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April 25, 2007
As the chair of Light Reading's Ethernet Expo: Europe 2007, I am proud to introduce the finalists for Heavy Reading’s 2007 Ethernet Service Provider of the Year Awards for Europe. The award winners will be announced at Ethernet Expo in London on Thursday, May 3. This event is likely to be one of the largest carrier Ethernet shows ever held in Europe, drawing hundreds of attendees from some 40 countries around the world.
European operators generally have been at the forefront of the deployment of carrier Ethernet, MPLS, and VPLS technology in support of high-performance Ethernet enterprise connectivity services, Ethernet-based business applications like VOIP and storage extension, and Ethernet-based consumer services like IPTV. Heavy Reading has tracked these developments, paying particularly close attention to the transformation taking place in the business data services market.
As in other regions of the world, enterprise customers in Europe increasingly are shifting away from legacy ATM, Frame Relay, and TDM leased-line services toward Ethernet and IP VPN services. The Ethernet award finalists listed below are helping accelerate this shift by delivering the benefits of Ethernet to more customer locations and to a wide range of enterprise end-users, including small and medium-size businesses.
While Heavy Reading has found tremendous change taking place throughout the market, we concluded that the service providers named below are most worthy of consideration for this year’s awards for: (1) Market Leadership; (2) Product Portfolio; and (3) Innovation. Enterprise customers and industry professionals will have a chance to hear directly from these operators during next week’s Ethernet Expo: Europe 2007.
Market Leadership Award Finalists:
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)
Colt Technology Services Group Ltd
Orange Business Services
This award is given to the service provider that has best demonstrated carrier Ethernet services leadership, based on a broad set of factors, including:
Carrier Ethernet services strategy and plans
Ethernet services revenue momentum and customer traction
Breadth, depth, and geographic coverage of Ethernet connectivity services and applications portfolio
Demonstrated efforts to increase Ethernet service availability
Demonstrated commitment to deploy new network technologies that enhance the feature-richness of the Ethernet portfolio
Demonstrated leadership within industry standards bodies and at Ethernet-related public events
Product Portfolio Award Finalists:
Virgin Media Business Ltd.
This award is given to the service provider that provides the strongest Ethernet services connectivity and applications portfolio, based on the following criteria:
Variety of Ethernet connectivity services and Ethernet-based value-added applications
Geographic distance options
Service reach and coverage density within markets
Service speeds and bandwidth scaleability
Service performance and bandwidth profile attributes that can be used to make service-level agreements
Proven means to smoothly migrate customers from legacy data services to next-generation Ethernet services
Innovation Award Finalists:
Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG)
Interoute Communications Ltd.
THUS plc (London: THUS)
This award is given to the service provider that has demonstrated the greatest sales, marketing, and product innovation based on the following criteria:
Clear commitment to shift customers from legacy data services toward next-generation Ethernet connectivity services and applications
Deployment of new network technologies that enhance the feature-richness of the Ethernet portfolio
Choice of service access on-ramps
Solutions tailored for particular industry verticals
Web service portals and other means of improving the customer experience
Innovative sales and marketing campaigns
— Stan Hubbard, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
Interested in learning more on this topic? Then come to Ethernet Expo: Europe 2007, a conference and exhibition that will explore major carrier Ethernet networking and service trends. To be staged in London, on May 2 & 3, admission is free for attendees meeting our prequalification criteria. For more information, or to register, click here.
Director, Communications & Research, MEF
Stan is a communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in industry analysis, forecasting, strategic marketing, and event programming. In 2013, he joined the MEF, where he is directing program development for MEF global networking events, managing industry analyst relations, and developing research and other initiatives to help accelerate MEF 3.0 adoption and LSO development. Prior to the MEF, Stan was a Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading for 9 years where he focused on carrier Ethernet services and network equipment markets and SDN. He chaired about 20 major Light Reading technology events. Before Heavy Reading, Stan was the director of market intelligence at Ciena. Hubbard holds a B.S. in political science from Texas Christian University and a Master's in international diplomacy and security from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston, MA.
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