Founding Partners with Carrier Ethernet

Colt Technology Services

Colt is Europe’s leading information delivery platform, enabling its customers to share process and store their vital business information.

Colt is an established leader in delivering integrated networking and IT managed services to major and mid-sized businesses and wholesale customers. Colt operates a 13-country, 25,000 km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 34 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 16,000 buildings and 19 Colt data centres.

Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT).

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The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE : ALU) is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost centres of research and innovation in communications technology.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organisations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

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EQUINIX - A leading provider of global data center services Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) provides a high performance global service delivery platform that protects and connects the world’s information through its network of 90 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers.

Located across 35 Metro areas in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Equinix offers businesses a place to reliably run their operations and securely exchange critical information. Every day, without compromise, the people who control the world’s most valued information assets place their trust in us, leveraging our insight, expertise and world-class service to protect and connect what matters to them most—their information.

Global enterprises, content and financial companies and more than 595 network service providers rely upon Equinix’s insight and expertise to protect and connect their most valued information assets. Equinix is the preferred destination for the mission-critical operations of the world’s most demanding businesses.

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Infinera provides Digital Optical Networking systems to telecommunications carriers world-wide.

Infinera’s systems are unique in their use of a breakthrough semiconductor technology: the Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC). Infinera’s systems and PIC technology are designed to provide optical networks with simpler and more flexible engineering and operations, faster time-to-service, and the ability to rapidly deliver differentiated services without reengineering their optical infrastructure.

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Cisco is the world-wide leader in networking, providing the broadest line of solutions for transporting data, voice, and video within buildings, across campuses, or globally. Cisco Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions are the foundation of the Internet and most corporate, education, and government networks world-wide.

Cisco is recognised as a pioneer, using the Internet to provide customer support, sell products, offer training, and manage finances. The tradition of innovation continues as Cisco creates leading products and key technologies to make the Internet more useful and dynamic in the years ahead.

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Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks® delivers innovative software, silicon, and systems that transform the experience and economics of networking for global service providers, leading enterprises, and public sector organisations. Our core routers, switches, and security hardware and software run the world’s largest and most demanding global networks.

Today, Juniper remains uniquely positioned to maintain industry leadership based on our core competencies in architecture, silicon design, and our open cross-network software platform that includes the popular Junos operating system, Junos Space network application platform, and Junos Pulse integrated network client. Juniper has an exclusive focus on providing solutions that solve the toughest and most complex networking problems—delivering on the promise of the “New Network.”

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ADVA Optical Networking

ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: ADV) is a global provider of intelligent telecommunications infrastructure solutions. With software-automated Optical+Ethernet transmission technology, the Company builds the foundation for high-speed, next-generation networks.

The Company’s FSP product family adds scalability and intelligence to customers’ networks while removing complexity and cost. With a flexible and fast-moving organisation, ADVA Optical Networking forges close partnerships with its customers to meet the growing demand for data, storage, voice and video services.

Thanks to reliable performance for more than 15 years, the Company has become a trusted partner for more than 250 carriers and 10,000 enterprises across the globe.

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InfoVista simplifies mobile, broadband and business service assurance by offering a new level of visibility and control across the all-IP network, with unified network, service and application performance management, self-service customer and operational reporting, and the intelligence to process customized and actionable information in real-time.

Convergent, holistic and visionary monitoring of service quality across converging domains enables telecom providers to manage perception of service quality, optimize capacities and resources, identify and resolve quality issues before customers are impacted, and extend SLA monitoring to better meet customer experience expectations, regardless of where their customers may be.

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Transmode is a leading provider of optical networking solutions for transport of data, voice and video traffic, based on CWDM and DWDM technology (Coarse/Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing).

Transmode's unique Intelligent WDM (iWDM®) approach has lead to widespread deployment of over 10000 systems in a customer base consisting of more than 250 fixed and mobile network operators, service providers, large enterprises and public institutions across Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Transmode's comprehensive product portfolio and strong global organisation enable our customers to grow the capacity and to improve service level of their regional, metro and metro access networks, on a cost-efficient basis without compromising on functionality.

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Ceragon Networks

Ceragon Networks Ltd. is a leading provider of high-capacity LTE-ready wireless backhaul solutions.

We provide a broad portfolio of innovative, field-proven, high capacity wireless backhaul solutions for wireless service providers as well as private businesses. These solutions are designed to deliver voice and premium data services, eliminate the backhaul capacity bottleneck, significantly reduce backhaul costs and transition to next generation IP-based networks.

Ceragon's focus on backhaul is a significant advantage as it serves all types of access technologies, and any type of network. The main driver of Ceragon's business is its modular FibeAir® product family, a cutting-edge, high-capacity solution for wireless backhaul transport of broadband services over IP and SONET/SDH networks.

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Vertical Systems Group

Vertical Systems Group is a specialised market research and strategic consulting firm that is recognised as a thought leader on business data services trends and statistics.

The company’s research focuses on carrier Ethernet services, IP/MPLS VPNs, Private Lines, Frame Relay, ATM, DSL, and broadband Internet. Clients include leading equipment vendors, service providers, enterprise users, financial entities and industry organisations throughout the world.

Syndicated research is offered exclusively through ENS (Emerging Networks Service) Research Programs, which feature web-based access to hundreds of research topics, plus analyst support for consultations. Vertical Systems Group’s proprietary research methodology maps “real world” customer demand to market supply, enabling detailed quantification on how legacy services are impacted by industry shifts to emerging and competing technologies.

Vertical Systems Group is a co-sponsor and contributor to the Ethernet Academy.

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The Broadband Forum

The Broadband Forum mission is to develop the full potential of broadband. Focused on home-to-core network and management solutions, our standards empower providers to achieve more with their broadband deployment. The Broadband Forum is a global consortium of approximately 200 leading industry players covering telecom equipment, computing, networking and service provider companies.

Established in 1994 as the ADSL Forum and later as the DSL Forum, the Broadband Forum has seen its work over the past 14 years evolve from addressing physical layer ADSL transport specifications to advanced transport and management specifications for all forms of broadband. With its union with the IP/MPLS Forum, the Broadband Forum is now the central body for next generation IP network specifications.

The Broadband Forum’s formal BroadbandSuite™ Release Program and all technical reports are publicly available.

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Ethernet Academy

The Ethernet Academy is a focal point in the carrier Ethernet industry aggregating all technical knowledge relating to carrier Ethernet in one place.

The site delivers up-to-date information and expert advice through high quality peer reviewed papers, collaborative forums, blogs and a community of experts. The Ethernet Academy brings the world-wide Ethernet community together to share its technical knowledge, explores and advances the frontiers of the technology. The site offers Peer Reviewed Papers authored by industry experts on key carrier Ethernet technology topics and encourages industry professionals to submit their own papers for Peer Review.

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The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 160 organisations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors, and testing organisations.

The MEF’s mission is to accelerate the world-wide adoption of carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet world-wide.

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