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Trio Lands Ethernet Carrier Awards

LONDON -- Light Reading's Ethernet Expo: Europe 2007 -- Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG), BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), and Colt Technology Services Group Ltd are the winners of this year's Heavy Reading Ethernet Service Provider of the Year Awards for Europe.

Stan Hubbard, Heavy Reading Senior Analyst and Ethernet Expo: Europe 2007 Conference Chair, presented BT with the Market Leadership Award, while COLT bagged the Product Portfolio Award and Belgacom landed the Innovation Award. (Click below to see the slideshow.)



Hubbard said BT had made a "strategic commitment to Ethernet technology and services," putting the technology at the heart of its 21CN next-generation network, and had "played a key role in driving industry debate and standards," particularly in relation to PBT (Provider backbone Transport). (See PBT Stars at Ethernet Expo , Nortel, Siemens Win PBT Deals at BT, and 21CN: It's an Ethernet Thing.)

COLT, meanwhile, has a "very broad portfolio of MEF -certified services and Ethernet-based applications" and a "wide range of geographic coverage options." Hubbard added that the pan-European operator should be commended for "embracing next-generation technologies, such as new access options," and is "strategically committed to deploying high-performance technologies." (See COLT Boosts Ethernet Speeds and COLT Deploys Actelis.)

In the Innovation category, Hubbard praised Belgacom for its "strong emphasis on security," and for its strong focus on Ethernet as part of its migration from legacy networks to a converged IP/MPLS network. The analyst particularly liked Belgacom's strong marketing push for its new Ethernet services and the decision to incentivize sales staff to sell those new services. (See Belgacom Explores NGN.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading


Interested in learning more on this topic? Then come to Ethernet Expo 2007, a conference and exhibition that will explore major carrier Ethernet networking and service trends. To be staged in New York City, October 15-17, admission is free for attendees meeting our prequalification criteria. For more information, or to register, click here.


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