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AT&T, Verizon, C&W Networks, CenturyLink, Global Capacity, Internexa, Telstra, Oracle, WebNMS, Cylance, CDG, Raisecom & Viavi Among The Latest To Join

Los Angeles, 14 April 2016 - The MEF is pleased to announce growing momentum for the MEF16 global networking conference (www.MEF16.com) being held on 7-10 November 2016 at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel. More than 60 supporting companies and organizations are lined up so far, including 40 service provider and technology vendor sponsors and 22+ analyst, press, and other event partners.

Newly announced MEF16 sponsors include: Platinum Sponsors AT&T and Verizon; Gold Sponsors Oracle Communications and WebNMS; Silver Sponsors C&W Networks, Global Capacity, Internexa, Telstra, and Cylance; and Bronze Sponsors CenturyLink, CDG, Raisecom, and Viavi Solutions.

“We are delighted to welcome a large group of additional event supporters who are focused on accelerating the industry transition to on-demand “Third Network” services delivered over networks powered by CE 2.0 (Carrier Ethernet 2.0), LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, and NFV,” said Kevin Vachon, Chief Operating Officer of the MEF. “We are especially pleased that service providers account for 40% of our sponsors. This includes a variety of operators that provide services in Asia, EMEA, Latin America, and North America.”

MEF16’s sponsor list includes leading global, national, and regional service providers, technology solutions providers, software services and network consulting firms, and testing companies.

Platinum Sponsors: AT&TComcast BusinessPCCW Global, and Verizon.

Gold Sponsors: Telecom Italia SparkleAccedianAmdocsCENXCienaFujitsuInfoVistaMRVNEC / NetCrackerOracle CommunicationsRAD, and WebNMS.

Silver Sponsors: C&W NetworksGlobal CapacityInternexaLevel 3PLDTTelstraWindstreamXOZayoCylanceIometrix, and Juniper Networks.

Bronze Sponsors: CenturyLinkADVA Optical NetworkingAmartusCanoga PerkinsCDGDatavisionInterface Masters TechnologiesOmnitron SystemsRaisecomTelco Systems, and Viavi Solutions.

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. Participating analyst firms include: ATLANTIC-ACMCurrent AnalysisDougherty &  CompanyFrost & SullivanIDCIHS InfoneticsMetanoiaMKM PartnersOvumTeleGeography, and Vertical Systems Group. Media partners include: Carrier Ethernet Linked-In Group, Converge! Network DigestEthernet AcademySDxCentralTelecom ReviewTelecomTV, and Third Network News. Additional event partners include ON.LabBurner & AssociatesZonic Group, and others to be announced.

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, and Global Media Hub. MEF16 also will feature a new Standards & Open Source Summit. Pre-conference activities include MEF Workshops on LSO, OpenLSO, OpenCS, Future Certifications, and Wholesale Services topics.

More information is available on the MEF16 website (MEF16.com). 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 agile, assured and orchestrated Third Network services for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world, with user-directed control over network resources and cloud connectivity. Optimized for real-time, QoS-enabled, secured traffic and integration of value-added network functions-as-a-service, Third Network services are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks globally powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV.

The MEF leverages its global 200+ network operators and technology 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 and implementation framework that includes architecture, information models, service definitions, operational processes, open source community, 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.

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Asia Pacific:
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