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Focused On Dynamic, Assured & Orchestrated "Third Network" Services Powered By CE 2.0, LSO, SDN & NFV

Los Angeles, 18 February 2016 - The MEF (www.MEF.net) is pleased to announce the first set of participating sponsors at the MEF16 global networking conference to be held during 7-10 November 2016 at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel. With a target audience of 1,200+ attendees from more than 300 organizations and 35+ countries, MEF16 is the must-attend annual networking event for executives and other senior professionals involved in the Carrier Ethernet and burgeoning Third Network services & technology ecosystem.

“We are excited by the excellent support MEF16 has received from service and technology companies looking to speed the shift to dynamic, assured, and orchestrated “Third Network” services optimized for the hyper-connected world,” said Kevin Vachon, COO of the MEF. “Just over the horizon, we can envision a growing number of game-changing services being delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by Carrier Ethernet 2.0, LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, and NFV. MEF16 will present a roadmap for how we get there and demonstrate the type of innovations we can expect along the way.”

MEF16's initial sponsor list of 28+ companies includes leading global, national, and regional service providers, technology solutions providers, software services and network consulting firms, and testing companies.

Platinum Sponsors: Comcast Business and PCCW Global.

Gold Sponsors: Telecom Italia Sparkle, Accedian, Amdocs, CENX, Ciena, Fujitsu, Infovista, MRV, NEC / NetCracker, and RAD.

Silver Sponsors: Level 3, PLDT, Windstream, XO, Zayo, Iometrix, and Juniper Networks.

Bronze Sponsors: ADVA Optical Networking, Amartus, Canoga Perkins, Datavision, Interface Masters Technologies, Omnitron Systems, and Telco Systems.

Additional Sponsors: Fibrenoire as well as others to be announced soon.

MEF16 also will be supported by dozens of media, industry and equity research firms, standards and open source organizations, and other partners. Initial participating analyst firms include: ATLANTIC-ACM, Current Analysis, Dougherty &  Company, Frost & Sullivan, IDC, IHS Infonetics, Metanoia, MKM Partners, Ovum, TeleGeography, and Vertical Systems Group. Early media partners include: Carrier Ethernet Linked-In Group, Converge! Network Digest, Ethernet Academy, SDxCentral, Telecom Review, TelecomTV, and Third Network News. Media relations and event partners include Burner & Associates, Zonic Group and others to be announced soon.


About MEF16

MEF16 is the premier annual global networking event focused on enabling dynamic, assured, and orchestrated Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world. MEF16 is bringing together a global array of 120+ CE, LSO, SDN, NFV, and Cloud expert speakers from around the world to contribute to the event’s program and networking opportunities. Event content and peer-to-peer networking opportunities are designed to appeal to experts from retail, wholesale, and mobile service providers; cloud service providers; mid-to-large businesses; government & defense organizations; technology solutions suppliers; industry standards & open source organizations; investors; analyst firms; the press; and others.

MEF16 will uniquely empower industry stakeholders with high-quality information & analysis, extraordinary peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and valuable insight into cutting-edge services & technologies. This year's event will expand popular elements of last year’s program, including the Proof of Concept Service & Technology Showcase, MEF Excellence Awards Dinner, LSO Hackathon; MEF Services Interconnect Zone, MEF Certified Professionals Convention, Global Media Hub, Standards & Open Source Projects program content, sponsor workshops, and more. More information will be available on the MEF16 website (MEF16.com) in the coming weeks.

Sign up now to take advantage of the Early Bird Savings of 15% on Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsor packages & 10% on additional sponsorship options. For sponsorship information, please contact Alysia Bennett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


About the MEF

The MEF is the driving force enabling Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world, providing an on-demand, orchestrated, assured, and secured experience with user-directed control over network resources and cloud connectivity. Optimized for real-time traffic and integration of value-added network functions-as-a-service, Third Network services are delivered over more automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by CE 2.0, LSO, SDN, and NFV.

The MEF’s strategy leverages its global 220+ service provider and vendor community, builds upon the robust $80 billion Carrier Ethernet market, and provides a practical evolution to the Third Network with LSO, SDN, and NFV implementations that build upon a CE 2.0 foundation.  The MEF has established a technical framework that includes architecture, information models, service definitions, operational processes, open source implementations, and certification programs. MEF work is conducted internally and – under the guidance of the MEF UNITE program – in collaboration with global standards organizations and open source projects. See MEF.net for more information.


Media Contacts:

USA & International PR contact:

Hannah Whitrow

Zonic Group PR

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+44 7760 806 070


UWE Scholz


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+49 172 3988 114

Asia Pacific:

Shirley Yeh

Zonic PR Asia

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+86 21 321 00018





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