wholesale Service Provider of the Year for Asia Pacific.

Irene de Guzman, head for managed enterprise networking solutions at PLDT, received the awards during the MEF19 networking event held at the JW Marriott LA Live.

MEF’s awards program is the largest in the world focused on network services powered by SD-WAN, Carrier Ethernet, LSO, SDN, and NFV technologies.

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

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
  • 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

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.

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