The market for optical and Ethernet services continues to thrive, providing the catalyst for network operators to further innovate and provide customers with products that meet the market's needs for greater control, customization, security and management features.
The winner will be announced at the Leading Lights Awards dinner on Monday, May 23, at the Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas. The following day, the Big Communications Event 2016 opens its doors for two days of networking, learning and fun.
To find out which companies were shortlisted in all 26 Leading Lights categories, see Leading Lights 2016: The Finalists.
So let's take a look at the shortlisted entries in the Most Innovative Ethernet/Optical Service category.
Colt Technology Services Group -- Colt On Demand services platform
Colt has revamped the way it enables its customers to order and activate Ethernet services in near real time, giving them direct control of their networks from ordering, to modifying a service and then ending it. The service, currently available between 11 locations but due to be expanded to 56 locations this year, is built on SDN and NFV foundations and, like cloud services, are automated and enabled when customers need it, backed by service level agreements (SLAs). This is an early example of what SDN and NFV can deliver from one of Europe's virtualization front-runners.
Hibernia Networks -- Low Latency Services enabled by Hibernia Express
This service, which runs between major financial centers in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, is designed for latency-sensitive applications, including financial trades, media-rich content transfers and machine-to-machine cloud-based applications. The service is used by companies in the finance, Web services, media and communications services companies.
The service is enabled by Hibernia's innovative network design and the use of the latest optical technology, including Corning EX2000 pure silica core fiber, which enables sub-59ms latency between New York and London on the Hibernia Express cable, which has potential capacity of 53 Tbit/s.
— Ray Le Maistre, , Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading